My students always need extra practice with how to use comparative adjectives correctly. I created this comparative adjectives activity to provide more opportunities to use words that end with ER and EST. The group writes sentences to show comparisons between two items and three or more items. They create the comparative sentences based on their interests and share with partners. Not only do students apply their knowledge of creating comparative adjectives, they also are thinking critically about how one event compares to another. For example, a student might think about lunch and could prepare a sentence that says, “Thursday’s lunch is tastier than Tuesday’s lunch but Friday’s pizza is the tastiest of all.”
Print the activity page by downloading it HERE. Use the notes page to review the rules for adding ER and EST to words. Allow students to brainstorm ideas and write multiple related sentences. As a bonus, have students choose their favorite comparison and illustrate it on a notecard.
Comparative Adjectives Notes and Ideas
- Add ER to adjectives when you compare two items.
- Add EST to adjectives when comparing three or more items.
- If a word is long and has multiple syllables, leave the word alone and insert the words MORE or MOST.
- Brainstorm examples of items in the classroom that we compare. A homework assignment might be shorter than a class assignment. The teacher’s voice might be the loudest when he/she is wanting the class’s attention.
- Brainstorm different foods and compare if they are sweeter, saltier, spicier, crispier.
- Look at a list of adjectives. Test to see if you can add ER or EST to the words. Then, think of situations where you might use the comparative version of the word.
To get comparative adjectives student notes and a free activity page, CLICK HERE. Use this activity as a whole group lessons or in a writing center. For another activity idea that helps students with shades of meaning, CLICK HERE.