Adjectives - They Can Compare!

Contributor: Jennifer Blanchard. Lesson ID: 13806

Adjectives can tell how things are different, but they can also tell how things are the same! You'll get to try it out for yourself in this lesson. Let's get started!



English / Language Arts
learning style
Auditory, Visual
personality style
Otter, Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Intermediate (3-5)
Lesson Type
Skill Sharpener

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Look at these two pictures:

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  • Why would we look at two pictures of the same thing?

Wait a minute...these pictures aren't EXACTLY the same. There are seven differences between the two pictures.

  • Can you spot what's different?

When you are ready, check the answer below:

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This is just warming you up and getting you ready for what we'll learn today. Let's go see what our lesson has for us!

In this lesson, you will learn how adjectives are used to compare things. This is important because it will help you to describe things with better detail.

  • Was it easy or hard for you to spot the differences between the pictures above?

Just like the changes in the pictures showed what was different, words like adjectives let us know what is the same or different about whatever we are talking about.

  • First of all, what are adjectives?

Watch What is an Adjective? | Learn all about Adjectives for kids! | Grades 1-3, from Clarendon Learning, for a quick review:

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Using adjectives to describe different nouns helps us see what is the same or different about those nouns.

For example, let's talk about two restaurants:

  • The restaurant in the city is very expensive.
  • The restaurant near the park is more crowded.

Adding the words very and more helps us understand that we are talking about -- and comparing -- two different restaurants.

Comparative adjectives are a special type of adjective used to compare, or say what's similar or different about, two or more things. They show that one noun is more of something than the others.

Most comparative adjectives end in -er. For example:

  • taller
  • smarter
  • crazier

Sometimes, though, we just add a word such as more or less before the adjective INSTEAD of adding an -er at the end.

As you can see, none of these comparative adjectives would work by themselves. They always need to describe two or more nouns.

They help us to see what's the same or different about them.

Keep going in the Got It? section!

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