“Every family tree produces some lemons, some nuts, and a few bad apples.”
– Wise Author Unknown
Sprout English’s NEW Comparative Adjectives lesson plan for young learners covers everything from the basic grammar explanation to spelling rules and exceptions. After your students learn the rules and practice making comparisons of people, places, and things on paper, be sure to do some oral practice off the page!
Here is a fun activity you can do with your young learners. This Family Tree Craft will help your learners review English vocabulary for members of the family while also practicing comparative adjectives for describing people.
Family Tree Craft
1. Give each student a copy of Tanya’s handy list of Comparative Adjectives for Describing People.
2. Print a Family Tree worksheet for each student.
3. Have your students fill out names of some people from their family on the leaves that are provided (pages 2–3). They should try to fill out at least 10 leaves. There are extra leaves available for step-family members and large families.
4. Have your students write one adjective on each leaf (e.g., tall, pretty, young, cute, funny). Encourage them to use physical and personality traits that describe members of their family.
5. Have students cut the leaves out and paste them on the tree limbs (page 1). Older students can be encouraged to do this in an organized fashion. They can paste the mother’s relatives on one side and the father’s relatives on the other side. They can paste older relatives at the top and younger ones at the bottom. Younger learners can just paste the leaves anywhere on the tree.
6. Now have students walk around the room with their trees. They should tell their classmates about their family members. Encourage your students to turn their adjectives into comparative adjectives as they talk about their relatives.
My mother is young. She is younger than my father.
My sister is smart. She is smarter than my brother.
Uncle Max is funny. He is funnier than my dad.
My grandfather is famous. He is more famous than my grandmother.
After your students have had some time to talk to their classmates about their own families, you can extend this activity by having students compare family members from each other’s families. They can compare qualities such as height, age, and personality while talking about their grandmothers, brothers, and cousins. Teach them how to use “I bet” to make comparisons that they aren’t sure about.
I bet my brother is more annoying than your brother.
I bet my sister is taller than your sister.
I bet my grandmother is older than your grandmother.
Note: Depending on the age and maturity of your students, you may need to remind them to be kind and polite. They may come up with examples that will hurt each other’s feelings. Encourage them to be positive if necessary.
A Bigger, Brighter Tree – An Adaptation
If your more advanced students want to create bigger family trees, give them each a larger piece of paper and have them draw or paint their own trees. Cut out leaves from yellow and orange construction paper and have your students write the family members and adjectives on the leaves. You could write family member vocabulary (aunt, uncle, grandmother, etc.) on the board, or give them the worksheet to copy from.