
 To encourage students to use their knowledge and experiences
 To use mathematical concepts to encourage students to use their higherorder
thinking skills
 To help students develop their concept of size
 Use of higherorder thinking skills
 Use of knowledge
 Use of mathematical skills
 Integration of Content/Subject Areas
 Language Arts
 Social Studies
 Mathematics
 Character Building
Arrange the students in teams. Write the following words on the board:
small large tall smart
smaller larger taller smarter
smallest largest tallest smartest
Discuss the comparative qualities of each with the students. Ask what
the difference is between the words in each set. Have them demonstrate
their understanding by first creating some type of drawing or picture
that depicts the difference in the degree of words. After they have completed
their drawings or representations, have them write their descriptions
or explanations.
Example
long, longer, longest
Drawing
Descriptions/Explanations
Lina has long black hair, but Sue's hair is longer. Jennifer has the longest
hair of all the girls in our room.
Encourage the students to be as creative as they can as they think of
ways to describe the comparisons. Have each team share how they described
each set of words. Ask whether they can think of other words to compare.
Students may contribute other words, such as:
 big, bigger, biggest
 bright, brighter, brightest
 white, whiter, whitest
 black, blacker, blackest
 mad, madder, maddest
 narrow, narrower, narrowest
 wise, wiser, wisest
 neat, neater, neatest
 How did students use their critical thinking skills?
 Did students demonstrate an understanding of comparisons? How?
 Were students' writing skills enhanced? How?
 Were students able to distinguish words that could be used for comparisons
from those that would not fit into this category? How did they demonstrate
this knowledge?
