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I taught a lesson on comparatives and superlatives this afternoon (16/4/02) but I've only just thought of this game. It's a variation on similar comparative games. I haven't tried it yet so let me know how it goes if you use it!

It's simple (but hopefully effective), requiring only a dice for every three or four students and a whiteboard.

For round one of the game, elicit six nouns within a specific category from your students and write them up on the board. Number them from 1 to 6. For example:

1) Australia 4) Brazil
2) Korea 5) China
3) Japan 6) Spain

Put students into groups of three or four, with a dice for each group. The first student in a group rolls the dice twice, they must then (preferably within a fairly short time limit) make a comparison between the two nouns that correspond with the numbers they have rolled. Eg. If a student rolls a 5 and a 3, they might say: "China is bigger than Japan."

Students can carry on until the possibilities have been exhausted. By now they might recognise the potential for some wackiness. Have each member of the group write a list of six new nouns and pass it to another member. They then each have a new list and continue making ocmparisons from the words on that list, which will hopefully get them thinking laterally and challenge their use adjectival abilities!

Hope it brings some fun and energy into your class (and mine when I do comparatives and superlatives next!) as so many of the other recipes on this site have done for mine.

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