Superlative Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teach your students about superlatives with this lesson plan. Students will read a text lesson defining the term, showing how they work and viewing examples. Hands-on learning and a quiz make concepts stick.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define superlatives
  • describe how superlatives work
  • demonstrate understanding of superlatives


1 hour


Key Vocabulary

  • Superlative
  • Adjective

Curriculum Standards


Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.


Connect and Engage

  • Divide students into partner pairs and give them three minutes to brainstorm as many adjectives as they can. Review the definition of adjectives if necessary.
  • Review adjectives with students to make sure they're all accurate, then have each partner pair write five short sentences, each using one of the adjectives. Do an example together, such as 'The cat is fluffy.'


  • Tell students they'll now learn about a type of adjective called 'superlative.' Write the word on chart paper, then distribute the lesson Superlatives: Lesson for Kids.
  • Read the section 'What are Superlatives?' with students. Come up with a definition for 'superlative' with students and write on your anchor chart.
  • Now read 'How do Superlatives Work?' Record rules on chart paper with examples.
  • Have each partner pair choose one sentence and rewrite so the adjective becomes superlative. For example, 'The cat is the fluffiest.'
  • Walk around as groups work to guide learning, then allow each group to share their old and new sentence.
  • Read 'Adjective Review' and 'Irregular Words' together and record on chart paper with examples.
  • Have students check their sentences for any of these irregular words.
  • Read through the 'Examples' section with students, allowing them to practice at their seats.
  • Next have students rewrite their other four sentences using superlatives. Have them check with another group as you walk around the room to determine understanding.
  • Read the 'Lesson Summary' with students and take the quiz together to check understanding.

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