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As Hungry As a Bear


SUBMITTED BY: Luke Highstead

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Akemi Wellington-Oguri

EDITED BY: Fiona Steele

GRAMMAR: Comparatives (irregulars)

EXAMPLE: They fly as high as a bird.

DATE ADDED: Sep 03, 2007


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students complete a worksheet based upon matching adjectives with their corresponding nouns.  



  •  AsHungryAsABear attachments: There are two - Noun Cards& Worksheet



  1. Think up then create a worksheet of 15-20 irregular comparisons (~ as high as a bird) phrases – as hungry as a bear, as easy as ABC, as fat as a pig, as weak as a kitten, etc.
  2. Make a picture card for each of the nouns and the written word on the reverse side. I choose adjectives the students knew, but chose unfamiliar nouns, hence the pictures.
  3. To play the game, have the students form groups of 3-4. Each group receives a card and they must figure out the saying that goes with the card. For example, give the first group a card, ‘a kite.’ They must find the kite’s corresponding adjective. Multiple adjectives can be used for some nouns but the group’s goal is to find the correct combination. While, for example, as light as a kite makes sense, the correct phrase is, "as light as a feather."
  4. When the group thinks they have the correct answer, one student from the group comes to the JTE/ALT and explains their answer. If they are correct, they receive the next card. If they are incorrect, they must go back to their team and come up with another answer. A different student must come each time.
  5. The first group to complete the worksheet is the winner.



  •  After the exercise, ask students to create their own original sayings.



  •  Shuffle each group’s cards. This should stop groups from eavesdropping on other teams.

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