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SUBMITTED BY: Glen Hibbert

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Logic puzzle from Planet Eigo JET textbook


GRAMMAR: Superlative: -est

EXAMPLE: The strongest man is interested in flowers.

DATE ADDED: Nov 27, 2012

Small Classes (1-15 Students)ÒLarge Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


15-30 min.

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OUTLINE: Students work in groups to solve a logic puzzle based on superlative adjectives and the phrase `is interested in` to describe hobbies. Practices reading, writing, speaking and listening.



  • PeoplePuzzle attachment: One large copy for each group.
  • Envelopes: One for each group.


  1. Before the lesson:
    •  Make a large copy of People Puzzle page 1 for each group.
    • Cut up the clues on page 2 of the attachment and put them into a separate envelope for each group.
  2. Before the start of the activity make sure the students are familiar with the expression "to be interested in."
  3. Next, to explain how to do a logic puzzle I drew three stick figures on the board, one big one tall and one short with three boxes above them labeled `names` and three below labelled `interests` (as on the handout). I then wrote the clues `Harry is the biggest` and `The biggest boy is interested in cooking` and asked the students which is the biggest and what I should write in the space. I then repeated the process with the other clues.
  4. JTE and I demoed how the students would one by one take a clue out of the envelope, read it for the group and then decide together what to write on the sheet, the `writer` to be decided by group agreement. I emphasized the importance of reading clue ALOUD to the group not just showing it to others for them to read.
  5. Set a time limit, a reward for first finished and say "GO!"


  • If you want to emphasize the speaking and listening part get students to take turns getting a verbal clue from ALT/JTE and relaying to the group. 
  • You could also make the activity longer by hiding clues around the room.


  • I circulated and gave hints to any struggling groups. I play this game without the last hint, so they have to make a slight logical leap to work out Jane is interested in flowers, but most of my students got this. If you have a lower level group you may want to leave the last hint (#10) in there.

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