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SUBMITTED BY: James White & Patrick Bickford

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: The card game Top Trumps


GRAMMAR: Comparative/Superlative

EXAMPLE: Are you taller than Ninja Bob?

DATE ADDED: Nov 16, 2009


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


15-30 min.

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BRIEF OUTLINE:   Students use superlatives/comparatives to guess their partner's secret character card.



  • TopTrump worksheet: One copy for each student.



  1. After the class breaks into pairs and handing out the attachment to each student, everyone takes a minute and secretly chooses a character. The goal is to try and discover the other person's character.
  2. Start the activity by having the pairs play Janken and the winner starts by asking a comparative question: "Are you stronger than Ninja Bob?" The loser answers accordingly. Then, the pair switch roles and repeat until the secret character is discovered.
  3. Play as many times as the students are having fun.



  • The character cards can be affixed to thick paper, cutup, and distributed to each student or each group.
  • If a set is distributed to each student:
    • Students circulate, meet, play Janken, and the winner chooses one of the categories on the cards: 
      height, clever, nice, speed or power. Then, they choose a card from the other person's set, and visa-versa.  The student who has the higher number in the previously chosen category then makes a comparative sentence: "Godzilla is taller than Ninja Bob."
    • Once complete, the winner collects the card and they go their separate ways, find another partner and play again.
    • To get the sexes to mix, make a rule that boy/girl pairs can play two rounds. 
  • If a set is distributed to each group:
    • After deciding who goes first, the winner starts by challenging one student in the group: "<Character's name> is taller than you." Or, the winner can challenge the entire group: "<Character's name> is tallest of all." For the one-to-one challenge, the challengee creates a comparative sentence based upon the card they play: "Godzilla is taller than Ninja Bob." Even if the challengee doesn't have a card that beats the challenger, they must play a card and create a sentence: "Pokemon is NOT taller than Ninja Bob." For the group challenge, each person lays down a card and the winner creates a comparative sentence: "Ninja Bob is the tallest of all." 



  • Some of the titles on the cards might need to be explained beforehand. 

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