Teaching “Taller, Larger, Longer” to 2nd Graders

Right about now, students are learning how to use comparatives using “er” at my school. This is a powerpoint I created with a co-worker that always has an impact with students. It shows students how to make comparisons by attaching “er” to adjectives (e.g. bigger, taller, faster, etc.).

Time: about 15 or 20 minutes

Level: 2nd grade JHS

Which is stronger, Godzilla or King Kong?

DOWNLOAD: Let’s Compare! – Powerpoint

Key Points about this powerpoint

  • It compares international landmarks, raising student awareness about the rest of the world.
  • It is presented in a quiz-show style so students can enjoy the thrill of guessing and discovery.
  • There is a section at the end where students can personalize the learning point by choosing between two things (e.g. math and English) and using the grammar to tell others about their preferences.


  • The PowerPoint uses Japanese translations for all the sentences — something which may be helpful to students. I have a feeling, though, that given the right class, it could be done without it.