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Comparing Cookies writing practice activity

Grade Level Grades 3-4
Resource Type Activity
Standards Alignment
Common Core State Standards


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This is a SIOP lesson plan. It is aligned with WIDA and Common Core Standards. 

WIDA Language Domain:  R, W, L, S                                    WIDA Standards Addressed: Language of ELA

Duration: 30-45 minutes

Content Objectives: (Stated in Student Friendly Language): SW practice comparative and superlative adjectives. SW write a paragraph in which they will compare things.

Language Objectives: (Stated in Student Friendly Language): SW write a paragraph comparing two cookies using comparative adjectives.

Key Vocabulary: Adjectives, compare, contrast

Materials (including Supplementary and Adapted): Chart tablet, markers, cookie comparison chart, cookies, sentence frames ___ is ____than ___. _____are___than_____.

Lesson Sequence

Warm up:

Review: Adjectives are words that describe a noun.

Think Pair Share: think of three different adjectives. 

Review: comparative adjectives compare two things to each other. Students will share with each other their examples.                 

Ex.  Good, better, best (irregular) more, most (irregular)

Anticipatory Set:

(Building Background)

Today we will compare two types of cookies and we then we will vote for the one that tastes the best. I want you to predict which cookie will taste better and why without tasting yet. Show the cookies to students and ask them to write their predictions on the whiteboard. Students will share their predictions at the end of the lesson.

Lesson Focus:

(Teacher Modeling)

Before we taste and describe the cookies, let’s review what an adjective is. What kind of adjectives can we use to describe the cookies?

Generate the list of words on the chart tablet.

Taste: delicious, yummy, scrumptious, tasty, sweet, flavorful, rich, light, bland, yucky

Appearance: appealing, inviting, enticing

Texture: crunchy, soft, chewy, nutty, flaky, hard

Remind students of rules to create comparative adjectives.

Comparative adjectives compare two things, people, or places unlike positive adjectives which stand alone and do not make comparisons between nouns. Frequently, the word than accompanies the comparative but not always.

Ex. Paul is taller than John.

Review of the rules adding a consonant to suffix –er, -y changing into –ier, using more when an adjective is made of more than 2 syllables.

Guided Practice:

(Constantly checking for understanding)

Students will receive 2 different types of cookies and a template. Students will fill in the blanks with the adjectives (taste, texture, appearance). Tell students that they will turn the table into a descriptive writing. Students will write a paragraph using at least 4-5 adjectives in a comparative form.

Teacher and students will fill in the first column (taste) together.

Independent Practice:

(Meaningful activities, interaction, strategies, practice)

Students will fill in the rest of the blanks (texture, appearance and overall) independently. Then students will write a paragraph comparing cookies, students will need to use at least 4-5 adjectives in a comparative form.


Students will read their predictions that they created at the beginning of the lesson and then they will share their paragraphs with comparative adjectives with their partners.



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Use concrete words and phrases and sensory details to convey experiences and events precisely.
Form and use comparative and superlative adjectives and adverbs, and choose between them depending on what is to be modified.
Write routinely over extended time frames (time for research, reflection, and revision) and shorter time frames (a single sitting or a day or two) for a range of discipline-specific tasks, purposes, and audiences.


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