Comparing Objects – Comparison Activity

With this object comparison activity you will help your A1 students to practice present simple & comparison.

Here is a simple and fun comparison activity. With this object comparison activity you will help your A1 students to practice present simple & comparison.

You’ll be able to work the following ESL objectives (not all at once, unless you want to try!):

  1. Comparisons using there is / there are
  2. Prepositions of place in / on / at
  3. Countable and uncountable nouns
  4. Vocabulary of everyday things
  5. Quantifiers like many / more / much / fewer / less / a lot / a few / any / etc.

Now, did I go a little bit overboard with the amount of information on this resource? It’s possible… But, the good news is that this will give you lots of replay value even with the same group. It can be used for A1 students to practice new information or as a review for your A2’s.

How to use this resource:

There are few activities I can think of already, but I don’t think I’ve figured out the full potential of this activity just yet, so here are a few things I’ve figured out so far. You could…

  • Use 2 locations to compare one or more objects

Choose 2 locations from the middle of the resource for your students. Give them 2-3 minutes to compare how many / how much of something is in both. For your A2’s you should add the requirement of an explanation.

There are more bikes on a street than in a bank.
There is less ice cream in a church than at home because I always have ice cream at home…

  • Use quantifiers to talk about how many or how much of something is in a particular place.

Choose a location from the middle of the resource. Give your students 2-3 minutes to write down as many sentences as they can with as many different things as possible from the resource. Again, demand an explanation from your A2’s.

There is a lot of money in a bank.
There isn’t any ice cream in a bank.
There are some conversations in a bank when people come for money or loans.

  • Compare how many or how much of 2 different things are found in a particular place.

At home, there are more dogs than cats.
At home, there is much less ice cream than wine.
In a church, there is more money than there are people.

The nature of this resource opens itself up to different approaches, so have it! Use it any which way you want and let us know some of your creative methods in the comments.

1 review for Comparing Objects - Comparison Activity


    I did this for the first time today, and it was fun! Lots of creative possibilities for the students.

    Two corrections: “outside” is misspelled on the bottom left, and 1980s should be written without an apostrophe.


    • Ian Kime

      Thanks Rebekah!

      We fixed the typos and updated the PDF. Feel free to download the updated version 🙂


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Ian Kime

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I have been teaching English abroad since receiving my CELTA certificate in Poland in 2018. I enjoy tracking my individual students’ development but love having lessons with big groups! Now that I teach online, I am accompanied by my sidekicks Olaf, Mała, Pirate and Bandit on a regular basis.

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