Forming Plural Nouns by ECSDM
English Language Arts (2005), English as a Second Language
Intermediate, 6th Grade, 7th Grade, 8th Grade
The students have prior knowledge of nouns. We have worked on identifying and categorizing nouns. After reading several pieces of literature, the students have categorized the nouns as people, places, things, and ideas. The students are also aware of the difference between concrete and abstract nouns. As we completed these activities, it became very apparent that the students were having difficulty changing nouns from singular to plural. They also had difficulty spelling plural nouns. This lesson is intended to address these weaknesses.
In this lesson, students will learn the rules for changing nouns from singular to plural. Through interactive SMART Board activities, students will practice changing singular nouns to plural nouns. As a culminating activity, students will create a collage of nouns where they identify both the singular and plural form of the noun.
Duration of Lesson
Three to five class periods - 45-minutes each
Class ParticipationNoun Collage Project.docIdentifying Nouns in Literature.doc
Completed Noun Collage with correctly spelled plural nouns
Identifying Nouns in Literature Activity
Future activities in which the students need to correctly spell plural nouns.
Singular and Plural Nouns.notebook
- Each piece of this lesson contains a mix of both modeling and guided practice.
- Begin by showing the first slide, which is a review of what a noun is. Use the magnifying glass to reveal the answers to the questions.
- Advance through each slide in the presentation. Slides should be presented in pairs.
- The first slide in each pair identifies a rule for changing a noun from singular to plural. Students should copy this information into their notebooks. (If there are students in class who have trouble taking notes from the board, the teacher should print a hard copy of the presentation. The students can take additional notes on their copy.)
- The second slide in each pair contains an interactive activity for the students to practice with. The students should take turns coming to the SMART Board to explain how they would change the noun to plural form. Then, they reveal their answer by using either the "magic eraser" or by sliding the word into the "magic paper."
- Once you have finished the SMART Board presentation, distribute magazines, construction paper, glue, and markers.
- Each student should find pictures of twenty nouns in the magazine. Cut out each picture and glue it to the construction paper.
- Students should then write the name of each noun in singular form under each picture. Then, they should write the noun in plural form. Students can refer to the rules in their notebook when writing the nouns in plural form.
- For the next class activity/quiz, students should read a piece of literature (teacher's choice, although a short story is recommended). Students should scan each page and list all the nouns. Next to each noun, they should write it in plural form.
- Students will recall that a noun is a person, place, thing, or idea.
- Students will understand that there are rules to help us understand how to change a noun from singular to plural.
- Students will learn the rules for creating plurals.
- Students will practice using the rules to create plural nouns.
- Students will demonstrate their understanding by identifying both the singular and plural forms of nouns.
SMART Board Set Up
SMART Notebook File
Hard Copy of Notebook File for Each Student