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Let’s Get Irregular
Students will be able to form irregular plural nouns.
- Write the word “elf” on the board. Ask, “What do you call more than one elf?”
- After students answer, write the word “elves” on the board.
- Explain that regular plural nouns end with “s” but Irregular plural nounsFollow different rules.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher modeling(5 minutes)
- Tell students that the when nouns end with “f,” their plural form ends with “-ves.”
- Have students brainstorm a few words that end with “f” and make the plural forms together (leaf, loaf, half, etc.)
- Now tell students that when nouns end with “y” there are two rules to make the plural form:
- If a vowel comes before the "y," add an "s."
- If a consonant comes before the "y," you drop the "y" and add an "ies."
- Show a few examples of these rules (spy, library, toy, etc.).
- Finally, tell students that there are additional types of irregular plural nouns, like fish and people.
Guided practise(10 minutes)
- Hand out index cards to the students and have them write as many irregular plural nouns as they can (one per card).
- When students finish, they can trade their cards with a partner to check their work.
- After the entire class is finished, call on a few students to share some of the plural nouns they formed.
Independent working time(15 minutes)
- Pass out Plural Noun Sort and Getting Irregular worksheets. Have students complete the worksheets independently.
Enrichment:Have students write sentences featuring irregular plural nouns.
- Support:Help students to see the rules of irregular plural nouns by underlining the ending of the nouns.
- Assess students’ understanding by observing how they are forming irregular plural nouns and how they are distinguishing between regular and irregular plural nouns.
- Pay attention to their work on the worksheets, particularly how they are writing plural nouns.
Review and closing(5 minutes)
Have students popcorn share irregular plural nouns.