Plurals are quite easy to understand. In English 1 is a singular and more than 1 is plural. To put it easy you add -s to the end of a singular form to create the plural. However, it is not always that easy, as there are several exceptions.
In this post I would like to present this simple grammar in a mind map, two mnemonics and two games.
I hope you will find this post useful.
Plurals – mind map
To remember the irregular plural here is a simple and short story to help.
Three men and women have six children. It is a lot of people.
Then the students should decide whether they need to add -es. -es is added if the singular ends with x, s, z or h (this rule is simplified. The singular must not end with -ath, but there are no words at elementary level with this ending.) To remember the letters here is a simple mnemonic:
haz six (do not worry if your students change it to haz sex. In fact, they will remember this much better).
Plurals – mind map
The first one is called reaction and you should type the singular form of the noun and then click on the frog as soon as it appears.
[showmyadsa] Plurals – Reaction
The second game is a quizz. Type the plurals and if you pass the test you will get a chance to play a car race. The aim of the game is to get to the end.Plurals – Car race
11 Comments on “Plurals for elementary students”
“-es is added if the singular ends with x, s, z or h (this rule is simplified. The singular must not end with -ath, but there are no words at elementary level with this ending.) ”
What about nouns ending in GH (laugh, cough, trough, bough, etc.)? All make a plural by adding “s”.
And nouns ending in z. As far as I know, the only one in very common use is “quiz” (plural quizzes).
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Excellent work for learning grammar
I will check it. I have tried to correct this .
Thank you for your comment. You are completely right. However, this mind map is really only for elementary students and I try to keep it as simple as possible. I hope that my students will master the basics and all the exceptions will be introduced and noticed later.
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Fantastic lesson and self study lesson.