In this set of activities adaptable for grades K-3, parents and educators will find ideas for teaching about about plural nouns. These activities are designed to complement the BrainPOP Jr. Plural Nouns topic page, which includes a movie, quizzes, online games, printable activities, and more.
Classroom Activities for Teaching Plural Nouns
Have your students line up into two equal lines, each student across from another student. Then have one student name a noun out loud and write it on a piece of paper. Then have the opposite student say the plural form out loud and write it down. Have other students in line confirm his or her answer. Go down the line and then swap roles so that each student gets an opportunity to say a singular and plural noun.
Divide your class into partners and have them create a noun poem together. They should use both singular and plural forms of nouns in their poem. Encourage them to incorporate irregular nouns into their writing. You might want to model an example to use such as “I see one fox,/She sees two foxes,/I found one box,/She finds two boxes.” Partners can write their poems and decorate them, or act them out using props or pictures.
Thumbs Up, Thumbs Down
Write a singular noun on the board and then write its plural form incorrectly, such as sheep/sheeps. Ask your students if the form is correct by showing a thumbs up or a thumbs down. Try the activity using different words, occasionally throwing in common misspellings and irregular nouns. Then have student volunteers come up and write singular and plural words on the board to test the class.
Family and Homeschool Activities for Teaching Plural Nouns
Cut out pictures from old magazines or newspapers and have your child glue them into a notebook and label them with the singular and plural forms. For example, he or she might paste one picture of an apple and write the singular noun, and then paste several pictures of different apples and write the plural form. Make sure your child practices different spelling rules and uses a variety of words, both regular and irregular.
Plural Mad Lib
Create a “mad lib” by writing a story and creating blanks where there should be singular or plural nouns. You may want to take a short book and rewrite it without the nouns. Then have your child name or write singular or plural nouns to plug into the story. Read your “mad lib” together and share it with friends or family members.