Singular and Plural Nouns


The lesson shows students how to change singular nouns to plural nouns.  Most students understand when to add an s to make a singular noun plural.  However, students sometimes struggle when they must spell the word correctly, add an es, or change the singular to an irregular plural noun.  Rule exceptions are also discussed in the lesson.  The lesson briefly summarizes the use of the correct verb when a subject of a sentence is plural.  It is recommended students be given sufficient opportunities to practice changing singular nouns to plural nouns using the additional resources.

Singular and Plural Nouns Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Singular and Plural Nouns
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on Singular and Plural Nouns
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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The lesson helps students understand how to change nouns from singular to plural, including nouns that have spelling changes.  The nouns that require an “es” or a complete spelling change to become plural are challenging for students, so the lesson provides plenty of opportunity for students to practice with these nouns.  Rule exceptions are also discussed in the lesson.  The lesson briefly summarizes the use of the correct verb when a subject of a sentence is plural.  The lesson also includes several age-appropriate interactive websites students can use for additional practice.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display (or draw) pairs of images showing one item and more than one item. Use several examples.  Ask:  What is the difference between each pair of images?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Ask students what letter is used most often to show “more than one”.
  3. Allow for responses (letter -s). Ask students: Can “more than one” be described without using the letter s?
  4. Allow for responses and discussion. Introduce singular and plural nouns.
  5. Distribute Singular and Plural Nouns content pages. Read and review the information with the students.  Stress the exceptions to some of the rules.  Encourage students to use a dictionary if they are not sure about a word.  Use the additional resources to enhance understanding.
  6. Distribute Activity page. Read and review the instructions.  Distribute colored pencils.  Give students sufficient time to complete the pictures.
  7. When completed, allow students to share one or more of their drawings and to spell aloud the singular and plural noun.
  8. Distribute Practice page. Check and review the students’ responses.
  9. Distribute the Homework page. The next day, check and review’ allow students to share one or more their sentences.
  10. In closing, ask: What one person or thing in your life would you like to have changed to plural?

Common Core State Standards: 


Class Sessions (45 minutes): At least 2 class sessions

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Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts

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