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Language and Communication Use common irregular plurals  This resource has been viewed by a moderator.

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Understand and use common irregular plurals

Early years skill:not specified
Early years typical range:not specified
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum skill:English Speaking
P-scales/Nat. Curriculum level:L1a
TAP skill:Language Expression
TAP level:TAP60
Section:Primary (5-11yrs) info; Secondary (11-16yrs) info

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Activity/strategy name and materials required How to do the activity Key principles for doing the activity and comments
Talk about it

None needed

1. Explain to the child that you are going to talk about plurals, explain this means more than one.

2. Suggest a few things that form regular plurals (e.g. cup/s, book/s, banana/s). Say the singular and ask the child to give the plural. Ask the child to explain what happens to the word when there is more than one (i.e., you add 's' onto the end).

3. Explain that now you are going to talk about words where something different happens when there is more than one.

4. Ask the child to tell you which word you would use when there is more than one child. Prompt the child to say "children".

See the table at the end of these sheets for a list of common irregular plurals and how they are formed.

It might be easier for the child to say the irregular plural word if you give them a sentence and ask them to put it in e.g. "what does your teacher say if she wants to talk to the class? She says 'alright, listen....'"

Sort the plural

Sheet with four columns entitled (you can draw it as you go along):

  • same
  • middle changes
  • end changes
  • something else happens

Pen/pencil

Pictures of:

  • a sheep
  • a foot
  • a tooth
  • a mouse
  • a deer
  • a person
  • a man
  • a woman
  • a child
  • a goose
  • a fish

(you can also use a louse and an ox if you want to)

See the table at the end of these sheets for a list of common irregular plurals and how they are formed.

Some possible sources of pictures are:

  • your own drawings
  • photos
  • clip art
  • Boardmaker (computer programme)
  • www.eslkidstuff.com (website, you have to subscribe to it)
Bingo

Pictures of:

  • a sheep
  • a foot
  • a tooth
  • a mouse
  • a deer
  • a person
  • a man
  • a woman
  • a child
  • a goose
  • a fish

Lotto board with pictures of:

  • some sheep
  • a pair of feet
  • some teeth
  • some mice
  • some deer
  • some people
  • some men
  • some women
  • some children
  • some geese
  • some fish

(you can also use lice and oxen if you want to)

See the table at the end of these sheets for a list of common irregular plurals and how they are formed.

Some possible sources of pictures are:

  • your own drawings
  • photos
  • clip art
  • Boardmaker (computer programme)
  • www.eslkidstuff.com (website, you have to subscribe to it)
Pairs

Pairs of pictures of:

  • a sheep
  • a foot
  • a tooth
  • a mouse
  • a deer
  • a person
  • a man
  • a woman
  • a child
  • a goose
  • a fish

(you can also use lice and oxen if you want to)

See the table at the end of these sheets for a list of common irregular plurals and how they are formed.

Some possible sources of pictures are:

  • your own drawings
  • photos
  • clip art
  • Boardmaker (computer programme)
  • www.eslkidstuff.com (website, you have to subscribe to it)

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