Identify and correctly use regular plurals (e.g., -s, -es, -ies) and irregular plurals (e.g., fly - flies, wife - wives)
Distinguish between singular nouns and plural nouns ending with –s, -es, ies. Form plural nouns by adding –s, -es-, ies. Write plural nouns in sentences and proofread for plural nouns. Distinguish between the singular and plural forms of irregular nouns. Form the plural of irregular nouns.
To understand singular nouns, have your child look around the room. Ask them to tell about things that they see where there is only one object. (Ex. television, couch, etc.) Explain that these nouns are singular because there is only one of each object. These nouns do not end with s, es, ies.
To understand plural nouns, have your child look around the room. Ask them to tell about things that they see where there is more than one of that object. (Ex. chairs, pictures, etc.) Explain that these nouns are plural because there is more than one of each object. These nouns end with s, es, ies.
To help your child remember how to change words that end in “y” to its plural form, have them memorize a rhyme. “Change the y to i and add es.” (Ex. fry – fries)
To make words plural that end in f or fe, remind your child of this rule. Remove f or fe and add ves. (Ex. leaf – leaves, knife – knives)
Just add s or es to most nouns to name more than one. Change the spelling of some nouns to name more than one. (Ex. child – children, woman – women) Have your child draw a picture of one child and label the illustration “child”. Next, have your child draw a picture of more than one child and label it “children”. Encourage your child to complete this same activity with the words man and woman.