Singular or Plural Lesson Plan (adding ‘s’)


There are two singular or plural lesson plans below. One for use with an interactive whiteboard and the other for use with individual computers or iPads.

The lesson plan comes with printable resources to support or extend the lesson.

Interactive Whiteboard Lesson

Overview

The following points provide a quick overview of using this singular plural lesson plan with Lucy’s reading game.

  • Read the words at the bottom of the game
  • Click or touch and drag a singular word up to the singular side of one of the boxes
  • Click and drag its plural up to the plural side of the same box
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Choose, then drag a present for Lucy into the present box
  • Repeat for all words until game is complete

Context of Lesson

Reading words in their singular form and matching them with their correct plural

Resources Required

This singular plural lesson plan requires the following resources. Singular or plural reading game, interactive whiteboard, small individual whiteboards with pens or paper and pencils, small card showing the letter ‘s’, prepared sheet for homework

Learning Objectives

The lesson plan has the following objectives.

  • To gain an understanding of the terms ‘singular’ and ‘plural’
  • To investigate and learn spellings of words with ‘s’ for plurals
  • To read on sight high frequency and familiar words

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher starts lesson by explaining in simple terms the words ‘singular’ and ‘plural’.
  • Demonstrate meanings by using pupils, e.g. one boy, two boys, one girl, two girls. Can they hear the ‘s’ at the end of these words?
  • Ask if the pupils can generate some other words giving both forms, e.g. one cat, two cats.
  • Show the small card of letter ‘s’ and explain that we need to put this at the end of words to show more than one.
  • Teacher loads ‘Singular or Plural’ reading game on to the interactive whiteboard and explain that poor Lucy the elephant is very sad because she is stuck in the zoo! Tell pupils that we can help Lucy by sorting words into singular and plural and if we sort the words correctly we’ll be able to give Lucy some presents. This will make poor Lucy happier!
  • Ask the pupils if they can read the words at the bottom of the game. Which words are singular? Which words are plural?
  • Teacher to model clicking and dragging a singular word into the left-hand side of one of the boxes. Select a pupil to drag its plural up to the right-hand side of the same box.
  • Continue with the game, selecting pupils to come to the interactive whiteboard to click, drag and drop words. Choose different pupils for dragging the presents into the present box.
  • Teaching assistant could work with less able, helping them to find the plural of each word by looking for the ‘s’ at the end.

PLENARY

This singular plural lesson plan recommends a plenary session at the end of the lesson to support consolidation of learning. Teacher to call out simple words and ask pupils if they can write the plural of that word on their individual whiteboards (or use paper and pencils). Teacher to ensure words called out are within the capability of the majority of the class. Teaching assistant could scribe words for the less able.

Literacy Homework

The lesson can be further extended or homework given using the following task. Ask pupils to add the plural for each word on the prepared sheet.


Individual Computer or iPad / Computer Suite Lesson

Overview

  • Read the words at the bottom of the game
  • Click and drag a singular word up to the singular side of one of the boxes
  • Click and drag its plural up to the plural side of the same box
  • Answers are automatically marked
  • Choose, then drag a present for Lucy into the present box
  • Repeat for all words until reading game is complete

Context of Lesson

Reading words in their singular form and matching them with their correct plural

Resources Required

Our singular plural lesson plan requires the following resources. Singular or plural reading game, interactive whiteboard, individual computers or iPads, pictures of objects, prepared sheet for homework, word processing programme, extra pictures of objects

Learning Objectives

The lesson plan has the following objectives.

  • To gain an understanding of the terms ‘singular’ and ‘plural’
  • To investigate and learn spellings of words with ‘s’ for plurals
  • To read on sight high frequency and familiar words

Using the Reading Game

  • Teacher begins the lesson by holding up pictures of a selection of objects from the game, e.g. one elephant, two elephants, one ball, a few balls and explain simply the terms singular and plural. Can they hear the ‘s’ at the end of these words?
  • Can the pupils generate some other words giving both forms, e.g. one cat, two cats.
  • Teacher loads the ‘Singular or Plural’ reading game on to the interactive whiteboard and explains that poor Lucy the elephant is very sad because she is stuck in the zoo! Tell pupils that we can help Lucy by sorting words into singular and plural and if we sort the words correctly we’ll be able to give Lucy some presents. This will make poor Lucy happier!
  • Ask the pupils if they can read the words at the bottom of the game. Which words are singular? Which words are plural?
  • Teacher to model clicking and dragging a singular word into the left-hand side of one of the boxes. Select a pupil to touch and drag its plural up to right-hand side of the box.
  • Explain to pupils that they will now play the game on their computers or iPads working with a partner. Pupils to take turns in using the mouse and reading the words.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to ensure that the ‘Singular or Plural’ game is ready to play on pupils’ computers or iPads.
  • Teacher and teaching assistant to move around computers giving support where necessary, encouraging turn taking and correct reading and sorting of words.
  • Teacher to explain that pupils who have finished the game can come and collect extra pictures of objects (singular only) and using a word processing programme to type the singular word and for their partner to type its plural. Teacher and teaching assistant to assist with loading the word processor programme.

PLENARY

This singular plural lesson plan recommends a plenary session. Teacher to repeat opening activity, but this time in reverse, i.e. showing a picture of more than one object and asking pupils to call out the singular word.

Literacy Homework

On prepared sheet, ask pupils to draw a picture of a singular object and then to draw its plural.