Plural of Irregular Nouns

  Students’ Learning Outcomes

                      Change the number of irregular nouns

                      Information for Teacher

Irregular Nouns that don’t follow the rules.
Most nouns can be made plural by adding ‘an’ or’en’
There are some nouns that form the plural differently, some nouns change their vowels in the middle of the singular form, when forming the plural.

Plural of Irregular Nouns

  Goose/geese,    foot/feet,    man/men, etc.

Several nouns form the plural by adding the letters –en  or –ren.Example:   ox/oxen,   child/children, etc.

Example:   ox/oxen,   child/children, etc.
·         There are a number of animals that have the same singular and plural form.
Example: deer/deer, sheep/sheep, fish/fish, etc.
Example:   ox/oxen,   child/children, etc.
·         A scavenger hunt is a game in which the organizer prepares a list of specific items. The participants of the game try to find all the items on the list. The team or individual who completes the list first, wins

        Material / Resources

       Papers with items listed for the scavenger hunt, colored paper stars work sheet, chalks/markers, board, textbook, (if photocopy facility is not available, write the sentences on the board).


Worm Up Activity

·         Begin the lesson by announcing that the whole class is going on a scavenger hunt. Explain to the students;          What a scavenger hunt is?
·         Divide the class into small groups Give each group the paper with things to be found such as books, pens, pencils, erasers, scales, shoes, etc.
·         Prepare this list before starting the lesson.
·         Tell the groups that they also have to write, on the given paper, the singular or plural of those things. Give the groups 5 minutes for the hunt.
·         The group which gathers all the things and writes the singular or plurals first, wins.
·         After the game finishes, tell the students that there are some nouns which make plural differently from all the nouns learnt so far. Tell the class that they will learn those nouns today.



 Tell the students about the nouns that change the middle vowels when pluralized ( see the rule in information for teachers above).

·         Write the examples on the board. Underline the middle vowels that change it into a plural form.
·         Similarly tell the class (with example) about the nouns that take –en in plural forms and the nouns that remain same in both singular and plural forms.
·         Ask the students to match column A with B.
  Column (A) Singular
   Column (B) Plural

              Activity 2

·         Make pairs of students or divide them into groups.
·         Distribute worksheets among them.  (The worksheet is provided at the end of the lesson plan.)
·         Ask them to follow the instruction given in the worksheet to do the activity.

                                         Sum Up/ Conclusion

·         Conclude the lesson by repeating how some nouns form irregular plurals.
Example:   ox/oxen,   child/children, etc.


·         Give the following jumbled up words to the students and tell them to write their plural after rearranging them.

                                            Jumbled words


             Singular Words                                                         Plural words

                         Toof                                                          ______________________
                         Osoge                                                       ______________________
                         Nam                                                          _________________________
                         Onwma                                                     __________________________
                         Lichd                                                          _________________________
                         Xo                                                               ____________________________
                          Urift                                                           ______________________
                         Otoh                                                           ________________________
                          Isfh                                                             ___________________________

                                                        Follow Up

·         Ask the students to cut out five pictures from old magazines or newspapers and paste them in their notebooks 9 continued activity from the previous lesson)
·         Ask them to label them with the singular and plural forms. Tell students to paste pictures of the nouns they just learnt in the lesson. You can name this activity as plural Book.
                                        Worksheet: irregular Plural  Nouns 
(                       ( Activity 2)
                      Name:_______________________   Date:_____________________
                            Read each sentence. Write the plural of the word given in brackets.
1. There are four (man) at the bus stop.


Add caption2. I brush my (tooth) everyday.


3.Two (mouse) are eating cheese.


4. Mr Ali has two (child)


5. The farmer has five (sheep).


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