Lesson Planning of Identify and Differentiate Between Countable and Uncountable Nouns
Students` Learning Outcomes
- Identify and Differentiate Between Countable and Uncountable Nouns.
Information for Teachers
- The concept of countable and uncountable nouns can be difficult for young students to understand easily. Visual examples are useful in helping your students to understand the difference.
- While teaching the lesson, the teacher should also consult textbook at all steps where and when applicable.
- Definition of Countable nouns and Uncountable Nouns; as;
Material / Resources
Writing board, chalk / marker, duster, a leaf, two pebbles, some sand, a glass of water, a textbook
- Send some students outside the class to bring one leaf, two pebbles, some sand / mud and a glass of water.
- When they have brought all the things, put the things on the table.
- Ask the whole class: How many leaves are there on the table?
- After the students have given the answer, ask them about pebbles. Then ask about sand and water. Ask the students whether they can count sand and water in numbers. They will say [no].
- Tell them that there are some nouns that can be counted in numbers and there are some nouns that can`t be counted in numbers.
- Tell the students that nouns, which can be counted are called Countable Nouns and nouns which can`t be counted are called Uncountable Nouns.
- Draw five or six lines on the writing board to represent-countable items and a scribbled mass or cress -cross of lines to represent uncountable items.
- Start with the list of simple countable nouns that they know, as; apple, cup, rupee etc. and use the writing board to contrast this with uncountable nouns like tea, milk, etc.
- You can count the cups but can`t count the tea and milk in it.
Approach: student centered-peer work, maximum student participation
- On the writing board, make two columns. Write ‘countable nouns’ and ‘uncountable nouns’ on top of each column respectively.
- Divide the class into two teams. Both teams have to give ten countable and ten uncountable nouns from their household.
- Team A will give countable nouns and the team B will provide uncountable nouns. If any team gives a wrong noun the point will be given to the other team. The team which scores most points wins. The whole class claps for the winning team.
- (Children get excited in such competitions and they all about names at the same time, therefore this activity needs to be disciplined. Tell students that they have to raise their hands and you will choose the students.)
- Ask the students to take out their textbooks and note books.
- Divide all the students into pairs. Tell them to go to the specific page(textbook) that you have already selected for the activity. (You must have done this earlier. The text must have good examples of countable and uncountable nouns)
- Ask them to read the selected text carefully. Tell them to write, in their copies, all the uncountable nouns in the text.
- (Ask a hint, you can tell students the total number of uncountable nouns present in the text. Help students with reading where needed)
Conclusion / Sum up
- Go through countable and uncountable nouns with whole class. Ask students questions like, as; what is a countable noun?
- What are countable nouns?
- Can you give examples of some?
- Assess students throughout the class for this understanding of the concept. Assessment should also be done by checking the written work produced by students in the class and the work given as homework.
- After a week, arrange a quiz between two teams to assess how much students have retained and understood from the concept taught.
- Teacher is also required to involve the students in solving the problems given in the exercise at end of units / chapter.
- As a follow up, give students the same text and they have to write down all the countable nouns. Again, as a hint give them the total number of countable nouns present in the text. Give this as a home task.