Singular and Plural Regular Nouns – Free ESL Lesson Plan

Our new ESL Lesson Plan helps your students understand how to add -s, -es, -ies and -ves to transform singular nouns into plural nouns. This is a robust introductory lesson plan with clear descriptions, examples and practice opportunities.

When should you teach the Singular and Plural Regular Nouns lesson?

Is your student referring to one object, person or thing, or multiple objects, people or things? This lesson on singular and plural regular nouns helps identify quantity — whether someone is referring to one or many.

The lesson suits beginner-level students and can be taught to children, teenagers and adults.

How to teach this lesson about Singular and Plural Regular Nouns

To help students understand this concept, this lesson spends a substantial portion of the slides walking through various examples of singular and plural regular nouns. Students will have plenty of opportunities to practice adding -s, -es, -ies and -ves.

  • For most nouns in English, we add -s to the singular noun to make the plural form.
  • If a noun ends in -s, -sh, -ch or -x, we add -es.
  • Most nouns ending in -o come from other languages — we add -es for the plural form.
  • For nouns ending in -ay, -oy and -ey, we add -s to make the plural.
  • For other nouns ending in –y, we delete –y and add –ies.
  • For nouns ending in -f and -fe, we delete -f / -fe and add –ves.

The slides are playful and illustrated with many pictures and fun examples to keep your student engaged and motivated.

The teacher notes offer additional questions and prompts to encourage the student to speak even more. You can access the teacher notes for free by signing up for a free Off2Class account.

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