Countable and Uncountable Nouns - Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

Countable or Uncountable 1

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This free countable and uncountable nouns game is useful for teaching students the difference between the two types of noun. In the activity, students also learn to associate quantifiers and question words with each type of noun. The students are split into pairs and given a set of countable and uncountable noun cards. The students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile on the table. Students then take it in turns to turn over a noun card and place it under a countable or uncountable noun heading. When the students have finished, the correct answers are elicited from the class. Pairs win one point for each correctly matched noun. Pairs then race to win an extra point by making a meaningful sentence or question with the noun using a question word or quantifier from the board. The first pair to do this wins an extra point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

The Shopping List

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Activity - Writing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 15 minutes

This useful worksheet activity helps to teach students how to differentiate countable nouns from uncountable nouns. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students then write a shopping list for a class party. They do this by sorting a list of countable and uncountable nouns into their two groups. When they have finished, the answers are checked with the class. As an extension, students add five more items to each list.
 

Countable or Uncountable 2

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This engaging activity can be used to teach students more advanced countable and uncountable nouns and which quantifiers and question words to use with each type of noun. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a set of countable and uncountable noun cards which they shuffle and place face down in a pile. Students take it in turns to turn over a noun card and place it under a countable or uncountable noun heading. When the students have finished, the correct category for each noun is elicited from the class. For each correctly matched noun, pairs win one point. Pairs then race to win an extra point by making a meaningful sentence or question with the noun using a question word or quantifier from the board. The first pair to do this wins an extra point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Make it count

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This game is great for teaching or reviewing countable and uncountable nouns and their use with quantifiers. Each group of three is given a set of countable and uncountable heading cards and a set of noun cards. Students take it in turns to turn over a noun card and place it under the countable or uncountable heading. Each time a student puts a noun under its correct heading, they win one point. When the students have correctly matched all the noun cards, each group is given a set of quantifier cards. The students place the quantifier cards face down in a pile. Students then take it in turns to turn over the top quantifier card from the pile and make a sentence with one of the nouns on the table. If a student manages to make a grammatically correct sentence with the quantifier and chosen noun, they keep the noun card and score a point. If not, play passes to the next student. This continues until there are no more noun cards left on the table. The student with the highest score from the two games wins.
 

Going Places

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Game - Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 40 minutes

In this entertaining countable and uncountable nouns activity, students play a game where they race to write lists of nouns for things they need in different situations. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the first card (a gym). Students brainstorm five countable and uncountable items they might need to take with them and write the nouns under the two headings on their card. The first pair of students to complete their card with five countable nouns and five uncountable nouns wins ten points. After a winning pair has given their answers, the other pairs of students score their cards. Pairs receive one point for every appropriate and correct answer. Then a new card is given out and the game starts again. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The pair with the highest score wins the game.
 

Abstract Nouns Board Game

ESL Uncountable Abstract Nouns Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

In this challenging uncountable nouns board game, students practice making sentences with abstract nouns. The students are divided into groups of three or four and each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on an uncountable abstract noun square, they try to make a meaningful sentence with the noun. For example, if a player lands on the word 'health', the player might say 'I want to improve my health by cycling to school every day'. If the other group members agree the sentence is grammatically correct and appropriate, the player stays on the square. If the player makes a grammar mistake or the sentence doesn't demonstrate the abstract idea, they must go back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game. As an alternative, when a player lands on an uncountable abstract noun square, they talk about the abstract idea for 30 seconds. If the player manages to do this successfully, they stay on the square. If not, they move back to their previous square.
 
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