Countable and Uncountable Nouns ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Countable and Uncountable Nouns

ESL Countable and Uncountable Nouns Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This countable and uncountable nouns worksheet helps students learn and practice singular and plural forms of countable and uncountable nouns. Students begin by categorizing nouns, according to whether they are countable or uncountable. Next, students complete plural countable nouns with vowels. Students then match the singular and plural forms of the countable nouns together. Students then move on to circle correct answers to complete sentences, containing singular and plural uncountable nouns. After that, students do an error correction exercise to practice the singular and plural forms of both countable and uncountable nouns. In the last exercise, students choose multiple-choice answers to complete a set of sentences.
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ESL Countable or Uncountable Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

This free countable or 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. Give each pair of students 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, elicit the correct answers from the class. Pairs score 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.
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The Shopping List

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

This countable or uncountable nouns worksheet helps to teach students how to differentiate countable nouns from uncountable nouns. Give each student 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, check the answers with the class. As an extension, students add five more items to each list.
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Interactive Version - This countable and uncountable nouns interactive worksheet helps students to understand the difference between countable and uncountable nouns.

 

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

This engaging countable and uncountable nouns 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. Give each pair of students 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, elicit the correct category for each noun from the class. For each correctly matched noun, pairs score 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 scores an extra point. The pair with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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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. Give each pair of students 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 scores 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, give out a new card and the game starts again. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The pair with the highest score wins the game.
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Make it Count

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

This countable and uncountable noun game is great for teaching or reviewing countable and uncountable nouns and their use with quantifiers. Give each group of three 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 score one point. When the students have correctly matched all the noun cards, give each group 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.
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Countable or Uncountable Guessing Game

ESL Countable or Uncountable Nouns Game - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a fun guessing game to help students practice using countable and uncountable food and drink nouns with quantifiers. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by categorizing which quantifiers can be used with countable nouns and which can be used with uncountable nouns. Next, students read ten food and drink statements. The students then write their answer (a countable or uncountable food or drink noun) for each statement in a random order in the answers box. When the students have finished, divide them into pairs and have them swap worksheets with their partner. The students then look at their partner's answers in the box and guess which one completes each statement. Students write their guesses in the second column. Afterwards, students ask questions to their partner to find out if their guesses are right or wrong, e.g. 'Do you think drinking some coco before bed helps you to fall asleep?' Students put a tick if their guess is right. If their guess is wrong, they put a cross and write the correct answer in the gap. The student with the most correct guesses in each pair wins.
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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. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. The players 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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