Singular and Plural Nouns - Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

Make it plural

ESL Singular and Plural Nouns Game - Matching, Spelling, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this singular and plural nouns game, students make singular nouns plural and spell the plural forms. The students are divided into groups of three and each group is given a set of word cards and a set of picture cards. The students shuffle the two sets of cards separately and spread them out face down on the table in two sets. Players then take it in turns to turn over one card from each set. If a player turns over a singular noun (e.g. a match) and a corresponding plural picture, the player says the plural form of the noun in the picture and spells it, e.g. two matches, M-A-T-C-H-E-S. If the two cards match and the plural form and spelling are correct, the player keeps the cards and has another turn. If the two cards don't match, the player turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. If another student thinks that a player's cards don't match or the plural form or spelling is incorrect, they challenge the player. If indeed a mistake has been made, the player puts the cards back and the turn passes to the next student. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
 

Singular to Plural Crossword

ESL Singular and Plural Nouns Activity - Reading, Writing and Spelling - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun worksheet activity, students complete a crossword by changing singular nouns into plural nouns. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students read the singular noun for each clue and write the plural form of the noun in the crossword. The crossword contains plural nouns that end in -s, -es, -ies, -ves, irregular plural nouns and nouns that have the same singular and plural form. When the students have finished, the answers are checked together as a class by asking one student to read a clue and another student to write the plural form of the noun on the board. Students score one point for each correctly spelt plural noun. The student with the most points wins.
 

Singular to Plural Pelmanism Game

ESL Singular and Plural Nouns Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this engaging singular and plural nouns game, students match singular nouns with their correct plural endings and forms. The students are divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a set of cards, which they shuffle and spread out face down on the table. Students then take it in turns to turn over two cards. If a student turns over a singular noun and a matching plural ending or form, the student scores a point. The student can then score an extra point by making a sentence with the plural noun. The student then keeps the cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. Finally, the correct answers and pronunciation of the plural endings are reviewed with the class.
 

What do you see?

ESL Singular and Plural Nouns Board Game - Listening, Speaking and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here is a singular and plural noun board game to help students practice plural nouns and their spelling. The students are divided into groups of four or five. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters, and one student in each group is given a copy of the answer key. That student acts as referee and keeps score. The referee doesn't play the game. The other students place their counters on the 'start' square. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they say what they see in the picture by making a sentence using the plural form of the singular noun under the picture, e.g. 'I see two butterflies'. The student then spells the plural noun, e.g. B-U-T-T-E-R-F-L-I-E-S. The referee checks the student's spelling of the plural noun on the answer key, playing close attention to the underlined part of the answer. If the sentence and spelling are correct, the student scores two points. If not, the student doesn't score anything. The game ends when a student reaches the finish. The referee then adds up the scores and reveals the winner. Afterwards, the students can play again with a new student taking on the role of referee, giving the student who was the referee before a chance to play.
 

Singular vs. Plural Board Game

ESL Singular and Plural Nouns Game - Reading, Speaking and Spelling Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

Here is a singular and plural nouns game to help students practice or revise the two noun forms and their spelling. The students are divided into groups of four (Player 1, 2, 3 and 4) and each group is given a copy of the game board, a set of game cards and counters. The students shuffle the game cards and place them face down in a pile on the board. The game cards are numbered from 1 to 6 and are used instead of a dice. The cards also vary in difficulty, number 1 cards are quite easy and number 6 cards are fairly difficult. The students move forward in the game according to the number on the card by giving the plural form of the singular noun on the card and spelling it correctly. The game begins with player 2 picking up a card from the top of the pile and reading the singular noun on the card to Player 1. Player 1 then tries to give the plural form of the noun and spell it. If player 1 gives the correct plural form and spelling, the student moves the amount of squares indicated on the card. Player 2 then places the card at the bottom of the pile. If player 1 gives the wrong plural form or spells the plural noun incorrectly, the student stays on the same square. Player 3 then picks up a game card from the top of the pile for player 2 and so on. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.    
 
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