In this document, you will find a plural noun introduction sheet complete with eleven different rules plus four rigorous plural noun practice exercises and a plural noun assessment complete with answer keys for both. I designed this mini-grammar unit as a precursor to a mini-unit on possessives. Students find plural-possessive spellings difficult, I think, because they do not know the rules of noun plurals. In this mini-unit, students will learn the tricky plural form of compound nouns and the exceptions, such as—for PROPER nouns ending in -y preceded by a consonant, do not change the -y to -i and add –es, just add –s (two Marys—not two Mary’s). We also discover that nouns ending in –o preceded by a consonant form the plural sometimes by adding –s, sometimes by adding –es, and sometimes by adding –s or –es. The way to know for sure is to check the dictionary.
HINT: When I review the answers with students, I model and then encourage them to recite the rule before giving their answer. It really helps with the memorization of these rules.
***If you like this spelling mini-unit, look for similar grammar exercises on my TpT page.***
Carolann Reznick~Literacy Rigor
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