Objective: The objective of these worksheets is to teach students the rules for spelling irregular plural nouns.
The worksheets in this book help students learn the spelling of plural nouns that don’t follow the standard format of just adding an S. Some of the rules make sense as with words such as “wolves” where the pronunciation of the word tells the student that there is a change in the plural rule. However, what about words such as “tornadoes”? The reason for adding ES rather than just an S is not as obvious.
The students are presented at the beginning with a master sheet that shows all the plurals that have unique spellings. This page will come in handy while working on the worksheets, and it can also serve as a handy reference for other classroom activities.
The rest of the worksheets are divided into three sections. Students will focus on two rules at a time and take a quiz. At the end of the book, the students are presented with a quiz on all six rules.
To keep the rules fresh in the students' minds, teachers can add a rule each week to the students’ spelling list. For example, the students can be told that they need to study Rule #1 in addition to their regular spelling words. The teacher can even add two or three words from the list to the students’ pretest. When it comes time for the test at the end of the week, the teacher can choose any three words from the list to make sure the students remember the rule. The next week, the teacher can repeat the procedure with Rule 2.