ESL Quantifiers Lesson Plan

Instructor: Suzanne Rose

Suzanne has taught all levels PK-graduate school and has a PhD in Instructional Systems Design. She currently teachers literacy courses to preservice and inservice teachers.

This lesson plan builds on English language learners' knowledge of countable and uncountable nouns. Through activities and discussion, ELLs will learn which quantifiers to use with which type of noun and will practice generating appropriate speech.

Learning Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify countable and uncountable nouns
  • identify quantifiers
  • match appropriate quantifiers to countable and uncountable nouns
  • use quantifiers correctly in speech


45-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

  • ELP 9-12.2

ELLS will participate in grade-appropriate oral and written exchanges of information, ideas, and analyses, responding to peer, audience, or reader comments and questions.

  • ELP 9-12.9

ELLs will create clear and coherent grade-appropriate speech and text.

  • ELP 9-12.10

ELLs will make accurate use of standard English to communicate in grade-appropriate speech and writing.


  • Dice (1 per group of 3 students)
  • Countable and uncountable nouns written on slips of paper (one noun per slip)
  • List of quantifiers on a chart
  • Handout of quantifier words (formatted so students can cut out the words for sorting)
  • Scissors
  • Whiteboard or blackboard


  • Countable noun
  • Uncountable noun
  • Quantifiers


  • Prior to this lesson, students should have completed a lesson about countable and uncountable nouns. This lesson plan is designed to build on that knowledge to help students use appropriate quantifiers with countable and uncountable nouns.
  • Review the terms 'countable noun' and 'uncountable noun' with the students.
  • For student practice identifying countable and uncountable nouns, prepare slips of paper that have one noun listed on each slip. Be sure to include both countable and uncountable nouns.
  • Tell the students that they will each be selecting a slip of paper. They will need to read the noun on the paper and then say whether it is countable or uncountable.
  • As each student selects a slip and gives an answer, the rest of the class should give thumbs up or thumbs down to indicate whether or not they agree with the response. If students don't agree, discuss that noun and decide what the correct answer should be.
  • When you are sure the students recall the difference between countable and uncountable nouns, move on to quantifiers. Show a chart with a list of quantifiers that can be used with countable nouns, uncountable nouns or with both uncountable and countable nouns.
  • Review each of the quantifiers by reading them aloud together. Turn the chart around so that it cannot be read by the students.

Group Exercise

  • Put the students in groups of 4.
  • Write 'Use with Countable Nouns,' 'Use with Uncountable Nouns' and 'Use with Both Countable and Uncountable Nouns' on the board as headings.
  • Give each student a handout that includes the common quantifiers that were on the chart, in random order.
  • Have the students cut out the quantifiers.
  • Tell the students they should work together in their groups to sort the quantifiers into one of the categories listed on the board.
  • They should discuss each quantifier and agree as a group where it should be placed.
  • Each student should sort his/her own words so that every member of the group has them all sorted by the end of the activity.
  • When all the groups are finished sorting, turn the chart around and have them check their work. Discuss any questions they have and make note of the quantifiers that they sorted incorrectly.
  • In the same groups of 4, have each student develop a sentence that uses the noun slip that the student selected for the previous part of the lesson and an appropriate quantifier from the ones they just sorted.
  • The other members of the group should listen and provide feedback about the correctness of the quantifier.

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