Plural Noun Lesson Plan

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What is the correct way to change a singular noun to plural form? This lesson plan explains this fully through a text lesson that highlights key rules and an activity that challenges understanding.


1.5 to 2 hours

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • change a singular noun to plural form
  • list key rules regarding plural nouns

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.


  • Paper copies of the text lesson Plural Noun Rules for English
  • Highlighters
  • A worksheet created using the quiz from the associated text lesson
  • A list of 100 singular nouns


Write the following words on the board for the class: girl, train, leaf, cuff, knockoff, kiss, brush, church, box, radio, igloo, potato, and hero. Instruct the class to make each of these nouns plural on their own papers.

When all students have finished changing the nouns listed on the board to plural nouns, pass out the paper copies of the text lesson. Tell the class to take turns reading aloud from the introduction, 'Understanding Plurals,' and 'Forming Plurals' sections of the text lesson. Ask students to talk about how well they did with changing the nouns on the board to plural nouns.

Tell the class to go back into the 'Forming Plurals' section of the text lesson, and highlight key rules about plurals. Then write the following nouns on the board: passerby and brother-in-law. Ask:

  • How would you make these nouns plural?

Ask the class to read aloud from the 'Compound Nouns' section of the text lesson, highlighting important facts along the way. Review the rules for making compound nouns plural before continuing.

Write the following words on the board: supply, beauty, day, and valley. Ask:

  • How can we make these words plural?

Ask the class to take turns reading aloud from the rest of the text lesson, highlighting important rules as they go. Ask students the following questions:

  • What stands out about foreign plural forms?
  • What is the plural form of your last name?

Pass out the worksheet and have students work together to complete it. Review the questions and answers from the worksheet with students before continuing.

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