Lesson plan

More Than One

Let’s get reading and writing! In this lesson, students learn to form and recognize regular plural nouns. But the fun doesn’t stop there. Students will work with counting collections to write sentences about the objects they count.
Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Plural Nouns pre-lesson.
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Need extra help for EL students? Try the All About Plural Nouns pre-lesson.

Children practice reading and writing about more than one object in this grammar lesson all about plural nouns. Geared toward kindergarten and first grade learners, this lesson plan is a great way to review the definition of “nouns” and help young learners understand the difference between singular and plural nouns. Children will practice counting various objects, writing out both the number and corresponding plural noun, and then reading aloud what they wrote, touching each word as they read.

Students will be able to recognize and form regular plural nouns.

The adjustment to the whole group lesson is a modification to differentiate for children who are English learners.
EL adjustments
(5 minutes)
  • Show students one pencil. Ask them what it is.
  • Write “pencil” on the board.
  • Now show students two pencils. Ask them what they are.
  • Write “pencils” on the board.
  • Ask students what the difference between the two words are. Point out that one has an “s” and the other doesn’t. The “s” tells that there is more than one pencil.
(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that “pencil” is a noun. A noun is a person, place, or thing.
  • Explain that “pencils” is a plural noun. Plural nouns are more than one noun.
  • Give several more examples of regular plural nouns, writing them on the board as singular nouns. Then add an “s” to make them plural.
(5 minutes)
  • Show students the collections of objects you’ve gathered in paper bags.
  • Take a bag and tell students that you are going to count how many objects are inside the bag.
  • On an index card, write the number of objects and the corresponding plural noun (i.e. five cubes).
  • Hold up the index card and practice reading what you wrote by pointing to each word.
(20 minutes)
  • Divide students into groups of two. Give each pair counting collections and index cards. Have each partner work independently to count and write the contents of the group on index cards.
  • When the partners are finished counting, they should read the words they wrote aloud to each other, pointing to each word as they read.
  • When they are finished with the counting collections, students should complete the Read About Plurals worksheet.


  • Write number words on the board for students to use when writing about their counting collections.


  • Have students include descriptive words in the sentences they write.
(5 minutes)
  • Assess students’ understanding by noticing how they are forming plural nouns and how they are reading aloud to their partners.
(5 minutes)
  • Have students share their written responses to the counting collections out loud, comparing answers.

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