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We are working on the skill of making nouns plural by adding s, es, and changing y to i before adddine es. my kids are not getting it. Any suggestions?


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One rule . . .
Old 10-28-2009, 06:14 AM
 
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. . . for deciding whether to add -s or change the y to i and add -es is:

look at the letter before the y; if it is vowel, just add -s. If the letter before the y is a consonant, change the y to i and add -es.

boy boys cry cries
toy toys try tries

This may not be what you are asking at all.
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Changing y to i, then s and es
Old 10-28-2009, 08:29 PM
 
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I also use the same rule as the previous writer. They learn so much faster if they have hands on. I use my pocket chart and cards. I write the base words on cards and put in the pocket chart. I has letter cards for the i, s, and es. I (or the students) put the letter card with i over the y covering it. Then we discuss whether it has a vowel and should have a s or es. I also make vowels red on the cards and the consonants black for learners that are visual. I also use this technique for "ied" words. Hope this helps.
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This helps my students.
Old 10-31-2009, 02:30 PM
 
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I tell them to remember to:
change the babies, not the boys
this helps them to remember that if it ends with a vowel and a y you don't change the y to i,
but if it ends with a consonant and a y you do.
Change the babies, not the boys!
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Old 11-01-2009, 06:55 AM
 
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To go along with changing singular nouns into plural nouns, I teach my students the following rule:
"Ch, sh, x, or s...you always add an -es" We do this as a chant lots and lots of times, so they can easily look at a word and decide what type of ending it needs.


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Ridiculous.
Old 11-01-2009, 08:33 AM
 
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I have to teach this rule in 1st grade!!!
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Old 11-03-2009, 07:01 AM
 
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In my classroom, I say that the "y" is either follows a "Very Strong Vowel" that can hold on to the "y" and we just add an "s" OR a "Coward Consonant" that lets go of the "y" and we add "ies" to the end. It isn't perfect, but it's catchy and I rarely have a problem after that.
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Change y to an i
Old 11-03-2009, 07:42 AM
 
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We do a chant throughout the whole year and it goes like this:

Change the y to an i and add the suffix

Whenever we are working with words that follow this skill we repeat this over and over again! I hope it helps!
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Sing a song
Old 11-04-2009, 08:54 PM
 
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To the tune of Mary had a Little Lamb
Whenever we come to a word that ends in y and needs to be changed to ies to make it plural we sing

Change the y to ies, ies, ies
Change y to ies to make it plural

the kids love it and remember it and I often catch them singing it when usung this skill
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