Words students might illustrate and display include:
man/men, woman/women, person/people, child/children, mouse/mice, elf/elves, knife/knives, calf/calves, loaf/loaves, shelf/shelves, wolf/wolves, foot/feet, goose/geese, tooth/teeth, cactus/cacti, deer/deer, fish/fish, sheep/sheep, half/halves, leaf/leaves, scarf/scarves, thief/thieves, wife/wives
Repeat this activity with regular plurals to practice adding –s and –es.
Practice contractions using the Word Twirl! Student illustrations might also reflect things that can and can’t be done, should and shouldn’t happen, are and aren’t true, etc.
Adapt this activity to create a word game show. Organize children in groups of three. One child writes and illustrates a singular noun (ex. story). Child 2 writes and illustrates the correct plural of the word (ex. stories). Child 3 writes and illustrates an incorrect plural form of the word (ex. storys). Children present their three words to another team or to the whole class to determine the correct plural form.
Share the book Feet and Puppies, Thieves and Guppies by Brian P. Cleary as a read aloud or partner reading experience. Invite children to create their own rhyming verses about irregular plurals. Write and illustrate verses on drawing paper to compile into your own class book.