The Plurals Spelling Rule
The Plurals Spelling Rule
Check out the song! The Plurals Spelling Rule
Plurals Had a Little Lamb
(to the tune of “Mary Had a Little Lamb”)
1. If there is a vowel before the letters o or y,
Mary had a little lamb, little lamb, little lamb.
“Add an s onto the end and to most nouns,” said I.
Mary had a little lamb. Its fleece was white as snow.
2. If there is a consonant before the o or y,
And everywhere that Mary went, Mary went, Mary went.
“Add “e-s” onto the end, but change the y to i.”
Everywhere that Mary went the lamb was sure to go.
3. “Add “e-s” onto an x, to /ch/, /sh/, /s/, or z.
It followed her to school one day, school one day, school one day.
Also add onto an f, but change the f to v.”
It followed her to school one day, which was against the rules.
The author of this song, Mark Pennington, has written the assessment-based Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) Grades 4-8 programs to teach the Common Core Language Standards. Each full-year program provides 56 interactive grammar, usage, and mechanics and include sentence diagrams, error analysis, mentor texts, writing applications, and sentence dictation formative assessments with accompanying worksheets (L.1, 2). Plus, each grade-level program has weekly spelling pattern tests and accompanying spelling sort worksheets (L.2), 56 language application opener worksheets (L.3), and 56 vocabulary worksheets with multiple-meaning words, Greek and Latin word parts, figures of speech, word relationships with context clue practice, connotations, and four square academic language practice (L.4, 5, and 6). Comprehensive biweekly unit tests measure recognition, understanding, and application of all language components.
Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) also has the resources to meet the needs of diverse learners. Diagnostic grammar, usage, mechanics, and spelling assessments provide the data to enable teachers to individualize instruction with targeted worksheets. Each remedial worksheet (over 200 per program) includes independent practice and a brief formative assessment. Students CATCH Up on previous unmastered Standards while they KEEP UP with current grade-level Standards. Check out the YouTube introductory video of the Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) program.
The author also provides these curricular “slices” of the Grammar, Usage, Mechanics, Spelling, and Vocabulary (Teaching the Language Strand) “pie”: the five Common Core Vocabulary Toolkits Grades 4−8; the five Differentiated Spelling Instruction Grades 4−8 programs (digital formats only); and the non-grade-leveled Teaching Grammar and Mechanics with engaging grammar cartoons (available in print and digital formats).