We’ve already talked about plurality before, and this lesson will be similar. Really, adding the -ies word ending is just a fancy way of adding -s and so our initial lesson on making words plural is simply getting deeper and more nuanced.
Remind your student, then, of what they already know, but this time using a word that ends in y.
If I have one penny, for example, there is no s on the end of the word, but if I have two or more, I say I have multiple pennies.
The –ies on these words not only has a sound that our students need to learn, it also has a meaning they need to understand.
I talk about this aloud, pointing to different words on the card as I talk about them with the child. So, for example, say to the child something like, “I have one bunny. If I have two of them, would I say that I have two bunny?” If the child is academically ready for this sort of topic, he will say, “No!” And then you can say, “Well, what would I say, then? I have two — what? What do I have two of?” And the child should reply with bunnies. (If he doesn’t know, it is okay to tell him, just know that this means he’s probably not ready for the idea.) So then have a similar conversation about penny, jelly, and fuzzy.
After the concept has been introduced like this, take out the binder card and go over the words to show the spelling.
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