In English, many singular nouns ending in <s>, <z>, <ch>, <j> or <x> takes an <-es> (/əz/) suffix (and syllable) in plural form. For example, we say two “buses”, “sneezes”, “beaches”, “bridges”, and “foxes”. These are irregular plurals because they deviate from standard practice of simply adding a -s to the end of a noun, as with many nouns in English that end with different consonants (e.g. “labs”, “legs”, “snails”, etc.).
Most young children learn the pattern naturally by around 3 years of age. However, many do not, including some children with language and other learning disorders, and people who are learning English as an additional language.
This pack is designed to give people lots of focused practice distinguishing singular and plural forms of nouns ending in <s>, <z>, <ch>, <j> or <x> by adding <-es> (/əz/) to the plural form.
To help promote transfer to everyday activities, we’ve included a short “eye spy” activity, which you can tailor to encourage more practice in plural nouns ending in <-es> (/əz/). Finally, the nouns are included on cards at the end of the pack, which you can laminate and/or cut up for sorting games.
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