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Spelling Rules for Making Words Plural

When making words plural, why do you add S to some words but ES to others? And when a word ends with Y, how do you know whether to change the Y to I before adding the plural suffix? And why on earth does the word knife become knives?

You can unravel these mysteries with six scoops of ice cream. Just click the play button below for a yummy treat, and then read on for free printable spelling rule posters and sample lessons!

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Whether you prefer your ice cream in dishes or in cones or with one cherry or two cherries, these tasty guidelines will help you spell plurals correctly every time.

Spelling Rule for Making Words Plural poster

Tips and tricks like these are taught throughout the All About Spelling program. Want to see more? Download these free resources to see just how easy teaching spelling rules can be.

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Download All About Spelling Level 1, Step 23.

This lesson from All About Spelling Level 1 shows how we teach kids to make words plural by adding either S or ES.

download graphic for AAS Level 1 Lesson 16

Download All About Spelling Level 5, Step 17.

In this lesson from All About Spelling Level 5, you can see how we teach kids to pluralize words that end in F and FE.

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Download our free Spelling Rules Posters.

This handy resource will help make learning three important spelling rules fun and easy to remember for your children.

Do you think these guidelines for making words plural will improve your child’s spelling? Let me know in the comments below! And check out our other spelling rules, too!

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Robert

says:

I would like to know when spelling bible whether it is le or el?

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Robert,
There is no rule for using LE or EL to spell the /ul/ syllable at the end of the word. The make matters worse, the /ul syllable can also be spelled IL or AL as well.

I can tell you that the IL spelling (as in pencil, stencil, basil) is the least common spelling. EL (as in cancel, travel, cruel) is the next in commonness, then AL (focal, local, traditional), and LE is the most common (Bible, pickle, article). One other tip is that most of the time AL is used when the word is an adjective.

So, with that in mind, it is best for students to become very familiar with IL words and EL words, as they have to be learned visually. Students need to know which just looks correct. Otherwise, ask themselves if the word is an adjective or has a base word as AL is a suffix added to words to make them adjectives. Otherwise, students need to know that LE is the most common spelling of this syllable and use it most often.

We recommend when teaching these to spend a lot of time with each one before introducing the next one, including reading a lot of words in addition to spelling them to build up visual memory for how they look.

I hope this helps some.

Ronald Dahl

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Can you get this in a book form
If so what is the name of it I think it helped me out too

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Yes, Ronald. It is All About Spelling and it can be purchased through our website, All About Learning Press.

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Cheree

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This is awesome info and I found it just in time! I am starting to work thru rules and guidelines of spelling plurals with my daughter ?

Robin E.

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I’m glad this was just in time to be helpful for you, Cheree! ?

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I absolutely love this bright Ana’s beautiful posters- they are so crispy and clear my kiddos love them, and like that they are not “too busy’). ELizabeth

Robin E.

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Thank you, Elizabeth! I’m glad you like the posters.

shehzad Royyy

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Great work.
I have learned a lot from above mentioned rules.

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

Thank you, Shehzad.

Jacqueline

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These lessons have taken out all guessing for my kids learning how to spell plural words! We are so thankful for AAS!

Robin E.

says: Customer Service

This is great to hear, Jacqueline! I’m very pleased to know that this was helpful for your kids.

Stephanie

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Thank you. These will come in handy.

Robin E.

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You’re welcome, Stephanie!

Melissa Remmert

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Love the resources! Also love the whole program! It’s really helping my daughter spell a lot better! Thank you!

Robin E.

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Great to hear, Melissa! It’s exciting to hear that All About Spelling is helping your daughter to have success with spelling!

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These are great engaging resources for teaching important spelling rules to my young kids!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Zorah!

Katie

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It would have been wonderful to learn these rules thirty years ago in public school. Thank you for making many of your resources free to access.

Robin E.

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I know what you mean, Katie. But I’m glad this is available in time to help today’s students.

Meg

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This was really helpful!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Meg!

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I love how engaging your materials are.

Robin E.

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Awww, thank you, Erin!

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Glad you like the look of it, Laurie!

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Love this poster.

Robin E.

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Thank you, Jessica!

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Love it!!!

Andrea

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This is such a great way to learn how to spell plurals. We love All About Spelling and All About Reading!!

Robin E.

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Thank you, Andrea!

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