Animal World - Reading Activity, Countable and Uncountable nouns
Upper Secondary 4 level
To provide clarification and practice of countable and uncountable nouns in the context of animal world.
To provide gist and scan reading practice using a text about humpback whales.
Procedure (50-65 minutes)
Ss are made to face each other and stand. They are to exchange as much information as they can on the humpback whale with the person standing in front of them. Ss share any new information they received from their partners.
Task 1: Ss are given a passage on the humpback whale. They are instructed to read it quickly and choose the correct answers Ss check answers with each other and then answers are displayed on the IWB. Task 2: Ss are asked quickly skim the passage and mark 5 nouns, 5 verbs, 4 adjectives and 4 adverbs.
Ss check their answers in groups and the words are discussed during whole class feedback. If a word is marked incorrectly, tr. writes the word on the board and asks Ss to identify what part of speech the word belongs to and why.
Ss are given HOs with words and work individually. They are to classify words into nouns, verbs ,adverbs and adjectives. Once they have completed the task, they check their answers with their peers and answers are displayed on the board.
Ss are asked to name the different types of nouns. A few pictures of nouns are display on the IWB. Ss are questioned: Which of these can you count? Next, some more nouns are displayed on the board and Ss are asked to identify and group, countable and uncountable nouns. Then a few sentences are displayed on the board and Ss are asked to identify countable and uncountable nouns in each sentence. 1. There were a large number of elephants in the forest. 2. Elephants eat large amount of food everyday. 3. There's a big brown dog running around the neighbourhood. 4. There is some water in the pool. 5. Only a few whales are left. 6. Can I have a bottle of water? Tr. ask pupils to read the sentences again and questions pupils : What words are used to show countable nouns? What words are used to show uncountable nouns? Ans: few, number of, any are used for countable nouns. Some, amount, a lot of are used for uncountable nouns.
Tr gives each S a series of task - 4, 3, 2, 1. 4 fill in the gaps, 3 identify countable and uncountable nouns in the sentences, 2 ask questions using how many or how much, 1 make a sentence using uncountable nouns (clues are given). Ss get 4 minutes to finish all the tasks.
They check answers with other. During whole class feedback, a S is asked nominate another S to give answers. Incorrect answers are written on the board during delayed error correction. Ss are asked to correct them.
Ss are put in groups. They are given a few objects (animals, pictures). They are asked to weave an interesting story using the objects and countable and uncountable nouns. They are to present the story to the class. Tr. instructs Ss to note down 2 positive things about each group. She also instructs them to note down their mistakes.
Tr. asks Ss to say 2 positive things about other groups and correct errors made by them. Tr. monitors the speaking task and notes down errors. A few errors are corrected as she monitors them but errors that are made by most Ss are corrected during whole class feedback.