Daily Language Investigations for English Language Arts
4.5 Noun Pluralization and Spelling: O-Endings
downloadable o-ending worksheet
1. Give the plural forms of these words.
Write a rule to describe the spelling pattern. “When the word ends in __, then you ___.
2. Now consider these words and give their plural forms.
Write a rule to describe the spelling pattern of these words.
There are some exceptions to the patterns you found above. Some words have two correct plural spellings, such as zeros, zeroes; avocados, avocadoes, though one is more common. Which looks better to you? Abbreviated words add only -s: kilos, photos. What are the unabbreviated forms of these words? And the plurals of o-ending words borrowed from Italian are spelled with just -s in the plural: pianos, concertos, solos, altos, sopranos.
© Deidre Carlson 2014.
key words: spelling, nouns, suffixes, morphology
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.2f Use spelling patterns and generalizations (e.g., word families, position-based spellings, syllable patterns, ending rules, meaningful word parts) in writing words.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.2d Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.
CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.5.2e Spell grade-appropriate words correctly, consulting references as needed.