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Any good ideas for teaching how to write possessive nouns, singular and plural?
by mem82
September 12, 2013 at 11:01 AM

My son is having trouble with his ( 's) and his (s'). Any ideas besides just doing worksheet after worksheet or whiteboard after whiteboard?

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  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    September 12, 2013 at 11:28 AM

    Have you checked pinterest?  It looks like they have a bunch of games and such.  Are you saying he's having a hard time with his plurals and making those possessive?  Because the apostrophe after the s and no following s is just as correct as a second s following the apostrophe:

    Summers' Crazy Land
    Summers's Crazy Land

    It's a matter of preference. 

  • KrissyKC
    September 12, 2013 at 11:47 AM
    Have him create a chart. Every day add two or three new words to the appropriate column and discuss briefly examples of when to use each in a sentence. After a few weeks he should be doing it like a breeze and u can stop. Make it on dry erase.... my kids will learn anything on dry erase.
  • mem82
    by mem82
    September 12, 2013 at 12:09 PM

    He's having trouble with this:

    single: A boy's dog ran to the fence.

    plural: The boys' dog ran to their dad's car.

    I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to things like this. I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma and such. LOL

    Quoting hwblyf:

    Have you checked pinterest?  It looks like they have a bunch of games and such.  Are you saying he's having a hard time with his plurals and making those possessive?  Because the apostrophe after the s and no following s is just as correct as a second s following the apostrophe:

    Summers' Crazy Land
    Summers's Crazy Land

    It's a matter of preference. 


  • mem82
    by mem82
    September 12, 2013 at 12:14 PM

    Great idea! Thanks!

    Quoting KrissyKC:

    Have him create a chart. Every day add two or three new words to the appropriate column and discuss briefly examples of when to use each in a sentence. After a few weeks he should be doing it like a breeze and u can stop. Make it on dry erase.... my kids will learn anything on dry erase.


  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    September 12, 2013 at 12:22 PM


    My husband is ready to drop any friends who don't use the Oxford comma.  Tragically, my dad things they're a complete waste of a comma.  :(

    Personally, I'd worry more about it's and its.  I still hate that its is possessive, just like Stephanie's, but doesn't get the apostrophe.

    Quoting mem82:

    He's having trouble with this:

    single: A boy's dog ran to the fence.

    plural: The boys' dog ran to their dad's car.

    I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to things like this. I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma and such. LOL

    Quoting hwblyf:

    Have you checked pinterest?  It looks like they have a bunch of games and such.  Are you saying he's having a hard time with his plurals and making those possessive?  Because the apostrophe after the s and no following s is just as correct as a second s following the apostrophe:

    Summers' Crazy Land
    Summers's Crazy Land

    It's a matter of preference. 




  • mem82
    by mem82
    September 12, 2013 at 12:26 PM

    LOL

    My own personal thing is your and you're. Everyone, including myself, switches them sometimes, but it is a slippery slope. lol

    Quoting hwblyf:


    My husband is ready to drop any friends who don't use the Oxford comma.  Tragically, my dad things they're a complete waste of a comma.  :(

    Personally, I'd worry more about it's and its.  I still hate that its is possessive, just like Stephanie's, but doesn't get the apostrophe.

    Quoting mem82:

    He's having trouble with this:

    single: A boy's dog ran to the fence.

    plural: The boys' dog ran to their dad's car.

    I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to things like this. I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma and such. LOL

    Quoting hwblyf:

    Have you checked pinterest?  It looks like they have a bunch of games and such.  Are you saying he's having a hard time with his plurals and making those possessive?  Because the apostrophe after the s and no following s is just as correct as a second s following the apostrophe:

    Summers' Crazy Land
    Summers's Crazy Land

    It's a matter of preference. 





  • hwblyf
    by hwblyf
    September 12, 2013 at 12:51 PM


    I'm a wee bit of a grammar/spelling police.  And oh, when I make mistakes, I'm soooooo embarrassed!

    Quoting mem82:

    LOL

    My own personal thing is your and you're. Everyone, including myself, switches them sometimes, but it is a slippery slope. lol

    Quoting hwblyf:


    My husband is ready to drop any friends who don't use the Oxford comma.  Tragically, my dad things they're a complete waste of a comma.  :(

    Personally, I'd worry more about it's and its.  I still hate that its is possessive, just like Stephanie's, but doesn't get the apostrophe.

    Quoting mem82:

    He's having trouble with this:

    single: A boy's dog ran to the fence.

    plural: The boys' dog ran to their dad's car.

    I tend to be more of a traditionalist when it comes to things like this. I am a firm believer in the Oxford comma and such. LOL

    Quoting hwblyf:

    Have you checked pinterest?  It looks like they have a bunch of games and such.  Are you saying he's having a hard time with his plurals and making those possessive?  Because the apostrophe after the s and no following s is just as correct as a second s following the apostrophe:

    Summers' Crazy Land
    Summers's Crazy Land

    It's a matter of preference. 







  • KrissyKC
    September 12, 2013 at 1:03 PM
    When u make a chart leave a big spot to draw it. Like write the sentence you suggested above and write the words boy's dog and boys' dog and have him draw one boy with a dog under the appropriate word and more than one boys with a dog or dogs under THAT word. Have him underline the trouble word in each sentence that shows singular or plural possessive.
  • bluerooffarm
    September 12, 2013 at 1:45 PM

     How does he do with subject/verb agreement?  I would have my 9th graders do this:  Add the word Own or Owns in between the words.  Pretend the possessive is a contraction for A (boy owns) car needs brakes.  A boy's car needs brakes.  With a plural noun you would do this:  The (boys own) car goes fast.  The boys' car goes fast.  Since Own doesn't have an s at the end, the contraction doesn't work.

     

  • SusanTheWriter
    September 13, 2013 at 10:48 AM

    Try being "SusanTheWriter" and making a grammar mistake in a post. The pressure!

    Tell him this: every time he uses an apostrophe to pluralize, a kitten dies.

    It sure changed how my kids used an apostrophe! *gg*

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