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What is the Y Rule?

When a word ends in a ‘ y ’ like in the word pony, and you want to make the word plural – you will change the y to an i and add es. This is called the Y Rule.

 

Family = families

Baby = babies

Hobby = hobbies

Party = parties

The Y Rule Video

Here is the Y Rule in action. Watch our favorite teacher, Miss Renee demonstrate how to teach it:

Materials Needed

1 Whiteboard or a piece of paper

Popsicle/Craft Sticks

And that is it!

How to Begin

First, write “ies” on the popsicle sticks. Feel free to have your students decorate or color them for more fun!

Next, write the root word (or words) on the whiteboard that the students will be practicing. Here are some root words you can use to get started:

bunny

candy

army

body

family

spy

baby

fly

city

puppy

lady

enemy

party

country

army

supply

bully

community

discovery

hobby

How to Play

You will have your student first read the root word provided by you on the whiteboard or piece of paper. Then you will have your student take the popsicle stick and place it over the -y to create a plural of the word.

This activity will work really well 1:1 or in small groups in a classroom literacy center by having students partner up with each other and take turns.

More Options

You can also write the words with the plural -ies added and ask the student to write the words without the plural. For example:

Families – family

Ponies – pony

Stories – story

Parties – party

 

I Have a Resource For You:

Thank you so much for reading my post today. You might also enjoy reading my previous posts:

My Fun Silent -E Rule Trick That Sticks!

My Favorite Multisyllabic Word Activities

 

Please don’t leave without checking out the PRIDE Reading Program. The PRIDE Reading Program is an Orton-Gillingham curriculum that is used by teachers, tutors, and homeschooling parents worldwide with great success.

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Karina Richland, M.A., is the author of the PRIDE Reading Program, a multisensory Orton-Gillingham reading, writing and comprehension curriculum that is available worldwide for parents, tutors, teachers and homeschoolers of struggling readers. Karina has an extensive background in working with students of all ages and various learning modalities. She has spent many years researching learning differences and differentiated teaching practices. You can reach her by email at info@pridereadingprogram.com or visit the website at www.pridereadingprogram.com
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