3 Cats

Students practice (or are introduced to) plural nouns by finding easy words in a word search, then reporting how many of each word they have found.

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Originally submitted by Norm Cook on Oct 26, 2011.


  • Distribute the word search worksheet and explain that 5 minutes (or any set time period) will be given for students to find as many of each word as possible.
  • When those 5 minutes have elapsed, students should be instructed to tally how many of each word they were able to find in the tally box on the right side of the sheet.
  • Instruct the students how to construct the sentence: "I have 3 cats." Examples are listed immediately below the word search on the sheet.
  • Students write 7 sentences, reporting how many of each word they found. The sentence format and space is provided at the bottom of the worksheet.
  • Have students demonstrate part of their work by asking students individually, "How many dogs/cats/etc do you have?" To which the student will respond with the sentence they constructed.


  • Give the students more speaking practice by having them pair up and read all 7 sentences to their partners.
  • The same sheet and activity can be used to practice "How many?" by adding an interview portion at the end, wherein students ask their partner, "How many...do you have?" for each of the 7 sentences.


  • Most students have experience with word searches, but it's still a good idea to show on the board how you can circle words horizontally, vertically, or diagonally. You may or may not want to let your students know that in this particular puzzle there are no backwards or bottom-up words.
  • Most classes in my experience had no problem understanding, however you may want to explain that it is virtually impossible to find all 35 words in less than 20 minutes, so they aren't meant to find everything.
  • You may or may not want to remove "puffer" from the list of words. Puffers are a running theme in my classes, which is why it's included in this activity. If you need translating, puffer = fugu in Japanese, but the little picture on the worksheet should suffice.



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Estimated time: 15-30 min

Submitted by: Englipedia Archive

December 19, 2019


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