May 12, 2012

Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs: Count x Non Count Nouns

This is a fantastic animated movie and its ecological message is subtle, but highly effective. It's also very funny.

A. Watch the movie segment TWICE and check the items that you can see OR that the characters say in the snippet. First, check that you understand all the words.

( ) EGGS
( ) TOAST
( ) ORANGE JUICE
( ) BACON
( ) CHEESEBURGERS
( ) CHICKEN
( ) WAFFLES
( ) FALAFELS
( ) JELLYBEANS
( ) AVOCADO
( ) PIZZA
( ) DOUGHNUTS
( ) BLT
( ) PIE
( ) FISH
( ) CRÈME BRULÉE
video


B. Now write down the food items under the correct column - COUNTABLE or NON-COUNTABLE.

ATTENTION:

Some nouns can be both countable or non-countable. Choose the column according to the information in the segment.



COUNTABLE X NON-COUNTABLE

EGGS                -          RANGE JUICE


C. Talk to a partner and say what you usually have for breakfast. Then say which foods in exercise A do you like and dislike.

WORKSHEET

MOVIE SEGMENT DOWNLOAD - CLOUDY WITH A CHANCE OF MEATBALLS


Answer Key:
Count:

EGGS, TOAST, CHEESEBURGERS, WAFFLES, FALAFELS, JELLYBEANS, DOUGHNUTS, BLT
Non-Count:
ORANGE JUICE, BACON, CHICKEN, AVOCADO, PIZZA, PIE, FISH, CRÈME BRULÉE

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Some of your non-count nouns are in fact countable. Pie, avocado, pizza, chicken... all countable. They can be pluralized when appropriate.

I love the idea, though!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Maybe you did not read the post until the end because you missed the following piece of information:

ATTENTION:

Some nouns can be both countable or non-countable. Choose the column according to the information in the segment.

Therefore, of course count / non-count nouns depend on the context and the movie segment provides the context for us. The input of the movie segment determines the answer.

Come back often. See you.

Anonymous said...

Hi Claudio. First and foremost I must say I love your work. You're doing an excellent job helping other teachers out!

Second of all, the video file seems to be corrupted, hence I cannot download it. Could you fix it, please? I think this would be an amazing activity for me to use in my English classes.

Claudio Azevedo said...

Thanks for your words. Try downloading the segment now. It is in a different format now. I hope it works.

Unknown said...

Thank you so much!!!

Anonymous said...

Loved the idea, gonna use it next class! Thanks!

Claudio Azevedo said...

Great, I hope it worked.