Pack Rat Survey: Activity for Quantifiers

Level: Intermediate

Objective: To use appropriate quantifiers with count and non-count nouns as one describes the items s/he owns

STEP 1 – Define pack rat. Explain that the following activity will reveal who in the class is a pack rat. Begin by asking students to write in their notebooks, titling a new page MY STUFF. Have them divide that page into two columns, labeling one side COUNT NOUNS and the other NON-COUNT NOUNS. Let them take several minutes to think about what’s in their bedroom closets, bathroom cabinets, and/ or kitchen drawers. They should list the items in the appropriate columns. Model:

My Stuff

Count Nouns

Non-Count Nouns




bottle of aspirin



hair gel





STEP 2 – On the board, create a two-column chart for quantifiers. Have volunteers read off several items from their lists. As they do this, ask the class to suggest appropriate quantifiers depending on whether the items are countable. List suggested quantifiers on the chart. Students may need to move non-count nouns to the other column on their papers if they own several kinds of one product or more than one container of an item (e.g., several creams or two bottles of mouthwash):





a good many

a bottle of

a bar of

a pack of



a little

a great deal of



Leave the chart on the board for reference.


STEP 3 – Now handout or list survey questions on the board. Have students work in groups of 3 or 4 to complete the survey. One student can read the questions, but all students should answer, referring to the items on their charts. Encourage use of quantifiers.

  1. Do you have anything that’s more than 10 years old?

Example: “Yes, I have a pair of boots and a several books that are more than 10 years old. I also have a good many photos that are more than 10 years old.”

  1. Do you have anything that’s broken or damaged?
  2. Do you have anything that you haven’t used in the past year?
  3. Do you have more than one kind of item (for example, three blue t-shirts)? Do you use all of those items?
  4. Have you recently bought anything that you don’t really need?
  5. If you needed to throw away 3 things today, what would they be?

STEP 4 – Students can vote one member of their group to be the biggest pack rat. In a humorous election, allow the class to decide who can hold the title of the biggest pack rat of all.


3 Comments Add yours

  1. Thank you for sharing idea. This information is very interesting. 🙂

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