Teaching Nouns

You will find plenty of opportunities for your students to explore nouns if you focus on the different types of nouns.

1. Start with common nouns (also called concrete nouns) – nouns that can be perceived by one of the five senses.

Ask your students to –
– Write down everything on and in your desk.
– Write down in 5 minutes everything you can see in the classroom.
– Work in groups of four to six and write down 100 things that can be seen in the classroom (use a large piece of pager and colored markers).
– Go outside and working in groups of four to six, write down 100 things that can be seen outside.
– Write down a noun that starts with each letter of the alphabet.

2. Explore the world of abstract nouns (things that cannot be perceived by the senses).

Ask your students to –

– Write down a list of 5 abstract nouns for each of the following categories: feeling (anger, joy, jealousy), quality (beauty, goodness, failure), state (freedom, luck, growth).

3. Explore the world of proper nouns.

Ask your students to –

– Write down a list of 10 or 20 proper nouns (things that have a unique identity).
– Write down 5 proper nouns for each of these categories: towns, friend’s names, famous people’s names, countries, songs, books, restaurants and brand names.
– Fill a page with 20 scattered common nouns (everyday items that can be perceived by the sense) and 20 scattered proper nouns. Give this to another student and ask them to circle all the proper nouns.