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Write the letters A through Z on flashcards, and put them in one pile. In a second pile, place flashcards with the words “person,” “place,” “thing,” or “idea” on them. Play a version of “Around the World” by instructing two students to stand up, reading them a letter from one pile and a type of noun from the other pile, and seeing which student can think of the right type of noun that begins with the appropriate letter first. The student who gets the answer correct first advances to the next student’s desk, and the other student sits down. You can use this noun game to see whether students are struggling with the concept of the three types of nouns.
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The Longest List
Have students break into groups, and have them make a four-column chart with the titles “Person,” “Place,” “Thing,” or “Idea.” Tell them that they will have twenty seconds to fill out each column with as many nouns as they can think of. This fast-paced noun activity should take less than two minutes. Encourage students to share their lists with the class, and reward the longest fully-correct list with a small prize or a bit of congratulatory praise.
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Guess the Sport
For this noun game, have students pick a sport that they enjoy. Then have them write a list of nouns that relate to the sport. (For example, for basketball, they might choose “court,” “basket,” “backboard,” and “rim.”) Have them stand up and read their lists aloud, and encourage the rest of the class to guess which sport the list describes.
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Why Are Nouns Important?
These noun activities and noun games can help you explain why nouns are so important in writing. Have students write short summaries of their favorite books, movies, or TV shows. Then have them cross out all of the nouns in the story, and write the story over leaving out all of the nouns. Have them share the products of this experiment with the class. Note how confusing the summaries sound, and discuss with students how the experiment can help them understand the importance of nouns.
Read on for other noun lesson plans.
Four Grammar Activities for Nouns
This series will include several parts of speech activities and games for each of the following parts of speech: nouns, verbs, pronouns, adjectives, and adverbs. Use these activities to inject some fun into your everyday grammar lessons!