Modification of a Lesson Plan on Nouns Using Pictures
By using the picture as an example, teachers can create a wall board to do a pre-assessment of what students know about nouns and create additional lesson plans.
List the nouns describing the picture:
- garage door opener
- door knobs
A modification could include: List three nouns describing the picture above or list the three things you notice about the garage so that students can provide responses that can be restructured into a lesson outcome. For example, if a student wrote on the wall board- "It's empty," then the teacher could prompt and ask "What is the noun in your sentence?" and the student could say "It" and the teacher could ask another question, "What is it?" and the student could say, "The garage," which gets the student to start thinking in terms of nouns being used to name places and things instead of using "It" as the noun for descriptions.
Create a sentence using at least three of the nouns in a sentence
- The garage was empty except for light rays along the floor.
- The door in the garage led to stairs and the rest of the house.
- The floor looked like concrete and was empty.
In your sentence identify the nouns. Next identify the subject, the direct and indirect objects, along with identifying any adverbs or adjectives. Teachers can provide students with markers or colored pencils to mark or circle each identification. A modification for special needs learners could include providing them with sentences describing the garage and with a sample sentence showing the different nouns and their functions within the sentence.
There are endless possibilities for lesson modifications in this lesson plan on nouns that would provide opportunities for remediation for students with reading deficiencies to challenges of rigor for gifted and exceptional students. Once students understand the basics of nouns and their functions, the teacher can create additional lesson plans on a host of noun usages such as noun gender "Tony was an award winning actor," or possessive nouns such as "Sarah's ball was under the bed." Teachers and students can have hours of fun naming nouns in the classroom, at recess, at an assembly, in the lunchroom and the list goes on.