What are Nouns?
are getting ready to teach nouns in 1stgrade, I have a few ideas, activities, and anchor charts for you!
Before we begin, make sure you are familiar with the standards that you need to cover (which may vary from place to place).
The Common Core standards are:
- L.1.1.B – Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
- L.1.1.C – Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He
hops; We hop).
I’ve prepared 5 lessons that will help you get the job done!
- Lesson 1– I can tell what a noun
- Lesson 2– I can sort nouns into
categories of people, animals, places, and things.
- Lesson 3– I can change a singular noun into a plural noun and use both correctly.
- Lesson 4– I can use possessive nouns and not confuse their spelling with the spelling of plural nouns.
- Lesson 5– I can use common and proper nouns correctly.
➽ This post will address Lessons 1 and 2.
➽ For Lessons 3 and 4 click here.
➽ For Lesson 5 click here.
Lesson 1 – I
can tell what a noun is.
This is the first lesson I teach. It is very basic, and starts with this simple anchor chart.
what I tell my students:
“Did you know that words have jobs just like people do? It’s true! This
year you are going to become experts at telling what kind of job each word does!
I’m going to tell you about words whose job is to be a noun. Nouns are the
words that name people, animals, places, and things.
an example of a noun on this card: desk (show card). The job of this word is to
tell me the name of this piece of furniture (point to a desk). When a word
tells you the name of something, that word is a noun.”
stack of index cards with nouns and other words written on them.
card and talk out loud to show your students your thought process:
“The word on this card says girls.
The job of this word is to name these people in our room (point to the
girls). So the word girls is a noun.”
the card on your anchor chart.
Proceed with a few more cards, modeling your thinking, then give students a chance to participate.
At the end of your lesson, your chart might look like this.
my mini-lesson is over, I assign a sorting activity similar to the one we did together.
Here’s the one I made to use in my classroom. You can easily do the same thing using index cards with words, and a sheet of paper that says “Nouns” .
Students decide if the cards belong on the Noun Mat, or if they stay off!
I always walk around and ask students “Why did you put this card on the Noun Mat? Why did you leave this card out?”
This sorting activity also has a Noun Sheet in which students record the nouns that they found, then use the nouns in sentences.
I made 4 sets of cards so this activity can be placed in a Literacy Center after the lesson.
The number “2” on each card is there to indicate that those cards belong to “Set 2”.
It makes it super easy to keep the cards organized!
|I love how engaged they were!|
Lesson 2 – I
can sort nouns into the categories of people, animals, places, and things.
In this lesson, I want to review the concept of nouns, and I want my students to have more of a say in the discussion.
This is the anchor chart that I use for this lesson. It is ready to go as soon as the students walk in first thing in the morning!
I also have a small basket with plenty of cards with nouns in each category, as well as other words that are not nouns.
Give the cards to students as they walk into the classroom in the morning, and
ask them to place the cards in the correct place on your anchor chart. You can
have a student helper stand by the chart to give directions so you don’t become
tied up. This is a HUGE time saving trick because your chart will be ready to
go when your lesson starts!
lesson starts, I’ll use the anchor chart to review what we learned the day
before. I’ll choose a couple of cards
form the chart to reinforce the concept of nouns.
|I taped the “not nouns” to the bucket so you could see them, but obviously your kids would just drop them in!|
card) “Tiger is a noun because it is the name of an animal”,
not a noun because it didn’t fit under any of these categories. The word run doesn’t name a person, an animal, a place, or a thing.”
I’ll have my students turn to each other and talk about some of the words in
each category. I’ll let them choose whatever card they want, but I’ll make sure
that they are using this wording:
is a noun because____” or “____ is not a
noun because _____”
Give your students the language that you want them to use in their discussions
when they are first learning a new concept. It keeps them focused, and it takes
off the pressure off having to know what to say. Many students understand what
a noun is, but they get stuck on the wording…
an activity I use with my students after my mini-lesson. Sometimes, I’ll save this for morning work the next day, or use it in a Literacy Center.
These are the two very first noun lessons I teach to introduce my students to the concept. I review nouns throughout the year, and I use lots of different ways to practice including (but not limited to) practice sheets.
If you are looking for supporting materials for your noun lessons, I’ve uploaded my materials onto my TpT store. The file includes the cards, the sorting mat, lots of practice sheets, and even an editable file that lets you generate your own materials!
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I hope you found these ideas valuable!