Nouns are among the most common and recognizable word types in English. Nouns are also an accessible entry point into different word categories because they tend to be concrete.
It is important that students are eventually able to distinguish between common and proper nouns, particularly in reference to capitalization.
This lesson helps students identify the difference. One slide asks students to brainstorm common nouns by whether they are a person, place, or thing. Different types of proper nouns, such as holidays, names of people, and days of the week and months of the year, are also reviewed.
Other slides involve dragging nouns across your Interactive Whiteboard, tablet, or computer to categorize them correctly. Student participation in these class activities