Common and Proper Nouns


The lesson is a basic introduction to nouns, as well as the difference between common and proper nouns. The students will be able to identify and use proper nouns and common nouns, and explain the differences between them.

Common and Proper Nouns Lesson Plan Includes:

  • Full Teacher Guidelines with Creative Teaching Ideas
  • Instructional Content Pages about Common and Proper Nouns
  • Hands-on homework activities giving students practice on identifying and using Common and Proper Nouns
  • Answer Keys
  • Common Core State Standards
  • Many Additional Links and Resources
  • Built for Grades 1-3 but can be adapted for other grade levels.

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This interesting lesson is a basic introduction to nouns, as well as the difference between common and proper nouns. Use the additional resources for extra practice if needed. Explain to students the use of proper nouns in their writing will give a reader more specific information about a person, place, or thing.

Sample Classroom Procedure / Teacher Instruction

  1. Display prepared items. Ask 3 times: What do each of the (students, maps, things) have in common with each other?
  2. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to the three noun categories: people, places, and things. Each of those words will likely be suggested by a student.
  3. Ask students if they know the word used to identify a people, place, or thing (noun).
  4. Display the word student and a student’s name and ask the class to tell the difference between the two words/identifiers.
  5. Allow for responses and discussion. Lead the discussion to common and proper nouns. Introduce the differences.
  6. Distribute the Common and Proper Nouns content pages. Read and review the information with the students using additional examples if necessary.
  7. Allow students to share examples to gauge understanding and comprehension of the differences between the types of nouns.
  8. Distribute the Activity page. Review the instructions. Pair students for completion.
  9. Allow students to share their responses to the Activity page.
  10. Distribute the Practice page. Depending on grade level, you may decide to do the page aloud with the class, especially the last part of the page.

Common Core State Standards:


Class Sessions (45 minutes): 1 – 2 class sessions

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Additional information

Grade Level

1st Grade, 2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts

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