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Noun Worksheets and Activities

Learning about the parts of speech lays the foundations for more advanced concepts like sentence structure, the rules of grammar, and punctuation. That’s why so many language arts units start with the parts of speech. And, if you are starting a unit on the parts of speech, one of the better places to begin is by studying nouns.

Nouns are words that refer to people, places, and things, but it gets a little more complex. There are many types of nouns: common and proper, singular and plural, and abstract and concrete. Over the years I’ve designed a good array of noun worksheets and activities for classroom use. This page archives these noun worksheets and activities and makes them freely accessible to teachers, parents, and students. I hope that these resources will help others gain a better understanding of nouns.


Noun Worksheets and Tests

Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet | Worksheet 1 – This 4-page, multiple-choice worksheet has 30 questions that challenge students to identify common and proper nouns. This worksheet is available at three different reading levels, so it can be used for just about student. The example sentences are themed around the circus to make it fun and interesting.
Reading Level 1 – Grades 3-5
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 01 | RTF
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Reading Level 2 – Grades 6-8
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 02 | RTF
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Reading Level 3 – Grades 9+
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 03 | RTF
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 03 | PDF
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Online Versions
Common and Proper Nouns – At the Circus | Ereading Worksheet – Online Test
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Common and Proper Nouns | Worksheet 2 – Students fix capitalization errors and explain their changes, then convert common nouns to proper nouns. Lastly, they practice capitalization by creating original sentences following specific guidelines.
Common and Proper Nouns and Capitalization Worksheet RTF
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Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns | Worksheet 1 – This 4-page worksheet features 30 multiple-choice questions about singular, plural, and possessive nouns. You can use this for class work or as a test. This worksheet comes in three different reading levels, but they all share the same answer key. The multiple-choice format makes it easier to grade. This worksheet is themed around a magical land of marshmallows and candy, which makes it interesting to read.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 01 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 01 | PDF
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Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 02 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 02 | PDF
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Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 03 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 03 – Reading Level 03 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 01 – Reading Level 03 | Preview
Online Versions
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns | Ereading Worksheet – Online Test
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Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns | Worksheet 2 – Here is another 4-page, 30 multiple-choice question worksheet about singular, plural, and possessive nouns. This worksheet is themed around outer space and covers many interesting, celestial topics. Though this worksheet is available at 3 different reading levels, they all use the same answer key. I recommend that you use this for a classroom activity or a test.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 02 – Reading Level 01 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 02 – Reading Level 01 | PDF
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Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 02 – Reading Level 02 | RTF
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Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 02 – Reading Level 03 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 02 – Reading Level 03 | PDF
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Plural or Possessive Noun Worksheet: Determine whether the noun is plural or possessive. Circle the correct noun form and explain why it is the correct form.
Plural or Possessive Noun Worksheet RTF
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Nouns and Superheroes Worksheet – Your students will love this lighthearted noun worksheet. In the first part, students read fifteen superhero themed sentences and circle each noun. Then students analyze five examples nouns and determine the noun types: singular or plural, common or proper, and concrete or abstract.
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Noun Types Worksheet 1: Students identify whether each noun is common or proper; singular, plural, or possessive; and concrete or abstract.  Students write the appropriate answers on lines.  Double-sided worksheet with over 32 problems.
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Noun Types Worksheet 2: Decide whether each noun is singular or plural, common or proper, and concrete or abstract.
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Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas! – Read exciting sentences about ninjas and underline the common nouns, double underline the proper nouns, and circle the pronouns.
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns RTF
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Nouns Test – How well do your students understand nouns? This noun test has 35 multiple-choice questions to help you find out. It covers common and proper nouns; singular, plural, and possessive nouns; and even concrete and abstract nouns. It comes in three different reading levels for maximum accessibility. Plus it’s themed around superheroes, so students should find it entertaining. What a great way to get students to engage with nouns and produce test data.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Nouns Test – Reading Level 01 | RTF
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Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Nouns Test – Reading Level 02 | RTF
Nouns Test – Reading Level 02 | PDF
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Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Nouns Test – Reading Level 03 | RTF
Nouns Test – Reading Level 03 | PDF
Nouns Test – Reading Level 03 | Preview
Online Versions
Nouns Test | Ereading Worksheet – Online Test
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Noun Lessons

Noun Types and Capitalization Lesson – An animated PowerPoint presentation explaining the difference between noun types and teaching students when to capitalize nouns. This presentation includes a practice activity after the lesson.
Noun Types and Capitalization Lesson PPT

Nouns Types Lesson – A PowerPoint slide show lesson explaining the difference between noun types: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive, concrete, and abstract.  Also includes ten practice problems after the lesson.
Noun Types Lesson PowerPoint
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Common and Proper Nouns Lesson – Here is an animated PowerPoint slideshow that clearly explains common and proper nouns. It includes three practice questions at the end of the lesson. Want to see how I go over the lesson? Click the YouTube video below, in which I present this lesson.
Common and Proper Nouns Lesson | PPTX – Without Sounds
Common and Proper Nouns Lesson | PPTX – With Sounds

 

Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Lesson – This animated PowerPoint slideshow covers singular, plural, and possessive nouns. It also includes three practice questions after the lesson. Want to see how I present the lesson? Click the YouTube video below.
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Lesson | PPTX – Without Sounds
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Lesson | PPTX – With Sounds

 

Common Core State Standards Related to Nouns

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.CCRA.L.1 – Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

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ELA Standards: Language

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1a – Print all upper- and lowercase letters.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1b – Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1c – Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1a – Use collective nouns (e.g., group).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1b – Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1a – Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1b – Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.

CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1c – Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).

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12 Comments

  1. Evelyn kittridge

     /  January 14, 2017

    This exercise is not so good as I thought. It is full of mistakes and quality of the exercises are also not very good. Please recognise these mistakes and improve the exercises.

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     /  November 9, 2016

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  3. Carlee McT

     /  November 29, 2015

    SO useful! Thanks!

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  4. Nicole

     /  March 27, 2015

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     /  February 5, 2014

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     /  October 3, 2013

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     /  August 7, 2013

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  8. R Jackson

     /  January 23, 2013

    Thanks so much for providing these worksheets. I am reviewing language skills with my computer class and these worksheets have been very helpful for the students.

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     /  December 20, 2012

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