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Noun Worksheets, Lessons, and Tests

Understanding the parts of speech is fundamental to learning more advanced concepts like sentence structure, 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. Most grade school students can tell you this. But the study of nouns gets a little more complex. There are many types of nouns such as common and proper, singular and plural, and abstract and concrete. It is helpful to know these distinctions when studying language. Over the years I've created a catalog of noun worksheets and activities that work well in the classroom. These include multiple-choice tests, practice activities suitable for homework or classroom activities, as well as online noun activities that give students instant feedback and save teachers' time. I've posted all of these activities to this page and made them freely accessible to teachers, parents, and students. May we all one day have a better understanding of what we are saying.

Noun Activities

Noun Worksheets

Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | "At the Zoo..."
Students will read 15 fun sentences themed around a class trip to the zoo. While doing this they will identify singular, plural, and collective nouns. Then they will practice using singular, plural, and collective nouns in different contexts.
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Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheets | "Lost at Sea..."
Lost at sea, David and Jane struggle to survive. Students read this exciting story of triumph while identifying concrete and abstract nouns in 15 sentences. Then they write some of their own. Great for homework or classwork.
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Nouns Worksheet | "With Superheroes"
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 example nouns and determine their types: singular or plural, common or proper, and concrete or abstract.
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Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns Worksheet | "With Ninjas"
Read exciting sentences about ninjas and underline the common nouns, double underline the proper nouns, and circle the pronouns. This worksheet requires a knowledge of pronouns, so teach your students about those first before assigning this worksheet.
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Common and Proper Nouns and Capitalization Worksheet
Here's another capitalization worksheet to help students reach mastery. This one is themed around space aliens and has a lot of fun little tricks written into it. After this one, your students should be ready for a test.
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Noun Types Worksheet 1
This worksheet has a list of nouns. Students identify whether each noun is common or proper; singular, plural, or possessive; and concrete or abstract. Students write the appropriate answers on lines. This is a double-sided worksheet with 32 problems.
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Noun Types Worksheet 2
Here is another worksheet with a list of nouns. Students decide whether each noun is singular or plural, common or proper, and concrete or abstract.
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Plural or Possessive Noun Worksheet
Students will read 15 fun sentences themed around a class trip to the zoo. While doing this they will identify singular, plural, and collective nouns. Then they will practice using singular, plural, and collective nouns in different contexts.
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Noun PowerPoint Lessons

Noun Types and Capitalization Lesson 1
This is an animated PowerPoint slideshow to help teach you or your students how to distinguish noun types, common and proper nouns, and capitalization rules.
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Noun Types Lesson
Here is a PowerPoint lesson that explains the difference between the following noun types: common, proper, singular, plural, possessive, concrete, and abstract. It also includes ten practice problems after the lesson to help students review.
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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.
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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.
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Noun Tests

Here are some multiple-choice tests to help evaluate how well your students understand nouns.

Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1
This test features 30 multiple-choice questions about singular, plural, and possessive nouns. It is themed around a magical land of marshmallows and candy, which makes it fun and interesting to read.
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Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 2
This test features 30 multiple-choice questions about singular, plural, and possessive nouns. It is themed around a magical land of marshmallows and candy, which makes it fun and interesting to read.
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Final Noun 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. 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.
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Nouns and Capitalization
Common Core State Standards

Nouns and Capitalization Anchor Standard
L.1 - Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

L.K.1c - Form regular plural nouns orally by adding /s/ or /es/ (e.g., dog, dogs; wish, wishes).
L.1.1b - Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.
L.1.1c - Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).
L.2.1a - Use collective nouns (e.g., group).
L.2.1b - Form and use frequently occurring irregular plural nouns (e.g., feet, children, teeth, mice, fish).
L.3.1a - Explain the function of nouns, pronouns, verbs, adjectives, and adverbs in general and their functions in particular sentences.
L.3.1b - Form and use regular and irregular plural nouns.
L.3.1c - Use abstract nouns (e.g., childhood).
L.6.1e - Recognize variations from standard English in their own and others’ writing and speaking, and identify and use strategies to improve expression in conventional language.
L.9-10.1b - Use various types of phrases (noun, verb, adjectival, adverbial, participial, prepositional, absolute) and clauses (independent, dependent; noun, relative, adverbial) to convey specific meanings and add variety and interest to writing or presentations.
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     /  October 16, 2017

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