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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 – 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.
Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | Preview
Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | Answers
Singular, Plural, and Collective Nouns Worksheet | Ereading Worksheet

Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet – 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.
Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet | RTF
Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet | PDF
Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet | Preview
Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet | Answers
Concrete and Abstract Nouns Worksheet | Ereading Worksheet

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 example nouns and determine the each’s type: singular or plural, common or proper, and concrete or abstract.
Nouns and Superheroes | RTF
Nouns and Superheroes | PDF
Nouns and Superheroes | Preview
Nouns and Superheroes | Answers
Nouns and Superheroes | Ereading Worksheet

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. Of course, this worksheet requires a knowledge of pronouns, so teach your students about those first before assigning this worksheet.
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas | RTF
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas | PDF
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas | Preview
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas | Answers
Proper Nouns, Common Nouns, and Pronouns with Ninjas | Ereading Worksheet

Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 1 – 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 Worksheet 1 | RTF
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 1 | PDF
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 1 | Preview
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 1 | Answers
Common and Proper Nouns Worksheet 1 | Ereading Worksheet

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.  Double-sided worksheet with over 32 problems.
Noun Types Worksheet 1 | RTF
Noun Types Worksheet 1 | PDF
Noun Types Worksheet 1 | Preview
Noun Types Worksheet 1 | Answers
Noun Types Worksheet 1 | Ereading Worksheet

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.
Noun Types Worksheet 2 | RTF
Noun Types Worksheet 2 | PDF
Noun Types Worksheet 2 | Preview
Noun Types Worksheet 2 | Answers
Noun Types Worksheet 2 | Ereading Worksheet

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
Plural or Possessive Noun Worksheet PDF
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Noun PowerPoint and Video 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

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

 

Noun Tests

Here are some multiple-choice tests to help evaluate students’ understanding of nouns. Each of these tests is available at three different reading levels for maximum accessibility. Though each test has three different versions, they all have the same answer key to keep grading simple.

Common and Proper Nouns Test 1

This multiple-choice test has 30 questions that challenge students to identify common and proper nouns. The example sentences are themed around the circus to make it fun and interesting.
Reading Level 1 – Grades 3-5
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | RTF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | PDF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | Preview
Reading Level 2 – Grades 6-8
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | RTF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | PDF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | Preview
Reading Level 3 – Grades 9+
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | RTF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | PDF
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | Preview
Online Versions
Common and Proper Nouns Test 1 | Ereading Worksheet
Complete this Activity in the Parts of Speech Web App
Answer Key for All Reading Levels
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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.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 1 | Preview
Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 2 | Preview
Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 – Reading Level 3 | Preview
Online Versions
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 1 | Ereading Worksheet
Complete this Activity in the Parts of Speech Web App
Answer Key for All Reading Levels
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Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Test 2

Here is another 30 multiple-choice question test about singular, plural, and possessive nouns. This test is themed around outer space and covers many interesting, celestial topics.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 1 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 1 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 1 | Preview
Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 2 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 2 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 2 | Preview
Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 3 | RTF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 3 | PDF
Singular, Plural, and Possessive Nouns Worksheet 2 – Reading Level 3 | Preview
Answer Key for All Reading Levels
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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.
Reading Level 01 – Grades 3-5
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 01 | RTF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 01 | PDF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 01 | Preview
Reading Level 02 – Grades 6-8
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 02 | RTF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 02 | PDF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 02 | Preview
Reading Level 03 – Grades 9+
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 03 | RTF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 03 | PDF
Final Noun Test – Reading Level 03 | Preview
Online Versions
Final Noun Test | Ereading Worksheet
Complete this Activity in the Parts of Speech Web App
Answer Key for All Reading Levels
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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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     /  October 27, 2018

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     /  October 16, 2017

    Do you have anything exclusively on pronouns? Do not worry I have seen and used the Ninja sheet:)

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     /  October 4, 2017

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       /  October 4, 2017

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