Noun Games for 2nd Grade

Instructor: David Wood

David has taught Honors Physics, AP Physics, IB Physics and general science courses. He has a Masters in Education, and a Bachelors in Physics.

Singular, plural, and possessive. Proper nouns and regular nouns. People, places, and things. There's a lot to learn about nouns. Help students have fun as they explore nouns with a few of these noun games for second graders.

2nd Grade Noun Games

Second graders need to learn what a noun is, how nouns can be made possessive, as well as the difference between singular and plural nouns. To make this learning more fun, why not try out some of these noun games?

Possessive Noun Game

This game involves making nouns possessive. Put students into groups, and give each group a set of index cards with objects and features. For example, one card might have an airplane and wings, while another might have a house and roof. The challenge is for students to create a phrase using those objects that includes a possessive noun. So, for the examples given, one way of answering would be 'an airplane's wings' and 'the house's roof.' Have students complete as many of the index cards as they can in the time available. Whichever team completes the most before the time runs out, wins the game.

Noun Circling Game

This game requires posters and whiteboards to be placed around the classroom. To prepare, fill every available space on the posters with lots of sentences that contain multiple nouns. Students are then put into groups, each group with a characteristic color and each member with a marker of that color. Position students at a 'starting line' and then say, 'Ready? Set! Go!' The goal is for members of the group to circle as many nouns around the classroom as they can. Once one group has circled a noun, that noun cannot be circled by another.

Once a time limit has been reached, it's time for scoring. Each group gains a point for every correct noun they circled. However, they lose two points each time they circled a word that wasn't a noun. The team with the most points wins the game.

Alternative idea

If you want to reuse the posters, another idea is to fill the posters not with sentences, but with words: nouns, verbs, and even adjectives (such as colors, numbers, etc.). Of course, only use age-appropriate words. Then, laminate the posters and have the students use dry-erase markers. This way, when you move onto other word forms, your work is already done.

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