Noun Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Dana Dance-Schissel

Dana teaches social sciences at the college level and English and psychology at the high school level. She has master's degrees in applied, clinical and community psychology.

What are nouns and how are they used in writing and speaking? This lesson plan uses a text lesson to explain important facts about nouns for students. A fun game solidifies learning.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'noun'
  • distinguish between common and proper nouns
  • explain abstract nouns
  • exemplify the different types of nouns


45 to 60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.


Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.


Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop).


Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their, anyone, everything).



  • Begin by writing the following words on the board: 'dog,' 'Jane,' 'bike' and 'New York City.'
    • What do these words have in common?
    • Did you guess that they are all nouns?
  • Pass out the paper copies of the text lesson, one to each student.
  • Tell the students to take turns reading aloud, a sentence each, from the introduction, 'Parts of Speech' and 'Spotting Nouns' sections of the text lesson.
    • What is a part of speech?
    • How can we define the word 'noun?'
  • Ask students to take turns reading aloud from the 'People' section of the text lesson.
    • What is the difference between a common and a proper noun?
    • Which of the nouns written on the board are common nouns?
    • Are any of the words written on the board proper nouns?
  • Have students take turns reading aloud from the 'Places' section of the text lesson.
    • Do any of the nouns on the board represent places?
    • Is it a common or proper noun? Why?
  • Have students take turns reading aloud from the 'Things' section of the text lesson.
    • Are any of the nouns on the board representative of things?
  • Ask students to read the 'Ideas' section of the text lesson by taking turns reading aloud.
    • Do we have any nouns on the board that are ideas?
  • Have students take turns reading aloud from the remainder of the text lesson.
    • Let's take turns sharing simple sentences where nouns are the subjects.
    • Who can form a sentence where the noun is the object of a verb?
    • Let's work together to craft a sentence where the noun is the object of a preposition.
  • Review key facts about nouns for the class before continuing.
  • Pass out the worksheet, one per student.
  • Have the students work in pairs to complete the worksheet.
  • When everyone has completed the worksheet, review each question and answer with the class as students follow along checking their work.

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