Possessive Noun Lesson Plan

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Teaching your students about possessive nouns? This lesson plan uses a video lesson to explain how, when and why to make a noun possessive, using examples and guiding student practice. Discussion questions, hands-on activities and a quiz round out this lesson.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define 'possessive noun'
  • demonstrate how to write a single and plural possessive noun
  • discern the difference between a plural and possessive noun


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Prepared index cards with nouns, verbs, adjectives and adverbs written on them, one set for each small group
  • Prepared set of index cards with singular nouns, one for each partner group
  • Tic-tac-toe template, one for each partner group
  • Covers to place on top of the tic-tac-toe board, two different colors per group
  • White boards & markers

Key Vocabulary

  • Apostrophe
  • Noun
  • Possessive
  • Joint possession
  • Plural

Curriculum Standards


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


  • Start the class by dividing students into small groups and giving them prepared index cards. Have them sort the cards into parts of speech and label.
  • Share answers and make sure students have a solid understanding of these parts of speech.
  • Tell students they will be learning about possessive nouns. Preview vocabulary, then start the lesson video What are Possessive Nouns? - Examples, Definition & Types.
  • Pause at 0:33 and define 'apostrophe.'
  • Have students share prior knowledge of how to use apostrophes, then resume the lesson.
  • Pause at 2:33. Make a t-chart on the board and label 'Singular Possessive Nouns' and 'Plural Possessive Nouns.'
  • Write the rule Add an s in the first column along with a few examples.
  • Have students choose a few nouns from their index card game to make possessive and write on the white boards. Check their work.
  • Write a few examples of joint possession on the board and have students make possessive on white boards, then check their work. Reteach if necessary.
  • Resume the lesson and pause at 5:21. Write the rule for making plural possessive nouns along with a few examples in the second column, then practice with students on white boards.
  • Discuss:
    • What is the difference between singular and plural nouns?
    • How can we make sure we apply the correct rule when making nouns plural?
    • Why can it be confusing when working with plural possessive nouns?
  • Play the remainder of the lesson.
  • Have students draw a t-chart on their white boards and label one side 'Singular' and the other side 'Plural.'
  • Now give them a series of singular nouns to write in the 'singular' column. Instruct them to make plural, then trade with a partner to check. Correct together as a whole group.
  • Ask students to erase, then make a new t-chart labeled 'Singular possessive' and 'Plural possessive.'
  • Give students singular possessive words and have them make plural. Again, trade and check work, then review.

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