Parts of Speech ~ Nouns

Teaching Ideas and Free Resources to Teach Nouns

Are you looking for some activities to teach nouns? Look no further. This post contains PowerPoints, posters, games, and more.

Something to think about . . . .

Prepositions and interjections are like the glue in our sentences. These short words are taught as early as kindergarten using flashcards. Whether you use the Dolch list, STAR, or some other list, students learn these words in the primary grades. Likewise, pronouns are taught at an early age. This means that by the time students reach the upper elementary grades, vocabulary lists are comprised of nouns, verbs, adjectives, adverbs, and occasional conjunction.

One way to help students master parts of speech is to include identifying words with each vocabulary study. I always introduce vocabulary words using the sentence from the text. Students must use context clues to determine the word’s meaning. After creating a word web, I have students evaluate the sentence to determine which part of speech the word is. [As mentioned earlier, vocabulary words are usually nouns, verbs, adjectives, or adverbs.] After routinely completing this simple daily practice, students become proficient with identifying these parts of speech.

 If you would like to read more on teaching vocabulary, here’s a link to the blog post that describes teaching vocabulary in more detail.


Guess the Location

Have students think of a place they like to visit. On a piece of paper, students make a list of things they would see, hear, taste, touch, or smell at this place. The list needs to contain all nouns. For example, if the location was the beach, the student might list sand, sunshine, shells, wind, umbrella, towel, castle, shovel, bucket, and salt.

Once the lists are made, have students divide into small groups to share their lists. After a student reads his/her nouns, the others in the group try to guess the location.

Elimination Noun Game

Setting up the Game:

You will need three sets of popsicle sticks.

#1 ~Write each student’s name on one stick.

#2 ~ Write the letters of the alphabet.

#3 ~ Write specific types of nouns such a singular, plural, collective, proper, abstract, concrete, etc.

The Object of the Game

To be the last student standing

Playing up the Game:

Have all students stand up. Draw one stick from each set. You may draw ~ Megan ~ A ~ Proper Noun. Megan has to quickly give you a proper noun that begins with the letter A. For example, Alaska, Atlanta, Alice, etc. If she cannot, she must sit down. Place these sticks aside and draw three more [one from each set] for the next turn. Once you run out of sticks in one set, you can dump the “used” sticks back into the draw piles.

Students must sit down if they give an incorrect answer or repeat any nouns that have already been used during the game. Students must answer in a timely manner. You may wish to start slowly; then increase the speed after students understand the rules of the game. If students hesitate, they must sit down and are eliminated from the game.

Nouns – Games for the Classroom

Mini Noun Book

Create a mini-book. Follow the demonstration on the YouTube video to fold a single 8 1/2 by 11-inch piece of paper to form a mini-book. Have students create a book on nouns.

Page Setup

1 – Title

2 – Definition

3 – Proper Nouns

4 – Abstract Nouns

5 – Concrete Nouns

6 – Plural Nouns

7 – Singular Nouns

8 – Collective Nouns

SchoolHouse Rock

YouTube has a number of videos on interjections. Try “A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing” from Schoolhouse Rock.

Activities on the Web

Nounss - Activites on the Web


Here are a few links to help you find lessons and practice pages:

Picture Books that Help Teach Nouns

Nouns - Picture Books that Help Teach Parts of Speech

    • A Rattle of Bones: A Halloween Book of Collective Nouns by Kipling West

    • A Lime, a Mime, a Pool of Slime: More about Nouns by Brian P. Cleary A Mink, a Fink, a Skating Rink: What Is a Noun? by Brian P. Cleary
    • Chicken in the City by By Maria Fleming and Liza Charlesworth
    • Merry-Go-Round: A Book About Nouns (Explore!) by Ruth Heller
    • Nouns and Verbs Have a Field Day by Robin Pulver
    • Herd of Cows, Flock of Sheep by Rick Walton
    • One Sheep, Two Sheep: A Book of Collective Nouns by Patricia Byers
    • If You Were a Noun by Michael Dahl


Nouns PowerPoint Presentations

Nouns Blog Post with Free Printables

Get the 3 PowerPoint Presentations here.

#1 – Capitalization Rules

#2 – Plural Rules

#3 – Possessives

Noun Teaching Ideas


Nouns Blog Post with Free Printables

Nouns Blog Post with Free Printables


Teachers Pay Teachers

Interactive Grammar Organizers

Check out Interactive Grammar Organizers on Teachers Pay Teachers.

Visit the other posts in this series by clicking on the buttons.

Pronouns Blog Post with Free Printables

Adverbs Blog Post with Free Printables

Conjunction Blog Post with Free Printables
Interjections Blog Post with Free Printables


Nouns Blog Post with Free Printables
Prepositions Blog Post with Free Printables
Teaching Ideas and Free Resources to Teach Adjectives
Verbs Blog Post with Free Printables

Gay Miller @ Book Units Teacher

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  1. I am LOVING all of your parts of speech posts and am pinning them like crazy. THANK YOU for putting together such fabulous resources.

    1. Thank you!!

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