February 20th 2011 00:36
Common and Proper Nouns
The following four lessons introduce children to, and give them the opportunity to consolidate knowledge about, common and proper nouns.
(The lessons may be particularly helpful for Year Three students who will be sitting the Naplan Test later in the year.)
Print the above image and use with Lessons 1, 2, 3 and 4 on Common and Proper Nouns.
Tutor Notes for Common and Proper Nouns:
Studying common and proper nouns doesn’t seem a topic for a Phonic Blog but in these days of integrated lessons we can include the lesson under Reading for a Purpose.
I have written the lessons for a Year Three student (WA) who will be sitting the Naplan Test this year. I am including them in my blog because they may be helpful for other students at this stage of development.
It is good to isolate teaching points so the children can study and gain a good understanding of them, and then confidently integrate them back into their written work.
Before the children work Lesson One explain what nouns are, especially common and proper nouns.
A simple definition: a common noun names people, places and objects.
eg boy, girl, car, day, year, season etc.
Look at a paragraph from a reading book or a library book and ask the children to find the common nouns. Write them on the board or a chart, leaving room next to each one for a proper noun to be written next to it.
A simple way to explain a proper noun is to say it is the NAME of a common noun.
Write a proper noun next to each common noun written on the board or chart.
eg boy – Karl, girl – Anne, car – Ford etc
Look around the room and find proper nouns on charts eg days of the week, months of the year, name of the seasons.
Consolidate the above discussion by working the children through each point in Lesson One.
At the end of these discussions the children should be confident in their knowledge of common nouns and proper nouns.
Make sure the children understand what is required to work this page and then let them work with minimal help.
1. Work question 1, and mark.
2. Let the children work question 2, only giving help when needed.
NB: how each child answers this question will be an indicator of how well he/she understands about
proper nouns. If a child is still struggling she/he will need to go back to the discussions had before
Lesson One and then work through the lessons again.
Treat this lesson as a test.
Make sure each child knows what to do.
Give no help until the lesson is complete.
After marking, teach at the point of error.
An important conclusion to these lessons is to let the children know you now expect them, in all their writing, to write proper nouns with capital letters. Praise them when they do.
Print the above image and use with the Tutor Notes and Lessons 2, 3 and 4 on Common and Proper Nouns.
Name: Date: .
1. A common noun names people, places and objects.
2. A proper noun is the NAME of a person, a place or an object and
ALWAYS begins with a capital letter.
Study the following lists of nouns:
common nouns Proper Nouns
month of the year
day of the week
Mount Flinders Primary School
The House of Style
Mary and John Travel to Mars
Note - (discuss the following with your tutor):
1. Look again at the name of the school.
Notice that its name has four words and each word begins with a capital
2. Look again at the name of the dress shop.
All the words have a capital letter except the small word ‘of’.
3. Look again at the name of the book.
All the words have a capital letter except the small words ‘and’ and ‘to’.
Turn to page 2