Identifying Common or Proper Nouns

  • First Grade
  • Reading, Writing
  • 45 minutes
  • Standards: L.1.1.B
  • 5.0 based on 2 ratings
October 30, 2015
by Yolanda Swain

Help your students learn the difference between proper and common nouns with this lesson that has them come up with examples of their own and complete a worksheet to check for comprehension.

Learning Objectives

Students will be able to identify proper nouns and use them in writing.

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Introduction (10 minutes)

  • Review what a noun is by reading aloud If You Were a Noun.
  • Tell students that today they're going to identify proper nouns and learn to use them in their writing.

Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Write the following sentence on the board: "On Thursday Nyla was back at Railroad Park."
  • Tell students that "Nyla" is a girl's name, "Thursday" is the name of a day of the week and "Railroad Park" is the name of a park.
  • Explain to your students that proper nouns are names of important people, places, and things. Proper nouns begin with capital letters and include the days of the week, months of the year, and holidays.
  • Write more sentences on the board that include proper nouns and continue modeling which noun are proper nouns are by underlining them.

Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)

  • Write the words "teacher" and "Mr. Lee" on the board.
  • Point to each word as you read it.
  • Ask children to identify the proper noun.
  • Ask a volunteer to explain why "Mr. Lee" is a proper noun.
  • Write the common nouns "doctor," "friend," "principal," and "state."
  • Have children provide a proper noun for their doctor, friend, principal, and state.
  • Remind students to begin each proper noun with a capital letter.
  • Display a copy of the Common or Proper Noun worksheet on a projector for students to see.
  • Ask students to look at the words and identify them as common or proper nouns as you point to them.

Independent Working Time (10 minutes)

  • Have students complete the Proper Nouns worksheet on their own.



  • Enrichment: For advanced students, let them write sentences about their favorite holiday.
  • Support: For students who need support, let them name two people in their family and capitalize the names.


Assessment (2 minutes)

  • Ask students to write one common noun and one proper noun.

Review and Closing (3 minutes)

  • Have students to compare and contrast nouns and proper nouns.

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