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Replacing Nouns

Get your students ready for some grammar fun with this simple lesson on pronoun recognition.
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Students will be able to identify pronouns and use them in their writing.

(5 minutes)
  • Tell students that today we are going to learn about pronouns.
  • Read aloud If You Were a Pronoun by Nancy Loewen.
(10 minutes)
  • Display the anchor chart.
  • Read and discuss the information on the anchor chart.
  • Write the following sentences on the board: Mom and Dad are best friends. Mom and I will be there.
  • Have students look at the anchor chart and ask what pronoun could take the place of Mom and Dad (they).
  • Ask students to identify which pronoun would take the place of Mom and I (we).
  • Read aloud a few more sentences and have students replace the noun or nouns with a pronoun.
(10 minutes)
  • Place a copy of Pick the Pronoun worksheet on the document projector for everyone to see.
  • Read aloud the first sentence and ask students to decide if the answer is "my" or "mine."
  • Ask students to clap once if they think the answer is "my" and twice if they think the answer is "mine."
  • Discuss the correct answer with the students.
  • Repeat the exercise for each sentence.
(15 minutes)
  • Read aloud the directions at the top of the Pronoun Sentences worksheet.
  • Have students complete the worksheet on their own.
  • Enrichment: For advanced students, let them create sentences about a friend using pronouns.
  • Support: For students in need of support, let them copy classmates' names from the board and replace them with pronouns.
(5 minutes)
  • Collect students' Pronoun Sentences worksheets and review them later to assess students' understanding of the lesson content.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask a volunteer to explain what a pronoun is.
  • Ask several volunteers to give an example of pronouns.
  • Have students watch and sing the Pronouns video.

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