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Show Me: Nouns and Verbs

Ready to cut out some snippets of grammar fun? This quirky writing lesson serves as both a neat arts and crafts project and a great review of nouns and verbs.
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Students will be able to identify and correctly use nouns and verbs.

(10 minutes)
  • Tell your students they'll be making a poster about nouns and verbs. They will be cutting out pictures from old magazines to use for graphics on their poster.
  • Explain that they'll be cutting out pictures of nouns and verbs from the magazines. Then, they'll write a sentence to go with every picture, circling the nouns and underlining the verbs.
(15 minutes)
  • Model your expectations for the students.
  • Take a magazine and find a picture that would illustrate a noun. Remind your class that a noun is a person, place or thing.
  • Explain why you selected the picture, cut it out, and paste it onto a sheet of construction paper.
  • Write a sentence with a marker under the picture. Underline the verb and circle the noun.
  • Repeat with a picture of an activity that would qualify as a verb. Define a verb as an action word.
  • Verbalize what you are doing and why.
  • Ask if your class has any questions and check for understanding.
(15 minutes)
  • Distribute a magazine, pair of scissors, glue stick, and sheet of construction paper to each student.
  • Tell the class that you want them to find one picture, cut it out, and paste it onto their construction paper.
  • Instruct everyone to write their sentences, then stop.
  • When the majority of students seem to be done, ask for student volunteers to come up with their work.
  • Have your volunteers explain why they chose the pictures and read their sentences.
  • As a group, identify the nouns and verbs in the sentences.
(20 minutes)
  • Have students complete their posters independently.
  • Walk around and check for understanding as they work.
  • Collect the posters when they are completed for review.


  • Require advanced students to write several complex sentences about their pictures instead of one sentence.


  • Students who are struggling should work with a partner to create their poster. Review the definitions of nouns and verbs with each student, providing examples.
(10 minutes)
  • Use student posters to assess mastery of the lesson concepts.
  • Provide feedback for students on the back of their posters.
(10 minutes)
  • Hand back the posters so students can read their feedback.
  • Collect the posters once again and put them up around the room.
  • Let students walk around and look at other students work to further increase their knowledge of grammar mechanics.

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