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What is a noun?
Grammar

What is a noun?

OVERVIEW

A noun is a person, place, or thing. Nouns can be concrete or abstract. Concrete nouns are things that you can see and touch. Abstract nouns are things that you can't see, like love, or sadness.

Download our Find the noun activity below.

This activity introduces children to the concept of concrete nouns, focusing on words like tree, house, and paint. This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.

 

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.K.1.B Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs.

EXAMPLE

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The words house and flower are concrete nouns because you can see and touch them. The words love and happiness are abstract nouns because you cannot see or touch them. because you can see and touch them. The words love and happiness are abstract nouns because you cannot see or touch them.

ACTIVITIES

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Deep Dive

Read our report on the Science of Reading. Research-based reading instruction must incorporate the 5 pillars of reading: phonemic awareness, phonics, fluency, vocabulary, and comprehension. This report provides an easy to understand overview of each of these pillars and explains the important connection between how the brain learns to read (the Neuroscience of Reading) and how we teach children to read (The Science of Reading Instruction). It also explains why helping children build connections between letters and sounds, through phonics and phonemic awareness, is so crucial for the developing reading mind. This report is perfect for sharing with colleagues and friends!