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Common and proper nouns

Common and proper nouns


A noun is a person, place, or thing. A common noun names a generic person, animal, place, or thing. A proper noun names a specific person, animal, place, or thing. A proper noun always starts with a capital letter.

Download our Common and Proper Nouns activity below.
This activity asks children to sort the common nouns and proper nouns. What do these nouns mean? What tells you when the words are common nouns? What tells you when the words are proper nouns? This activity has also been designed for handwriting practice.

Common Core Alignment:

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.B Use common, proper, and possessive nouns.



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!