In 2013, I created an emergent reader titled What is a Noun? This week I decided to update the cover and somehow I ended up giving it a total overhaul and I LOVE it! So I want to share it with you along with some other noun activities that you can use to introduce or reinforce nouns.
What is a Noun? is a simple, blackline, interactive emergent reader. It can be used with whole group, small group, one-on-one or in stations/centers. I think it would be especially great for a Literacy Center or a small group, but that’s just what I’m used to working with. That allows me to offer more supervision and instruction.
What is a Noun? begins by stating the definition of a noun and illustrating with pictures. It then moves on to helping students identify nouns in a sentence. The noun in each sentence is identified within a box and supported by picture cues. The students choose whether the noun is person, place, animal or thing. This is done together as a group to ensure accuracy and then they color the apple of the correct answer.
The pages then move onto having students identify the noun and glue their answer in the answer box. They color the flap and carefully glue it over their answer creating a lift the flap page … which will be fun for later readings. On the last page, the definition of a noun is stated again, providing assistance for the students to label the items in the picture as person, place, animal or thing.
This new book format provides many more learning opportunites than the old one. I’m glad I took the time to update it.
If you have other suggestions, leave a comment below. I’d love to hear them.
Oh, you can purchase What is a Noun? here
This Noun Sort activity is another file I attemped to update last year. However, I created it way back when and I couldn’t find the original files to really update it, so I just did what I could. I’ll probably end up doing a total overhaul on it soon, too. But these types of activities are one of the favorites of my students.
Place the person, place, animal, thing sorting cards into the top row of a pocketchart. Students sort the picture cards into the correct column. Afterwards, they complete the worksheet as a follow-up sheet to see if they understand the concept, or it can be used as an assessment.
This is a great activity for early finishers or Centers/Stations.
Fall Noun Sort is similar to the generic Noun Sort activity. It’s just fall themed … because I love fall! It also comes with a response sheet so that students can record their answers after sorting the cards. The other printable allows the student to sort pictures like the generic noun sort, but to also draw their own fall person, place, animal or thing and label it. Early finishers write sentences with the words on the back.
More Noun Activities from the Attic
Here are a couple more noun activities from years ago. Both before I became too computer savvy. At one time, I even learned how to print on sentence strips, but I quickly learned even though it looked sooooo cool, it was wayyyy too much trouble.
If you don’t have the funds to purchase a noun sorting activity, you can always create your own … even without a computer. You just need index cards, some magazines (or Google) and a marker. You can even have your students help you find the pictures as part of your nouns lesson and sort them into person, place, animal, and thing. The hard part will be finding pictures that fit onto your 3×5 cards. Don’t forget to leave room for the label. Once you’ve found your pictures, create your column headings and you’re ready to go! If you want your cards to last, laminate them.
This is what my first noun sort looked like. Don’t laugh. I’ve learned a lot since then. And sorry about the bad picture.
My students love pocketchart activities. They love things that get them out of their seat and give them “wiggle room.” This next idea I just came up with on the fly. The hardest part was writing the sentences! I used the labels from the sorting activity above to help them remember the definition of a noun. They use sticky notes to identify the nouns in the sentences. And they LOVE using sticky notes!! I guess it makes them feel like adults.
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