Grammar Lessons for First Grade: Teaching Common Nouns

One subject I always had difficulty teaching was language and grammar. I taught the standards, but I never had a scope and sequence or adequate curriculum until I created one of my own. The first unit in my grammar curriculum is all about teaching common nouns.

lessons for teaching common nouns

In my grammar curriculum, I mapped out the standards and created a scope and sequence you can grab for free here. I wanted each unit to include literacy, grammar songs (if applicable), digital lessons to present on a projectable board, and paper-pencil practice for the students. I also fell in love with the “I do, we do, you do” teaching model and wanted to fully incorporate that model into these lessons. In this nouns unit, we focus on person, place, and thing.

Each lesson begins together up front by the SMART board. I have digital slides that you complete with the students together. They love these slides and look forward to working on them daily right after morning recess. For noun week, there is a poster explaining what a noun is, a noun song I wrote with an audio version linked on YouTube, 6 practice slides, and the ”you do” activities for each day. I include the “you do” slides so you can complete them altogether if you wish, review them after they complete them, or model them before you set them loose to work independently.

I love to read children’s books that discuss the topic we are learning about. I found 3 awesome books for teaching nouns. I have also linked any stories I was able to find digitally so you don’t have to go out and purchase them. However, I do have the language stories linked here if you want an easy way to grab them. (As an Amazon Associate, I earn from qualifying purchases.) Each day we work our way through the digital slides, listen to stories, and sing the noun song. By the end of the week, they have this song memorized.

books for teaching common nouns

After our mini session together, I like to send my students back to work independently on the “you do” activity. For my noun unit, we make lists. Since this is one of the first few weeks of school, we often do this part together. Once they become more independent, I let them work on their own and focus on a small group that may need more support.

Each of my units contains some sort of sorting activity. I use these for morning tubs and literacy centers. I like to revisit topics after we have learned them, and the noun sorting activity is the perfect way to do this. I also add songs that we have sung to a binder and put it in the reading center. Since they often learn the songs by heart, this is a great read to self experience. To read more about my comprehension songs, you can check out my previous blog post “Reading Comprehension Strategies One Song at a Time.”

sorting activity for teaching common nouns

Finally, all my grammar units end with a fun cumulative craft. For teaching common nouns, I created a school bus with some of their favorite characters. Students label the nouns on the bus. I also included bulletin board letters that spell out “On our way to Noun Town”. It makes an adorable bulletin board. In fact, if you use all my grammar units, you could designate a board just for the weekly crafts.

craft for teaching common nouns

If you are interested in my entire grammar curriculum, you can check it out here.

grammar curriculum

I also have a grammar club. This club contains all my grammar units and loads of extra digital practice slides.

Here is what a few buyers had to say about my noun unit:

“So easy to learn and follow! I loved the slides that were included!! I really love the concept of I-do, we-do, you-do! The students were very eager to learn about nouns!”

“I absolutely love this resource! It is exactly what I was looking for. It had all of the digital pieces I needed as well as paper/pencil for my students to practice. Thank you for an amazing resource.”

“Thank you so much! I love your products so much! My students LOVED the nouns song, and the activities!! Thank you again!”

“This was a great resource for teaching my kinders the basics about nouns. The school bus craft for Noun Town is adorable and I can’t wait to get it up in the hallway!”

You can purchase this noun unit with all the resources you need for teaching common nouns on TpT or shop right here at my store.


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I’m Megan, a first grade teacher and a mother to 7 amazing children. I love to create and collaborate with teachers. When I’m not teaching, I love spending time with my family, baking and playing tennis.

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