Throwback Thursday: Welcome to NOUN TOWN! Freebie

Happy Thursday, friends!
Thursdays are fun because I'm linking up with these fabulous blogs to highlight an older post:

This post was originally published in November 2012 (when I had like 3 followers, including my mom! Hah!)

Welcome to Nountown!
Our English curriculum jumps back and forth between grammar and writing units, and this month we've been knee-deep in grammar - specifically nouns. I love teaching grammar (nerdy,
I know!) and want kids to get excited about mastering the (albeit many!) rules and patterns in grammar and figurative language.

We've been doing a ton of noun activities,
but I wanted to share a sampling:
1. Schoolhouse Rock video

I started off the unit by showing the Schoolhouse Rock video, "A Noun is a Person, Place, or Thing." You can watch it {HERE}
2. Noun Scavenger Hunts
We searched through the classroom for examples of the four types of nouns - people, places, things, and ideas. 
The packet also includes 3 engaging writing prompts that puts the students' noun knowledge to the test!
Click HERE to buy the packet for only $2!

3. Noun Town
After our discussion of common vs. proper nouns, we worked together to create a "Noun Town!" Each student had to bring in a picture of a noun that could fit in our fictitious town.
On the back they had to write:

1. The type of noun it was (person, place, thing, idea)
2. Is it singular or plural?
3. Is it common (a store) or proper (Macy’s)

Click here for the assignment details document (FREE!)

Once all of the pictures came in, we sorted them based on whether they were people, places, or things. I then constructed a bulletin board, divided into three sections of "Noun Town:"
1. People Avenue, 2. Place Street, and 3. Thing Drive.

The students love seeing their work on display and it's a tangible reminder of the difference between the three types of nouns.

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