Identifying nouns

Home learning focus

To identify and use common and proper nouns.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help you understand nouns

  • four activities.


Watch this short clip to remind you what common and proper nouns are.

Learn about nouns.

The two types of nouns

Common nouns

These are the names of things, like places or objects.

Examples are: monster, tree, boat, chair, banana

Proper nouns

These are the names of a particular person, place or thing.

They always begin with a capital letter.

Examples are: London, Scotland, India, David, Samaira

For example: A monster called Leroy lives in that tree.

'Leroy' is a proper noun and 'monster' and 'tree' are common nouns.

Now watch the following clip to learn about different nouns that you might see in daily life.

Remember: Nouns can be names of people, places or things.

Learn about using nouns in everyday life.


Activity 1

Check how well you understood the videos by completing these two short activities.

1. Highlight all the common nouns that are used in the sentences.

Remember: Common nouns are names of things.

2. Then highlight all the proper nouns that are used in the sentences.

Remember: Proper nouns are names of particular people or places.

Activity 2

Now take the nouns quiz. What score can you get out of five?

Activity 3

Complete the Recognising Nouns activity sheet below. You will need three different coloured pens.

If you can't print out a copy of the work sheet, you could create three columns and write a list of all the place nouns, thing nouns and name nouns down on paper.

Top tip!

A noun is often something you can touch. So when you are deciding if a word is a noun, think about whether you can touch it.

Recognising nouns activity sheet

Activity 4

Write five sentences all about Leroy the Lizard Monster from the video clip you watched at the start of the session.

Once you have written each sentence, underline all the nouns that you have used.

If you are feeling super confident, underline all the proper nouns you used in one colour and all the common nouns you used in another colour.

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