Grade Levels: 3-5

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This lesson accompanies the BrainPOP topic Nouns, and supports the standard of understanding the definition of nouns and analyzing the different types. Students demonstrate understanding through a variety of creative projects.


Display a sentence including different types of nouns, like the one below: 

Tim and Moby had a picnic with hotdogs and cheeseburgers to celebrate their friendship.

Ask students:

  • What do the underlined words have in common? 
  • How are the names “Tim” and “Moby” different from the other underlined words?


  • Read the description on the Nouns topic page.
  • Play the Movie, pausing to check for understanding. 
  • Have students read one of the following Related Reading articles: “Quirky Stuff” or “In Practice”. Partner them with someone who read a different article to share what they learned with each other.

Step 3: APPLY and ASSESS 

Students take the Nouns Challenge and Quiz, applying essential literacy skills while demonstrating what they learned about this topic.


Students express what they learned about nouns while practicing essential literacy skills with one or more of the following activities. Differentiate by assigning ones that meet individual student needs.

  • Make-a-Movie: Choose a sentence from your favorite book or short story, then create a tutorial explaining how to identify the different types of nouns in the sentence. 
  • Make-a-Map: Make a concept map identifying different types of nouns and provide at least three examples of each. Some nouns may fit into more than one category.
  • Creative Coding: Code a sorting game that asks players to sort nouns by common and proper.
  • Primary Source Activity: Examine a 1963 poem and cite details to answer accompanying questions.

More to Explore

Grammar Unit: Continue to build understanding around parts of speech and language conventions by exploring more BrainPOP topics.

Sortify: Nouns: ​​This game challenges players to sort by attributes, such as person, place, or thing.

Teacher Support Resources:

Lesson Plan Common Core State Standards Alignments