Grade Levels: 3-5, 6-8

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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
Students synthesize their ideas and express them through one or more of the following creative projects. They can work individually or collaborate.  

  • 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.


Reflect: After sharing creative projects with each other, students reflect on what they’ve learned about nouns. Prompt them by asking questions such as: 

  • What are some examples of nouns? 
  • How can you tell whether something is a proper noun?
  • What is the difference between abstract and concrete nouns?  Provide an example of each?
  • How are nouns usually made plural?

Assess: Wrap up the lesson with the Nouns Challenge

Step 5:  Extend Learning

Examine a 1963 poem to identify types of nouns in this Primary Source Activity

Play Sortify: Nouns, a learning game challenging players to sort words into different categories. 

Continue to build understanding around parts of speech and language conventions with BrainPOP’s Grammar topics, games, and teacher resources. 

Filed as:  3-5, 6-8, English, Grammar, Nouns