Nouns (Grades 2-3)


Our Nouns lesson plan for grades 2-3 introduces students to the concept of nouns and teaches them about different types of nouns, such as common and proper nouns. Students are also taught to distinguish between people, places, and things.

Included with this lesson are some adjustments or additions that you can make if you’d like, found in the “Options for Lesson” section of the Classroom Procedure page. One of the optional additions to this lesson is to read a story aloud to your students, asking them to identify the people, places, and things in each sentence.

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What our Nouns (Grades 2-3) lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Nouns introduces the concept of nouns to young students and prepares them to define noun, common and proper noun, and distinguish between a person, place, or thing. This lesson is for students in 2nd grade and 3rd grade.

Classroom Procedure

Every lesson plan provides you with a classroom procedure page that outlines a step-by-step guide to follow. You do not have to follow the guide exactly. The guide helps you organize the lesson and details when to hand out worksheets. It also lists information in the orange box that you might find useful. You will find the lesson objectives, state standards, and number of class sessions the lesson should take to complete in this area. In addition, it describes the supplies you will need as well as what and how you need to prepare beforehand. The supplies you will need for this lesson are scissors, glue or paste, and the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of tine, you can number 10-12 items in your classroom for the lesson opening, copy the handouts, and gather the supplies.

Options for Lesson

Included with this lesson is an “Options for Lesson” section that lists a number of suggestions for activities to add to the lesson or substitutions for the ones already in the lesson. One optional addition to the lesson activity is to let students use magazines or other resources to find pictures of people, places, or things to use. The only other suggested addition is to read a story aloud to your students, asking them to identify the people, places, and things in each sentence.

Teacher Notes

The teacher notes page includes a paragraph with additional guidelines and things to think about as you begin to plan your lesson. This page also includes lines that you can use to add your own notes as you’re preparing for this lesson.



The Nouns (Grades 2-3) lesson plan includes three content pages. The lesson begins by stating that everything you see, hear, smell, taste, or touch has a name! You have a name, because you are a person; you live in, and visit, places like home and school; you use or interact with things like pencils and books. We call all of the objects in the whole world nouns. Nouns are the words we use for people, places, and things. Some examples of the nouns we use for people are children, men, and women. Some examples of the nouns we use for places are school, home, and store. Finally, some examples of the nouns we use for things are pencil, book, and desk. The lesson includes many more examples of each kind of noun.

We have millions and millions of nouns that we use to identify people, places, and things. We use nouns when speaking and writing. The lesson asks students to try to identify the nouns in the following sentence: The teacher gave candy to the kids at school. The nouns in this sentence are teacher, candy, kids, and school. Teacher and kids are people, candy is a thing, and school is a place. An easy shortcut that you can use is that words like a, an, and the typically precede nouns in sentences.

Common and Proper Nouns

All of the nouns discussed so far are common nouns, which are regular words that we use for people, places, and things. However, specific people, places, and things also have names (just like you). We call these names proper nouns, which are specific people, places, or things. The lesson includes a helpful chart that lists common and proper nouns side by side. For example, boy is a common noun, by Noah is a proper noun. We always start proper nouns with a capital letter. Learning how to identify and use different types of nouns will help you be a better reader and writer!


The Nouns (Grades 2-3) lesson plan includes three worksheets: an activity worksheet, a practice worksheet, and a homework assignment. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


The activity worksheet asks students to first cut out the six pictures included on the worksheet. They will then paste each picture next to the category it belongs to on the next page: person, place, or thing. Next, students will come up with a proper noun for each common noun, writing them on the blank lines on the worksheet. Finally, they will share their proper nouns with the class.

Students may work in pairs for this activity if you’d prefer.


For the practice worksheet, students will complete two short exercises. The first exercise asks them to circle the nouns in each sentence. The second asks them to write a proper noun in each blank space in the provided sentences.


The homework assignment asks students to first identify whether the underlined noun in each sentence is a person, place, or thing. Next, they will circle all of the proper nouns in each sentence.

Worksheet Answer Keys

This lesson plan includes answer keys for the activity worksheet, the practice worksheet, and the homework assignment. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits these pages. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep these as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


2nd Grade, 3rd Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.1.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.2.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.3.1

Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.

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