Nouns (Grades 4-6)


Our Nouns lesson plan for grades 4-6 teaches students how to recognize and use common and proper nouns, including identifying the categories and types of nouns. Students practice writing sentences with multiple types of nouns to solidify their understanding of the lesson material.

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 adjustments to this lesson is to do the lesson activity outside, in a gym, or in another location.

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What our Nouns (Grades 4-6) lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Nouns for grades 4-6 equips students to recognize and use common and proper nouns, including identifying the categories and types of nouns. Students are encouraged to use their creative thinking skills as they classify common nouns from their environment. At the end of the lesson, students will be able to recognize and use common and proper nouns, including identifying the categories and types of nouns.

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 green 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 only supplies you will need for this lesson are the handouts. To prepare for this lesson ahead of time you can collect items to represent people, places, or things for the lesson opening and copy the handouts.

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. As an optional adjustment, you can do the lesson activity outside, in a gym, or in another location. An optional addition to this lesson is use a current novel that the class is reading (or other reading material) to practice identifying nouns. You can also use some of the videos included in this lesson’s additional resources to help wrap up the lesson.

Teacher Notes

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



The Nouns (Grades 4-6) lesson plan includes two pages of content. Nouns are words for people, places, or things. We sometimes call nouns “naming words”. They answer the question “What is it?” Nouns name the things you see or touch (bird, water, mother), or don’t touch (joy, happiness, tiredness). We use proper nouns for specific people, places, and things. We use common nouns for a class or group of person, place, or thing.

Different Types of Nouns

The lesson then describes several different types of nouns. Abstract nouns are things that you cannot see or touch, like bravery, happiness, joy, or kindness. Concrete nouns are things you can see or touch like books, tables, desks, rocks, and pencils. Collective nouns include groups like teams, classes, herds, armies, and families. Countable nouns can become plural when combined with a number (such as two dogs). Non-countable nouns cannot be counted, like air, water, and music. Gender-specific nouns specify things that are definitely male or female, like kings and queens. Finally, possessive nouns name who or what has or owns something.

The lesson then includes two lists: one of common nouns, and one of proper nouns. Some common nouns are city, street, singer, and lake. Some proper nouns are New York, Rose St., Adele, and Erie.

The first thing you should ask yourself when trying to identify a noun is if it’s a person, place, or thing. The question “What is it?” can be helpful in determining if a word is a noun. For example, the answer to “What is it people live in?” is “house,” which is a noun.

Nouns are one of the seven main parts of speech. The more you learn about nouns, the better reader and write you will be!


The Nouns (Grades 4-6)  lesson plan includes two worksheets: an activity worksheet and a practice worksheet. You can refer to the guide on the classroom procedure page to determine when to hand out each worksheet.


Students will work in pairs to complete the activity worksheet. Students will list as many nouns as they can see, feel, touch, not see, or not touch in the classroom. They will write down the noun and then indicate whether that noun is referencing a person, place, or thing. They will also write down what type of noun it is. Finally, they will write a sentence for each noun, circling the noun in the sentence.

Students can work alone for this activity if you’d prefer.


For the practice worksheet, students will write sentences using specific types of nouns, as indicated on the worksheet. For example, they will write a sentence that includes an abstract common noun.


Students will read an excerpt from The Adventures of Tom Sawyer by Mark Twain. They will have to circle all the nouns they can find, including the subjects of sentences.

Worksheet Answer Keys

There is an answer key for the homework worksheet at the end of the document. The correct answers are in red to make it easier to compare with students’ work. If you choose to administer the lesson pages to your students via PDF, you will need to save a new file that omits this page. Otherwise, you can simply print out the applicable pages and keep this as reference for yourself when grading assignments.

Additional information


4th Grade, 5th Grade, 6th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards

LB.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.5.1, LB.ELA-Literacy.L.6.1

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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