Introduce the concept of proper and common nouns by reading a loud a book. We chose The Journey of Oliver K. Woodman by Darcy Pattison because it contains many proper nouns. After reading, create an anchor chart of the nouns within the book. Students write the common nouns in the first column and the proper nouns in the second column.
What’s the Name? A beginning proper noun activity. Students are given a common noun and have to think of their own proper noun. They write the proper noun and draw a picture to show their word.
Common & Proper Noun Hunt Your students can go on a scavenger hunt to search for common and proper nouns that begin with each letter of the alphabet. Do this as a shared activity as your class brainstorms common and proper nouns in their school and community environments, or give students clipboards and take a walk inside and outside your building. It could also be used as a fun family homework activity.
Common & Proper Noun Free Association Game In this game students work with partners. As a common noun is read aloud by the first student, the second student needs to immediately think of a matching proper noun (or the opposite). There are two separate games attached for early finishers, or choose to do one as a class and the second one with partners.
All the Places I Live Book This book gives students practice wtih writin proper nouns that name their classoom, school, state and more. You will find this printable book here: http://www.thecurriculumcorner.com/2012/10/06/all-the-places-i-live-booklet/