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Nouns All Around Us – Activity to teach the concept of types of noun in a fun manner

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Number of Participants: Solo Activity

Setting (Indoor / Outdoor): Any

Estimate Execution Time: 30 mins each on 1-3 days

Students learn the concept of nouns not with the help of any textbooks, but with the help of their day to day observations. They observed that nouns are all around us.

A notebook, pen/pencil

Stage 1:

1. Ask students to think about 5 people they know or have met, 5 places they have visited, 5 things they use, 5 animals and 5 feelings they have experienced.

2. Then ask them to fill in the table given below:

People:

  S. No. of Person  

  Name  

  Profession  

  Relation with you (if any)  

1

Gita

Teacher

aunt

2

3

4

5

Places:

  S. No. of Place  

  Name  

  Kind of Place  

  Location  

1

National Museum

Museum

New Delhi

2

3

4

5

Things:

  S. No. of thing  

  Name of thing  

  Brand  

 Material  

1.

Pen

Reynolds

Plastic

2.

3.

4.

5.

Animals:

  S.No. of animal  

  Animal  

  Category  

1.

Eagle

Bird

2.

3.

4.

5.

Feelings:

  S.No. of Feeling  

  Feeling  

1

Love

2.

Pleasure

3.

4.

5.

 

3. Now after filling 5 entries under each topic decide what kind of a noun each word is.

For e.g.:- according to the first row of the people table, ‘Gita’ is a Proper noun and ‘teacher’ and ‘aunt’ are common nouns.

Similarly, in the third table, ‘pen’ is a common noun,’ Raynolds’ is a Proper noun and ‘plastic’ is a material noun.

4. Ask them to repeat this exercise everyday to enhance their understanding of the concept of nouns.

Stage 2:

1. Ask the students to observe their surroundings carefully. Ask them to write 20 sentences each on what they saw.

2. Next day question them on their sentences

For eg:- Student A wrote, “ I ate mangoes after lunch”

You may ask about the nouns in the sentence and their types and also the reason for the same. In this case the student may answer that the noun in the sentence is ‘mangoes’ because it is the ‘name’ of a fruit. It is a ‘Common Noun’ because no particular variety of mangoes is mentioned.

3. Repeat this activity for a week for better clarity of the concept.

NounThe name of any person, place, thing, animal or idea is a noun.

Types of Nouns:

Common Nouns- When the noun is a general noun without any specific category, it is called common noun.

For eg.:- The cat ate the rat.

Here ‘cat’ and ‘rat’ are both common nouns.

Proper NounsProper nouns are names of specific people, places or things.

For eg.:- Sahana is the topper of the class.

Here ‘Sahana’ is a proper noun.

Abstract NounsNouns which express ideas, qualities , conditions or feelings are called abstract nouns.

For eg:- I want to see justice served.

Here ‘justice’ is an abstract noun.

Collective Nouns- Nouns referring to a group of something in particular.

For eg:-I saw a flock of birds in the sky.

Here ‘flock of birds’ is a collective noun.

Compound NounsTwo or more words joining together to make a single noun is called a compound noun.

For eg:- I brush my teeth with a toothpaste.

Here ‘toothpaste’ is a compound noun.

Material NounsMaterial nouns refer to the substances from which things are made.

For eg:- I bought wool, so that my grandmother could make a sweater out of it.

Here ‘woo’l is a material noun.

Possessive Nouns– These nouns demonstrate ownership over something.

For eg:- This is Sandra’s pen.

Here ‘Sandra’ is a possessive noun.

Countable NounsThe nouns that can be counted or quantified are called countable nouns.

For eg:- I bought a dozen bananas from the market

Here ‘bananas’ is a countable noun.

Uncountable Nouns– I asked the sweeper to wipe out the dirt from the floor.

Here ‘dirt’ is an uncountable noun.

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Written by Sheetal Mahajan

Book lover, loves writing, avid reader and most importantly a learner...student for life.

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