What is the first thing that comes to mind when someone asks you to name a noun? Many students across the country may not immediately think of a person, place, or thing. They might struggle to come up with a noun. As teachers, we need to find activities that capture our students' attention and interest them into learning about nouns and other parts of speech. Teaching Grammar can be a lot of fun with the right resources.
1. Online Noun Games
Online noun games are an entertaining way for students to practice using different types of nouns. While these online games can be played with others, you can turn on the "classmates only" feature to control access and keep students safe.
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2. I Spy Grammar Game
Middle school students might roll their eyes at first when you tell them you are going to play "I spy". However, you can challenge them by asking your students to identify specific types of nouns that they find around the school or learning environment.
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3. Proper Noun Gallery Walk
Incorporating a proper noun gallery walk into your grammar lessons is a fun way to engage middle school students. Chart paper and color markers are needed for this activity. Your students will actively walk around the room to classify proper nouns. This is an awesome interactive resource.
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4. Digital Task Cards
Digital task cards can be used with middle schoolers for a variety of grammar activities. Teaching grammar concepts can be challenging. Digital task cards help with breaking down the content into smaller activities for students to practice specific skills.
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5. Sorting Nouns- French Fries
Students will work to improve their knowledge of nouns with this fun noun sorting game. The students will sort common nouns and proper nouns. You will need to make a list of nouns and cut them into strips resembling fries. How creative!
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6. Printable Noun Game
This free printable noun board game can be used with elementary and middle school level students. Players will take turns rolling the die and classifying the object they land on as a person, place, or thing. This could be used as a center activity or to play in pairs.
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7. Collective Noun Game
The collective noun game is an interactive learning experience in which students' will test their knowledge of collective nouns. These online grammar programs are very effective in making grammar fun for students.
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8. Noun Song
The song about nouns is a great musical resource to teach your students. It will aid in helping them remember what nouns are and how they are used. You can pair this song with a noun writing activity in which students will write their own original sentences using nouns.
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9. Silly Sentences
This silly sentence activity can be used for all grade levels. Students will throw a ball into the muffin pan to select 4 words. They will arrange the words into a silly sentence making sure to use each noun, adjective, and verb properly.
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10. Sentence Sticks
Another engaging way to create sentences is to make sentence sticks. Students will pick a stick from each container to select each word. They will put them in order to create a complete sentence. Then, they will be asked to identify the nouns in sentences on their own.
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11. Plural Noun Quiz
This interactive plural noun quiz is a great way to sharpen students' skills on recognizing plural nouns. This activity can be used with individual students or partner pairs. This is fun because it is interactive and allows students to play a game. I am all about making learning fun!
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12. Noun Gameshow
If your students enjoy gameshows, they will love this game! I would recommend splitting the students into teams and playing as a class. You can make it fun with student selected team names and prizes. This is a really fun team game.
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13. Khan Academy
Khan Academy is an excellent resource for many content areas within education. The noun activities can be adapted for Google Classroom or can be played straight from Khan Academy. I love Khan Academy because of the easy-to-understand explanations and interactive content.
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14. Noun Explorer
Noun explorer is an interactive game that is fun for students of all ages, even middle school! The graphics and sound effects are entertaining to keep your students' attention throughout the game.
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15. Sentence Pattern Game
If you are looking to review sentence patterns with your middle schoolers, you may want to check out this sentence pattern game. There are many games to choose from and they are all very fun for students. You cannot go wrong with any game you select.
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16. Noun Phrase Hunt
For this activity, you will make a copy of one of the books in your classroom. Then, you will ask your students to circle all the nouns they can find as quickly as they can. You can increase the difficulty by adding a timer.
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17. Noun Signs
If you are looking for a sign that it's time to practice nouns, this is it! I love these noun signs because students will be learning about nouns as they put together an awesome craft. You can use the finished product to decorate the classroom or learning space.
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18. Countable Noun Practice
Have your students distinguish between countable and uncountable nouns with this interactive game. There are many grammar games within this resource for you to explore. There are many designed for middle school students.
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19. Grammar Bank
Grammar Bank is a collection of fun learning activities for students to practice parts of speech. Students can type directly onto this site. You can even print their results and can view the correct answers. You can also create a printable version. This is a very user-friendly resource.
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20. Interactive Quizzes
Looking for online interactive quizzes for your middle school students? You may be interested in the common and proper nouns quiz. You can even create your own quiz using this online resource. To increase the level of rigor, students can create quizzes and take turns quizzing each other.
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21. Verb, Noun, Adjective Game
This online game goes beyond practicing nouns and also includes verb and adjective practice. It is helpful to include many parts of speech so students can distinguish nouns from the rest. Game-based resources are engaging to students and can be tailored to various learning levels.
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22. 101 Collective Nouns
Calling all animal lovers! This book explores the history behind collective nouns and examples of collective nouns using animals. Everyone, including the teachers, will learn something new from this book!
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23. Plural Noun Scoot
Children will love playing the plural noun scoot game. Students will move around the room to get their ideas and blood flowing with this interactive classroom game.
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24. Pronoun Practice
This is a fun activity for students to practice learning pronouns and points of view. I love this because it can be applied to many different aspects of learning. This is a great resource that is helpful for students to learn about pronouns.
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25. Color by Code
Do you remember color by number? This activity uses a similar concept. Students will color according to parts of speech. For example, they will color all the nouns a specific color. Coloring is not just for young children. It is relaxing and engaging for students of all ages.
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