Proper Nouns

Contributor: Kristen Gardiner. Lesson ID: 10834

What is the opposite of a proper noun? An improper noun? No, it's a common noun! Learn to tell the difference magically with a video, fun online practice, and creative, colorful, hands-on projects!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Golden Retriever
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!

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Did you know you can do magic?

We all know the story of Cinderella. She went from a plain girl to Princess Cinderella just like that — with a little help from her Fairy Godmother.

  • Did you know you have the power to change ordinary nouns like "girl" into extraordinary, specific proper nouns like "Princess Cinderella," or "Eloise," or "Ramona"?

Well, you do! Read on for the rest of the trick!

Turning common nouns into proper nouns

It almost sounds like the magic in the story Cinderella! She went from a girl to Princess Cinderella just like that!

  • Did you know you have the power to change ordinary nouns like "planet" into extraordinary proper nouns like "Earth"? Well, you do!

First, take some time to practice finding the proper nouns.

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Now, ask your teacher to download and print Learn More About Proper Nouns from Downloadable Resources in the right-hand sidebar, and you can do some noun magic on your own!

Continue on to the Got It? section where you will play a noun game with your instructor!

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