Nouns Trading Card Lesson Plan

Subject: English-Language Arts

Grade Level: 2nd & 3rd


  • Make sure the trading cards you distribute to the students have some kind of narrative about the player – not just statistics.


Students will be able to identify nouns and classify them as either common or proper.

Anticipatory Set:

  • Write the categories on the board:  Person Place Thing
  • Write the words on the board: hockey puck, ice skates, goalie, ice rink 
  • Ask the students to tell you which column each word belongs in.


  • Explain that words that name a person, place, or thing are called nouns.
  • There are two types of nouns – Common and Proper.
  • Explain that the words listed on the board are Common Nouns.
  • Write the following words on the board:  Brent Burns, San Jose Sharks, SAP Center, National Hockey League.
  • Explain that these words are the official names of people, places, and things.  These are called Proper Nouns and must be capitalized. 

Guided Practice:

  • Write a noun on the board.
  • Ask the students to stand up if the noun is a Proper Noun and stay seated if it is a Common Noun.
  • Continue this practice with more examples of nouns as needed.

Independent Practice:

  • Pass out one sports trading card to each student (making sure the back of the card has a narrative description…not just numbers).
  • Have the students find nouns written on the back of the trading card and classify the nouns as Common or Proper using the Nouns Worksheet.
  • Students can also use items in the picture on the front of the card as nouns for filling in their worksheet.


  • Display a sports trading card on the board (using a document camera if possible).
  • Read the back of the card aloud and have the students say “Noun” whenever you read a noun.
  • Have the students stand up if it’s a Proper Noun and stay seated if it is a Common Noun.

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