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.
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.