ALEX Learning Activity


Noun Town

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  This learning activity provided by:  
Author: Lane Kulovitz
System:Talladega County
School:Talladega County Board Of Education
  General Activity Information  
Activity ID: 2297
Noun Town
Digital Tool/Resource:
You Tube- Noun Town
Web Address – URL:

This catchy video introduces students to nouns. Students will discover that nouns are all around them! While watching, students will record nouns from the video which will lead to a class discussion in nouns and the difference in common and proper nouns.

This activity was created as a result of the ALEX Resource Development Summit.

  Associated Standards and Objectives  
Content Standard(s):
English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
37 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking. [L.1.1]

a. Print all uppercase and lowercase letters. [L.1.1a]

b. Use common, proper, and possessive nouns. [L.1.1b]

c. Use singular and plural nouns with matching verbs in basic sentences (e.g., He hops; We hop). [L.1.1c]

d. Use personal, possessive, and indefinite pronouns (e.g., I, me, my; they, them, their; anyone, everything). [L.1.1d]

e. Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home). [L.1.1e]

f. Use frequently occurring adjectives. [L.1.1f]

g. Use frequently occurring conjunctions (e.g., and, but, or, so, because). [L.1.1g]

h. Use determiners (e.g., articles, demonstratives). [L.1.1h]

i. Use frequently occurring prepositions (e.g., during, beyond, toward). [L.1.1i]

j. Produce and expand complete simple and compound declarative, interrogative, imperative, and exclamatory sentences in response to prompts. [L.1.1j]

Alabama Alternate Achievement Standards
AAS Standard:
ELA.AAS.1.37- Demonstrate standard English grammar when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37a- Print all uppercase and lowercase letters when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37c- Use frequently occurring nouns and verbs when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37f- Use adjectives when writing or speaking.
ELA.AAS.1.37g- Use the conjunctions and or when writing or speaking.

English Language Arts
ELA2015 (2015)
Grade: 1
38 ) Demonstrate command of the conventions of Standard English capitalization, punctuation, and spelling when writing. [L.1.2]

a. Capitalize dates and names of people. [L.1.2a]

b. Use end punctuation for sentences. [L.1.2b]

c. Use commas in dates and to separate single words in a series. [L.1.2c]

d. Use conventional spelling for words with common spelling patterns and for frequently occurring irregular words. [L.1.2d]

e. Spell untaught words phonetically, drawing on phonemic awareness and spelling conventions. [L.1.2e]

Learning Objectives:

I can:

  • Identify common and proper nouns.

  • Capitalize proper nouns.

  Strategies, Preparations and Variations  

  • The teacher will display the teacher created T-chart “Noun Town” on chart paper.
  • The teacher will pass out two small notecards to each student.
  • Play Noun Town video for the whole group.
  • While watching, students will record two nouns from the video (one on each notecard.)
  • After the video, the teacher will lead the class in a whole group discussion on the nouns students collected. (Nouns in the video are common nouns. Explain proper nouns and challenge students to change some of their common nouns to proper nouns. Point out the need to capitalize proper nouns.)
  • The teacher will call students up to tape their noun under the proper heading- common or proper noun.
Assessment Strategies:

The students will be assessed by classroom observation during this introductory lesson. The teacher will record students who struggle to identify nouns and ones who forget to capitalize proper nouns on this checklist. This will help to differentiate future lessons.

Advanced Preparation:

  • Create a T-chart titled “Noun Town”. Create a column for common and proper nouns.

  • Ensure that your school has not blocked the Noun Town video.

  • Cut index cards in half. (You will need 2 halves for each student.)

Variation Tips (optional):

Students can use nouns collected and write a story using a predetermined number of nouns.

Notes or Recommendations (optional):
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