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Last week, we discussed nouns and I shared a resource which consisted of simple practice worksheets for Grade I children. You can find the resource here.
What are common nouns?
Common nouns name people, places, animals and things that are not specific. They are not the actual NAMES of people, places, animals or things.
For example, ‘dog’ is a common noun, but the name of the dog, ‘Buzo’ is not a common noun because it names a particular dog.
In the same way, ‘highway’ is a common noun, but ‘National Highway 24’ is not a common noun because it names a specific or particular highway.
Clay is common noun but ‘Playdoh’ names a particular brand of clay and therefore not a common noun.
Country is a common noun but ‘India’ is not a common noun because it names a specific country.
Common nouns are all around us. Look around your house. There is a GATE, a GUARD, a GARDEN, PLANTS, a CAR, a PET, KITCHEN, DINING ROOM, BEDROOM, BATHROOM, TABLE, CHAIR, MOM , DAD etc. These are all common nouns and they are everywhere.
Common noun does not begin with a capital letter unless it is the first word in a sentence. For example: Dad is going to the pharmacy. Here, dad is a common noun but it begins with a capital letter because it is the first word of the sentence.
Common nouns are named as such because they help in differentiating with proper nouns which we will discuss later.
Today, I will be sharing a grammar resource with you. Let me discuss the worksheets with you so that you can do it with your child.
In the above worksheet, we will revise the naming words with children. See the picture and colour the category it belongs to.
person: cowboy and doctor
place: garden and hotel
animal: peacock and panda
thing: tomato and star
In the second worksheet, the child can classify the given common nouns into
‘things we can eat’- jam, ham, meat, sweets, chips and butter
‘things we cannot eat’- table, sand, wood, cup, plate and tree
The next worksheet is divided into two parts. In the first, we circle the nouns which are ‘cat, top, mat, rock and neck’.
In the next part, we use these five circled nouns to fill in the blanks.
- The top spins
- The cat naps.
- Mom sat on the rock.
- A hat is on the mat.
- Her neck is long.
In the fourth worksheet, we first circle the common nouns- plane, witch, bunny, bank, star, queen and ant. This activity helps in differentiating nouns from other parts of speech.
We then use these circled nouns to fill in the blanks.
- My dad works in a bank.
- We flew to Delhi in a plane.
- The star shines in the sky.
- The king has a queen.
- The witch is on her broom.
- My bunny loves carrots.
- There is an ant on my apple.
The worksheet has pictures which can be coloured.
In this worksheet, the child will complete the sentences by choosing from the given common nouns. There are two rhyming words given for which sentence of which one is correct. There are pictures alongside every sentence which will aid the child in completing the sentences.
Let me share the answers.
- I filled the bottle with water
- Cows and goats give us milk.
- I live with my parents in a house.
- A monkey can climb trees.
- It’s cold so mom gave me a coat.
- A baby cat is called a kitten.
- My favourite fruit is peach.
In the next worksheet from this common nouns pack, there is a short story with missing nouns. Pictures of missing nouns are given and the child needs to write the missing nouns in the space provided.
I love going to school. I ride my bicycle. My friend takes the bus. Some boys and girls ride in a car with their parents. Kids who have their home nearby, walk to school
Also, there are five other nouns in the story which the child can circle. The nouns are friend, boys, girls, kids and school.
In the seventh and last worksheet from this pack we use a common noun from the word bank to complete the lines. These lines are basically similes. Simile is a figure of speech which involves comparing one thing with another thing of a different kind. It is used to make the description more interesting.
Let me explain with examples from the worksheet.
- as slow as a snail
- as blind as a bat
- as quiet as a mouse
- as proud as a peacock
- as busy as a bee
- as slippery as a fish
- as fat as a cow
- as tall as a tree
- as fast as a cheetah
- as happy as a clam
This worksheet can be challenging for Grade I kids but it will be interesting nevertheless.
I hope you find this common nouns pack useful. If you would like me to share some particular grammar or phonics related resources, you can mention it in the comments section.
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