Common Nouns

**UPDATE** I have uploaded Pack II of common Nouns on my website. It’s free. Click here to go to the post and download it.

Last week, we discussed nouns and I shared a resource that 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.

nouns worksheet for discrimination among person place animal and thing. Identify the pictures and colour the right category

common nouns

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

Free nouns worksheet for first grade and second grade

Common noun worksheet1

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

Free noun worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

Common noun circle the noun


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.

  1. The top spins
  2. The cat naps.
  3. Mom sat on the rock.
  4. A hat is on the mat.
  5. Her neck is long.

noun worksheet for first grade. Circle the nouns and use them to complete the sentences


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.

  1. My dad works in a bank.
  2. We flew to Delhi on a plane.
  3. The star shines in the sky.
  4. The king has a queen.
  5. The witch is on her broom.
  6. My bunny loves carrots.
  7. There is an ant on my apple.

The worksheet has pictures which can be coloured.

Free nouns worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

Nouns -complete the sentence

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 that will aid the child in completing the sentences.

Let me share the answers.

  1. I filled the bottle with water
  2. Cows and goats give us milk.
  3. I live with my parents in a house.
  4. A monkey can climb trees.
  5. It’s cold so mom gave me a coat.
  6. A baby cat is called a kitten.
  7. My favourite fruit is peach.

noun sentences worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

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 that the child can circle. The nouns are friend, boys, girls, kids and school.

nouns simile worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

Common nouns – simile

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.

  1. as slow as a snail
  2. as blind as a bat
  3. as quiet as a mouse
  4. as proud as a peacock
  5. as busy as a bee
  6. as slippery as a fish
  7. as fat as a cow
  8. as tall as a tree
  9. as fast as a cheetah
  10. 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.

Click below to download the ‘Common Nouns Pack’.

common nouns worksheet pack for first grade.

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12 Responses

  1. Julita says:

    Thank you…all of these were very helpful to my grade 1..

  2. Thank you. For more grammar resources please check,
    You will find free worksheets for nouns, verbs, adjectives, articles, homophones and more which are perfect for first and second grade.

  3. Marietjie says:

    Wow. It is really very nice worksheets. I really like them. Thanks

  4. Diana says:

    Thank you

  5. Maissa says:

    Thank you for this for this lovely&friendly material

  6. Shireen says:

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