What are proper nouns?

A proper noun is a specific name for a person, place, animal or thing.

Before we continue, please read about nouns and get free worksheets to practice them by checking this space.

Have you ever wondered why our names, names of schools or hospitals or holidays or months of the year or days of the week begin with a capital letter?

For example, agastya or Agastya?

Lotus Valley School or lotus valley school?

Apollo Hospitals or apollo hospitals?

january or January?

sunday or Sunday?

deepawali or Deepawali?

All of the above refer to someone or something specific or particular so, they will begin with a capital letter.

Agastya is a boy. A boy is a common noun but Agastya is the name of a particular boy so it is a proper noun. It will begin with a capital letter.

School is a place. A school is a common noun but Lotus Valley School is the name of a specific school and therefore a proper noun.

Hospital is a place. A hospital is a common noun but Apollo Hospitals names a specific hospital and thus is a proper noun.

A month is a common noun but January is a specific month of the year so it is a proper noun. January, February, March, April, May, June, July, August, September, October, November and December are all proper nouns and always begin with a capital letter.

A day is a common noun but Sunday refers to a particular day of the week and therefore is a proper noun. Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday and Saturday are all proper nouns and always begin with a capital letter.

A festival is a common noun but Deepawali names a particular festival and is therefore a proper noun. All festivals like Christmas, Dussehra, Eid etc. always begin with a capital letter.

Furthermore, we have brands like Nike, Samsung, Philips, Louis Vuitton etc. which also begin with a capital letter because they name a specific brand. All brand names begin with a capital letter.

My dog’s name, Murphy begins with a capital letter. Dog is a common noun but Murphy is a proper noun.

I hope the concept is clear to you now.

Let’s now discuss the pack I will be sharing with you today. It will make the concept clearer for our little learners.

Explaining the relationship between common and proper nouns

The above sheet explains the contrast between common and proper nouns. For common nouns lesson and free worksheets, click here.

Proper Nouns worksheets for grade 1 and grade 2

Proper nouns are special naming words and begin with a capital letter.

In the above worksheet, Ram and Vim are proper nouns in the first sentence. Ram is the name of a boy and Vim is the name of a particular brand of dishwashing soap.

In sentence two, Big Wong which is the name of a particular restaurant.

3. New Delhi is the name of a city and India is the name of a country and therefore are proper nouns

4. Murphy is the name of a specific dog and therefore begins with a capital letter.

Please note that proper nouns begin with a capital letter regardless of where they appear in a sentence.

common nouns and Proper Nouns worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

In the next worksheet, we have to underline the common nouns and circle the proper nouns.

common nouns                                    proper nouns

  1.  wizard                                         Harry Potter
  2.                                                   Taj Mahal, Agra
  3. country                                               India
  4. month                                                 June
  5.                                                KidZania, Sunday
  6. brother                               Sunny, Oreo Cookies
  7.                                                 Pathways School
  8. family, summer                                   Bali
FREE Proper Nouns worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

proper nouns worksheet1

The next worksheet helps to differentiate between common and proper nouns. The easiest way to differentiate is of course seeing what begins with a capital letter and what does not but that will not always be the case.

For e.g. Mom went to the market. What are the common and proper nouns in this sentence. Market is a common noun but ‘Mom’? ‘Mom’ begins with a capital letter but it can be any mom, right? It does not name the ‘Mom’. ‘Mom’ is therefore a common noun. It begins with a capital letter because it is the first word of thee sentence.

Common nouns- book, girl, school and tiger

Proper nouns- Lord Shiva, Barbie, Pathways, Mars and Delhi

 

Proper Nouns free worksheet for grade 1 and grade 2

Common and proper noun word sort

This worksheet will be a lot of fun for your child to to because it involves sticking. Read the tiles and stick them in the correct box.

Proper Nouns sentences worksheets pack for grade 1 and grade 2

The last worksheet will make the child write the nouns. Please make sure that they begin with a capital letter. Even name of books and cartoon characters begin with a capital letter.

FREE Proper Nouns worksheet pack for grade 1 and grade 2

Proper nouns pack

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

This pack is a subscriber freebie.

download free phonics and grammar worksheets www.englishsafari.in

Please leave your feedback in the comments.

For more free resources on nouns, please check this space.

You may also like...

6 Responses

  1. Seng Ra Lazum says:

    Could you please send me proper nouns pack. I can not download it.

    • Read the complete post. Towards the end of each post, you will be asked to subscribe. Enter your name and e-mail address and ‘click to download.’ A dialog box will open and you can save the file on your computer.

      Hope that helps.

      • Sumitra Chowdhary says:

        Your worksheets are v.helpful. Thanks alot for them. Can you please help me with downloading the proper noun worksheets.

        • Thank you.
          Read the post carefully. You will find a teal-coloured button, ‘to download this free resource, click here’
          Click on the button. Enter your First name and e-mail address. Within 5 mins, you will receive a download link in your e-mail. Click on the link and save the file on your computer.

  2. Makereta says:

    very helpful to my year 2 daughter

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

Enter your First Name and e-mail address to receive the free resource.
Mail me the freebie!