As we read, we listed some of the common and proper nouns on our board. When we finished we looked at our list to determine what we thought about the difference between the two different kinds of nouns.
Here are some of our thoughts:
Kaydance: They are all people, places and things!
Kiersten: The common nouns are things we see a lot of every day.
Jack: The proper nouns start with an uppercase letter, and the common nouns don't.
Ruby: The proper nouns are names of specific things.
We determined that common nouns are just regular people, places, and things, like dogs, grandfathers, trucks, and stores.
Proper nouns are the names of specific nouns, such as Mrs. Essenburg, Grand Rapids, Uncle David, and Meijer's.
For example, restaurant is a common noun, but a specific restaurant, like McDonald's, is a proper noun. When we write a sentence with a proper noun, we need to remember to capitalize the proper noun.
I like going to a restaurant for supper.
McDonald's is my favorite restaurant.
My birthday is next month!
My birthday is in October.
I like going to my uncle's house.
It is fun visiting my Uncle Richard.
Of course, it isn't enough just to learn about proper nouns in class. We need to use them in our writing! More detail makes our writing more interesting.
So it is your turn, third graders! Here are some common nouns and some proper nouns. You can use these words or come up with your own! Write one sentence with the common noun. Then write another sentence using the proper noun. Remember to capitalize it! Also remember that all sentences start with a capital letter and end with punctuation.
Common Nouns -- Proper Nouns
dog -- Rex, Skippy, Baxter
cat -- Lucy, Troy, Midnight
state -- Michigan, Florida, Ohio
man -- Mr. Brunsink
woman -- Mrs. Essenburg, Mrs. Veldink
boy -- All the boys in our class! Bradyn, Conner, Jackson, etc.
girl -- All the girls in our class! Kiersten, Kaiya, Hope, etc.
holiday -- Christmas, Halloween, Easter
country -- United States, New Zealand, Canada, Mexico
There are many more!
Here is my example.
I have two crazy, silly cats in my house.
My two cats, Troy and Lucy, are crazy and silly.
I'm looking forward to seeing your sentences!
Do you have a favorite proper noun?
Do you think it is a good idea to use proper nouns in your writing? Why?