Hey terrific teacher,
Are you looking for an engaging and hands-on way for your students to learn about parts of speech? Don’t worry, I’ve got you covered with these cute noun centers!
Why use centers?
- A lot of students learn better through hands-on activities,
- Centers allow for pair and group collaboration,
- Once prepped, these resources can be used for months and years to come,
- They can be a great independent activity during morning work or literacy centers.
So, let’s look at the 7 noun centers for teaching grammar! There are a variety of activities. Some are very visual (with just pictures), some have pictures and words, and some are word based.
Some of the centers are completely hands-on and perfect for fine motor. Others are great for reading fluency or sentence writing!
Recognizing Nouns – Clip Cards
It’s important for your students to be able to distinguish between nouns and other parts of speech (like verbs). These clip cards are perfect for helping students decide what is a noun and what is not.
Pegs are great for fine motor, but if you don’t have any pegs (or clips), students can also use whiteboard markers to circle or underline the answer.
Students look at the pictures (and read the word if they are not sure what the picture is) and decide if it is a noun or not. There are 16 clip cards included in this center.
Recognizing Nouns – Find Nouns In A Sentence
The first activity (clip cards) is very visual, but it’s also important to have centers that challenge students and address other areas of learning.
In this center, students read the sentence strips and find the nouns. They can circle or underline the noun with a whiteboard marker if they wish. Next, they look at the number on the sentence strip and find the matching box on the worksheet. Then, they write down the noun in the box.
If you want to save on printing worksheets, you can just ask your students to write the nouns that they find in their workbooks, on a piece of paper, or on a mini whiteboard. There are 16 sentence strips to work on in this center. Grammar AND reading fluency practice? Win Win!
Sorting Nouns – Ice Creams
Students need to understand that nouns are people, places, things, and animals. In this cute center, students sort the ice cream scoops onto the four ice cream cones. Each cone has 6 scoops with pictures on.
This center is fun because what kid doesn’t love ice cream?!
Sorting Nouns – Puzzles
This puzzle center is another great way for students to practice sorting nouns by person, place, thing, and animal. There are 8 different puzzles to complete, with very cute clip art.
Tip – I strongly recommend laminating all of these centers so that they can be used over and over again without getting ripped or marked.
Sort & Write Nouns – Sentences
This center has two activities, which makes it versatile. First, students sort the 24 pictures by person, place, thing, and animal. There are lots of ways this can be done. Students can stack the pictures on top of each other, line them up in rows, or even place them into boxes or pots.
Next, students select the pictures of nouns and write sentences using them. You can differentiate this based on your learner’s capabilities. For example, some students could just write a simple sentence with one noun. Others could write a silly sentence with 2-3 nouns (using a person, place, and thing/animal).
The worksheet that comes with this center allows for 6 sentences to be written. If you’d like to save on printing, you can ask your students to write their sentences in their workbooks, on a piece of paper, or on a mini whiteboard. This also allows for longer sentences and more sentences.
Sorting Nouns – Popcorn
In this center, students sort the 16 pieces of popcorn between the two buckets, based on whether the noun is singular or plural.
This is a great way for students to recognize the difference between singular and plural nouns. The same 8 words have been chosen and they come in the singular and plural version (e.g., flower and flowers). As this is not a visual activity (with noun pictures), it’s great for word reading practice.
Sorting Nouns – French Fries
This final center is perfect for students to reinforce the difference between common and proper nouns. Students sort the 16 french fries between the two boxes. Just like the popcorn center, this is not a visual activity (with noun pictures), so it’s great for word reading practice.
I hope you’ve enjoyed checking out these colorful, engaging, and hands-on activities, These 7 noun centers for teaching grammar are perfect for elementary students! They are the perfect addition to your Grammar lessons. These activities are ideal for parts of speech lessons, but also literacy centers or morning work. You can check them out here.
P.P.S. Interested in more grammar activities? Check out my color by codes here.