of Speech -
Making a "Noun" Book
Submitted: April 24, 2001
introduce this mini-project by reading Ruth Heller's book titled
Merry-Go-Round: A Book about Nouns. Discuss what kinds of words
are nouns (people, places, and things) as well as different categories
of nouns (common nouns, proper nouns, and collective nouns). Using
a sheet of 8 1/2 x 11 paper folded in half, have each student
create their own book of nouns using pictures cut out of magazines.
Label the first page as a title page and instruct students to
include a definition of nouns. On the inside of the folded sheet
of paper, label one side "examples of common nouns"
and the other side "examples of proper nouns." Finally
the back page should be labeled "examples of collective nouns."
Once students have their "book" labeled they should
look through old magazines and cut out at least 3 pictures for
each category, glue them on to the respective page, and label
As an extension to this activity, you can teach adjectives as
words that decribe nouns (color, size, shape, etc.). Either orally
or on paper, students can get with a partner to trade books and
think of two different words that might be used to describe each
picture of a noun in their partner's book.