Nouns (exercises, PDFs, and slide show)

Teaching Resources for Nouns

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On this page, you will find a "spot the word" exercise featuring 8 classic texts, some handy one-page pdfs related to nouns, and an interactive slide show that summarizes our main lesson on nouns. These are resources to help you master or teach nouns.

Remember that nouns are words that represent people, places, or things. You might find it helpful to think of nouns as "naming words."

Table of Contents

  • "Spot the Word" Exercise
  • Download PDF Files on Nouns
  • Interactive Slide Show on Nouns
  • Test Time!

"Spot the Word" Exercise

The text below is the story of [Oops].

It contains [Oops] [Oops]. Can you find [Oops]?

Change the text:

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Click on the [Oops]

You have found:




Download PDF Files on Nouns

Here are some useful one-page PDF handouts on nouns:
pdf handout on nouns
A summary of the nouns lesson
  • a definition of "noun"
  • the main noun categories
pdf handout on top 50 nouns
A list of the top 50 nouns in English
  • water, food, mother, father, house, car, dog, cat, money, morning, night, afternoon, brother, sister, bed, kitchen, restaurant, bird, tree, flower, animal, mobile phone, sun, moon, sea, river, weather, eyes, ears, hair, shoes, bag, train, bus, knife, fork, spoon, breakfast, dinner, bread, fruit, vegetables, meat, drink, town, village, toilet, weekend, doctor, policeman
pdf handout proper and common nouns
A summary of common nouns and proper nouns
  • a definition of "common noun" with examples
  • a definition of "proper noun" with examples
pdf handout types of noun
A summary of the main types of noun
  • common, proper, concrete, abstract, countable, non-countable, collective, compound, gerund

Interactive Slide Show on Nouns

Here is a slide show that summarizes the lesson on nouns. The slide show has 6 slides, which you can see below. It can be played with the sound on or – if you prefer your own voice and timings – with the sound off.
Nouns are words that represent people, places, or things.
You might find it helpful to think of nouns as "naming words."
Here are some examples of nouns:
soldier, Alan, cousin, lawyer
house, London, factory, shelter
table, shark, kindness, joy
Nouns with capital letters are called proper nouns.
Michael, London, Dexter
Nouns without capital letters are called common nouns.
boy, city, dog
Let's concentrate on nouns that name things.
table, house, London Bridge, oxygen, week, mile
dog, rat, shark, Mickey Mouse
ideas or concepts
(abstract nouns)
anger, kindness, faith, Theory of Relativity, joy
There are lots of categories for nouns.
common nouns
(These are the words that appear in the dictionary.)
proper nouns
(These are personal names, unique names, or titles. They have capital letters.)
abstract nouns
(These are things you cannot see or touch.)
concrete nouns
(These are things you can see or touch.)
Here are some more categories for nouns.
countable nouns
(These nouns have plural forms.)
examples: teacher (teachers), town (towns), ball (balls)
non-countable nouns
(These nouns do not have plurals.)
examples: rice, oxygen, dust
collective nouns
(These represent groups.)
examples: team (of players), flock (of birds), pack (of wolves)
compound nouns
(These are made up of two or more words.)
examples: snowman, bus stop, ice-cream
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