Noun Games for the Classroom

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Certain noun games are great when starting from a very early age, like the first or second grade. Learn about noun games for the classroom with help from an experienced teacher in this free video clip.

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Hi, my name is Cristina Guitierrez-Brewster. I'm an English teacher, and today I'll be discussing with you how to create noun games for the classroom. Now, these particular noun games you want to start from a very early age, first, second grade, but you can probably build them up to accommodate older students, as well. The first game that my students like to play is the ABC nouns game. And the ABC nouns game involves a little preparation beforehand, but it is very worthwhile. What you want to do is on two stacks of note cards is have on one stack the letters A-Z written. In the second stack of note cards, you want to have the words person, place, thing, or idea, on individual cards. So one card, for instance, will say "place" when they pick it up. Another card will say "idea" when they pick it up. These letters, make sure that the A-Z are in separate stack. The second thing you want to do in this game when you're playing is assign groups/teams to go up and to pick two cards. So, one team member/captain will pick one letter from the A-Z pile and another one from the person, place, thing, or idea pile. It is then their responsibility, and the competitive part of it, where they have to think of a person, or person, place, thing, or idea that starts with that letter. This can become very fast-paced, but make sure you give an example beforehand. So, walk over to the note card and pull out place, and pull out the letter "p", and then they have to say, "Ok, p-I need to think of a place with p, Paris." Ding! And it can go on to the next group. Pretty fun and gets them pretty active. The second noun game you can play is called Globe Trotter. Now, Globe Trotter, you want to have an inflatable ball, preferably an inflatable globe, which is passed around to each of the students who are standing around in a circle. And in Globe Trotter, the person that catches the globe has to shout out one noun that is a person, place, thing, or usually, a person, place, or thing only. Ideas are hard to do with the globe--that is existing on that globe that they see. What do they see? Austria. What is an animal that would be in Australia? Kangaroo. And then you can pass it to somebody else. Also another fun activity you can do. The third game you can play is called "Longest List". And this is where you ask students to have a sheet of paper ready, and then on that sheet, categorize it. So, person, place, thing, or idea. It is then their job to go through and see who could come up with the most nouns for a person, the most nouns that would fall under the category of a place, the most for thing, and so on, and so on. So, what this is, you can do this as an individual activity or as a group activity. Once again, it has that spirit of competition that gets students a little bit more into the activity, but overall still a fun game. Once again, those were a few games that you can play to teach nouns in the classroom. My name is Cristina Guitierrez-Brewster.


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