Common and Proper Nouns

We've been working on CUPS for a while now, and I'm noticing some consistent errors my students are making. One that just bugs the snot out of me is something I call random acts of capitals. You know, when they just throw in a capital letter somewhere in the sentence - or worse, in the word! - just for the heck of it. So I decided that I would do a little lesson on common and proper nouns and get a little art in there at the same time. I'm all about killing 2 birds. (Not literally, of course!)

First we had a class discussion on proper and common nouns. We constructed definitions and recorded them in our writer's notebooks. Then we generated an anchor chart and added examples of each. Students made their own charts in their notebooks.

Then I whipped out this great book for a read aloud. The kids were really into into it. They loved noticing all the details in the illustrations, and the rhythm kept them engaged.

Next I had my kids draft their own page for a class book. Each one selected a letter of the alphabet to use. Some picked the first letter of their own name; others chose a letter that appealed to them in some way. They used a sentence frame that goes like this:

My name is Suzanne and my friend's name is Sherman. We come from San Antonio and we sell sandwiches. Suzanne is a seal and Sherman is a schnauzer.

(Daliene, I used your precious puppy as my example!)

In the book, the sentence says "my husband's name is . ..  ," but since I don't allow them to discuss boyfriend/girlfriend, there is no way we are using husband!

I made them color code their work like mine above. Proper nouns are written in red, and common nouns are written in blue, just to draw more attention to them.

Then they had to draw the 2 animals and the product they sell. 

Here are some finished creations.


Family Affair

I know I've been MIA from the blog for a while, so I thought I'd fill y'all in on where I've been and what I've been doing.

This post is completely non-educationally related, so if you're here just for teaching ideas, feel free to  move right on. I promise my feelings won't be hurt.

Last Friday, I left Texas to head to Alabama for my nephew's wedding. Kyle and his fiancee Nina had planned a New Year's Eve wedding in Tuscaloosa.

It was beautiful and I am so happy I could be there.

I got to spend time with my great niece and nephew. Aren't they cute?

The kids were in the wedding and they were so good! Made us proud!

 We had to take pictures before the wedding in order to take advantage of the light, since the actual wedding was outdoors. This is one of my favorites - Kyle seeing Nina in her dress for the very first time. Look at that big smile on his face! Sorry for the picture quality - I took it with my point and shoot in difficult lighting!

Here's the whole wedding party. The redhead next to the bride is my other nephew, Jeremy. The 2 cute kiddos pictured above are his.

And here is a picture of my sister Mary, her husband Al (being goofy), Kyle, and me before the wedding. Mary is decorated in stickers courtesy of her grandkids.


It was a wonderful trip and we are so lucky to have Nina join our family.

Thanks for making it through the pictures. Next time, an educationally relevant post, I promise!

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