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1st Grade Common and Proper Noun Worksheets

1st grade noun practice worksheet

Greetings, teachers, and parents!
Today, I am excited to share some fantastic resources for Grade 1  that will help our young learners master the skill of using common and proper nouns. As we dive into the world of nouns, we’ll explore interactive and printable sheets from the digital interactive library of Workybooks. These resources are not only perfect for classroom activities but can also be used for homeschooling or summer practice.

Understanding CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.b:

The Common Core State Standards for English Language Arts in grade 1 (CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.1.1.b) focuses on developing students’ ability to use common, proper, and possessive nouns correctly. This skill is crucial for effective communication and writing. Mastering nouns can help students express ideas, describe people, places, things, and demonstrate a deeper understanding of language structure.

Defining Common and Proper Nouns:

Common nouns are words used to name general people, places, things, or ideas. They do not require capitalization unless they begin a sentence.

Examples of Common Nouns Include:

  • Person: teacher, friend, baby
  • Place: city, park, school
  • Thing: book, car, toy
  • Animal: dog, cat, bird
  • Idea: love, happiness, courage

Proper nouns, on the other hand, are specific names of people, places, things, or ideas. They always begin with a capital letter.

Examples of Proper Nouns Include:

  • Person: Mary, John, Mr. Smith
  • Place: New York, Central Park, Evergreen Elementary School
  • Thing: PlayStation, Lego, Crayola
  • Brand names: Nike, Apple, Coca-Cola
  • Days and Months: Monday, January, Christmas

Challenges in Learning Common and Proper Nouns:

While common and proper nouns may seem simple to us, young learners often face specific challenges when it comes to mastering these concepts. One common difficulty is distinguishing between common and proper nouns. Recognizing proper nouns can be difficult for children because they often refer to specific people, places, or things. Students may struggle to understand that proper nouns are capitalized, unlike common nouns. For example, differentiating between ‘dog’ (common noun) and ‘Buddy’ (proper noun) can be a challenge.

Category Common Noun Proper Noun
Person teacher Mrs. Benedict
Place school Mt. Carmel High School
thing toy Scrabble
car car Tesla
river river Hudson River
park park Yellowstone National Park

Furthermore, understanding the rules of capitalization related to common and proper nouns can be challenging from a child’s perspective. To address these challenges, it’s important to provide clear explanations and engaging activities that allow students to practice in a meaningful way. The interactive nature of the worksheets from WorkyBooks helps make learning enjoyable and effective.

Here are Common vs Proper Noun Worksheets from Grade 1 Students

1. Worksheet: Common and Proper Nouns with Dinosaurs

Who said learning couldn’t be fun? This worksheet takes a unique approach to understanding possessive nouns. Students get to help dinosaurs find their correct caves by sorting them based on whether they have proper or common nouns. As they guide the dinosaurs to their rightful places, students will develop a clear distinction between proper and common nouns. This interactive activity brings a sense of adventure into the classroom, making learning both educational and enjoyable.


As a bonus, this worksheet features a dinosaur theme that is sure to capture the attention of our young learners. Encourage them to imagine themselves in a prehistoric world while they master the art of using possessive nouns correctly.


2. Worksheet: Common VS Proper Nouns

Dive into the underwater adventure of common vs proper nouns with your students!


In this activity, students will embark on an exciting underwater adventure filled with intriguing sentences. Each sentence contains an underlined noun, and students must determine whether it is a common noun or a proper noun. To showcase their understanding, students will write either “C” or “P” in the provided space next to each sentence.

Similar printable nouns worksheets on Possessive Nouns

Discover our wide range of noun worksheets, covering nouns as individuals, locations, and objects, as well as plural, irregular, collective, and abstract nouns by clicking here.

Neha Goel Tripathi, PhD

Accomplished sustainability educationist with over 20 years of experience in city planning, architecture and teaching. Experienced in research and consultancy on various projects covering climate change, sustainability, eco-sensitive zones, and smart cities. Passionate educator currently working on innovating climate change curriculum for K-12 students. I am driven to nurture students' critical thinking and awareness on environmental sustainability.

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