Nouns and Verbs


Build a scene and write about it to demonstrate the correct use of nouns and verbs
Grades 4-6

Of the eight parts of speech, nouns and verbs are the two parts that are essential to every complete sentence. As the building blocks for sentences, a clear understanding of nouns and verbs is necessary before modifiers or other parts of speech can be understood.

A noun is a word that describes a person, place, thing, or idea. A verb is a word that expresses an action or state of being. In sentences, a noun is the subject of the action of the verb. Nouns may also serve as objects of verbs and as objects of prepositions. Simple sentences can be made using just a noun and a verb. More sophisticated (and interesting) sentences will also include modifiers, prepositions, conjunctions, and/or interjections.

Students will need paper and pencil for their writing activity. They may want to be able to print out their scenes before writing about them.

The teacher provides simple definitions of nouns and verbs, followed by examples.

Students are asked to point out the nouns and verbs in simple sentences as part of a classroom discussion.

Students use the Blocks to build a scene of their choosing.

Students write a paragraph to describe the scene. In order to include a variety of verbs, students might be asked to also describe what led up to the scene or what is about to happen in the scene.

Students are evaluated on their correct use of nouns and verbs, as well as correct noun/verb agreement. Students should be able to identify the nouns and verbs in all of their sentences.

The teacher may ask students to label other parts of speech in their sentences, such as prepositions, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, conjunctions, and interjections.

Students use the Blocks to develop a series of scenes; they then write a story about the series. Students should be able to identify the nouns and verbs throughout; some discussion may center on the tenses of the verbs across the progression of the story.

Each student uses the Blocks to create a scene, all of which are printed out. Students then exchange scenes and write stories about each other's scenes. Evaluation of noun and verb use is the same.

To emphasize a greater understanding of verbs and verb forms, students select only one or two items from the Blocks objects menu. They then use the Move tool to cause the objects to stretch, lower, duplicate, etc. Students write sentences about the movements using future, present, and past verb forms.

Students list the nouns in their stories and classify them according to whether each noun names a person, place, thing, or idea.

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