Common and Proper Nouns Worksheets, Definitions, and Examples

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Welcome to our common and proper noun worksheets! Students typically start learning about common and proper nouns in the early elementary grades, around first or second grade. We’ve included some great resources below to help.

Students learn that a noun is a word that names a person, place, thing, or idea. A common noun is a general name for a person, place, thing, or idea, such as “toy,” “car,” or “rabbit.” On the other hand, a proper noun is the specific name of a person, place, thing, or idea, such as “New Jersey,” “Jenna Roberts,” or “The Mona Lisa.”

It’s important for students to understand the difference between common and proper nouns. For example, proper nouns are always capitalized, while common nouns are not. Proper nouns are used to identify specific people, places, or things, while common nouns refer to general categories.

We’ve included a variety of printable common and proper noun worksheets below to help your child or student understand more about common and proper nouns.

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