teaching resource

Nouns Sorting Activity

Teach Starter Publishing
Google Slide, PDF | 8 pages | Grades: K - 1

Practice recognizing and using nouns by sorting 24 picture cards into categories.

Reinforce your Parts of Speech lessons with our nouns sorting activity! 

This resource can be used as a reading center activity, with your guided reading group, or as a whole class activity (see below) to practice recognizing and using nouns. 

To play, students will sort the picture cards by the type of noun

  • Person
  • Place
  • Thing
  • Animal

More Noun Sorting Activities + Scaffolding and Extension Tips

This resource can be used for individualized practice, especially if you’ve got fast finishers! You can also use this game to create full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, comprehension assessments, and more. 

Extend this game to challenge students who already understand the concept by putting the picture cards in alphabetical order.

Invite students to use a visual reminder of the types of nouns, such as a poster or anchor chart.

Memory Match

Bonus points for this version of the game as it helps students with their memorization skills! As a game for 2 players, students will shuffle the picture cards and lay them all face down. Each player takes their turn flipping 2 cards at a time until either finds 2 words that are people, places, things, or animals and sets the pair aside to keep score. 

Knock Off

Have your students stand up and make a line across the room. Project a picture card on the screen and use our Random Name Picker widget to draw a student’s name to answer. If the student correctly identifies the noun as a person, place, thing, or animal, they tap the person on their left or right to send them back to their seat. If the student answers the card incorrectly, they must sit out. Play continues until only 1 student is standing.

Choral Response

Show a card to the students and have them tell you whether it’s a person, place, thing, or animal using choral response.

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Before You Download

Use the drop-down icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. An answer key is also included with this download.

This resource was created by Lindsey Phillips, a teacher in Michigan and a Teach Starter Collaborator. 


Don’t stop here! We’ve got plenty more noun discovery resources to keep your students learning and playing: 

Image of Read and Color Worksheet - Singular and Plural Nouns

teaching resource

Read and Color Worksheet - Singular and Plural Nouns

A worksheet to practice identifying singular and plural nouns.

Teach Starter Publishing2 pagesGrades: K - 2
Image of This or That! PowerPoint Game - Singular and Plural Nouns

teaching resource

This or That! PowerPoint Game - Singular and Plural Nouns

An active PowerPoint game to practice working with singular and plural nouns.

Teach Starter Publishing31 pagesGrades: 1 - 2
Image of Nothing but Nouns Game

teaching resource

Nothing but Nouns Game

A game to practice working with common, proper, and collective nouns.

Teach Starter Publishing1 pageGrades: 1 - 3


Write a review to help other teachers and parents like yourself. If you'd like to request a change to this resource, or report an error, select the corresponding tab above.

Login to comment