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Using Mad Libs® in the Classroom: Nouns (Gr. 1-3)

Hold a Noun Hunt, make up a riddle for a noun, show how to make rebus puzzles, and provide practice in forming singular and plural nouns.
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Nouns (Gr. 1-3)

Use the Mad Libs ® books to supplement your lower elementary teachings about nouns with these activities for use with Mad Libs®. Use the Mad Libs® books in your classroom, or allow your students to enjoy Mad Libs® online! Review that nouns, or naming words, name people, places, and things. Give examples in each category. Then have children find other examples in the classroom. Record these on a word wall and post it for reference.
Noun Hunt
Have children hunt for nouns in a Mad Libs® word list and its accompanying story. Challenge them to find at least two examples that name people, places, and things. If the story and word list do not contain words in a category, have them list other examples that might fit the story.
Guess My Noun!
Model how to make up a riddle for a noun in a Mad Libs® word list. The clues can focus on word meaning, phonetic elements in the word, syllabication, or other skills you wish to emphasize. After children write their own riddle, have them exchange it with a partner.
Compound Word Rebus Puzzle
Many Mad Libs® word lists contain compounds. After reviewing how a compound is formed, show children how to make rebus puzzles to share with a partner.
Noun Magic!
Review rules for forming plurals by adding -s and -es. Then give children a mix of singular and plural nouns from a Mad Libs® word list or story. Challenge them to transform the nouns that name one into nouns that name more than one, and vice versa. Children can also do singular/plural word sorts by copying nouns on cards and sorting them into bags labeled One and More Than One.

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