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Capital Letters

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Capital Letters


By the end of the activity pupils will be able to:

·     identify common and proper nouns.

Target Language:

Common and proper nouns

Time needed for preparation:

10 minutes

Time needed in class:

50 minutes


Year 3

Language Focus:


Activity Use:


Pupil Task:

Pair Work

Which learning institute:



Worksheet (A4)

Procedure before class:

1.       Make up a simple story and copy it for each pupil. 
2.       In the story write the proper nouns using lowercase letters.  Make the story simple and geared towards the class’s interests and use the students’ names in the story to increase their engagement and interest.


Procedure in class:

1.       Explain what common and proper nouns are and which nouns begin with a capital letter and give examples, for example Wisma Bapa Malaysia, Peter, John, Sarawak, Sabah.
2.       Read the text from the worksheet.
3.       Underline the proper nouns with red pen and change the small letters to capital letters.
4.       Underline the common nouns with a blue pen.
5.       Discuss the answers.
6.       Fill in the two boxes with common and proper nouns in their respective column using blue pen for the common nouns and red pen for proper nouns.

Follow Up:

In pairs pupils ask each other the proper nouns and common nouns they know:

Proper nouns- buildings- Wisma Bapa Malaysia

                          person – John, Peter...

                          country – Malaysia...

Common nouns – occupations – teacher, doctor.


                                people – auntie, uncle


Advanced pupils can identify common and proper nouns from a list of words. The proper nouns must be written in small letters and the pupils can change them to capital letters.


Weaker pupils can use a list of proper nouns only written in small letters and the pupils can change them to capital letters.


Paste the work of the pupils on the wall for them to read.