I will never forget coming to observe one of my teacher friends, Miss Pressly, at a school where I had just been hired about two years ago. I was sitting to the side of the room and Miss Pressly was teaching on proper nouns. She mentioned a word and asked her class what kind of word it was. Immediately, the entire class put out their hands in a "oh honey, let me tell you what I heard about so-and-so" fashion and said, "Why, it's a proper noun, dahling!" in their most "proper" voice possible (with a little hint of Southern Drawl, of course). I about died.... It was hilarious! I was super impressed... not only because it was creative, but because ALL the kids knew what a proper noun was. Too funny! Miss Pressly had taught the kids that proper nouns were "proper" words, so they always needed a capital letter. I still use that trick to this day, actually, but I just made this proper noun game this week to further aid in my little ones' understanding of proper nouns.
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