With possessive noun worksheets, you can teach your students a lot about how to use possessive nouns correctly. You can make some yourself, modify ones that you like, or even print out many online. There are also games and quizzes your students can play at home on their own computer to practice using possessive nouns correctly. Read on to learn more about possessive noun worksheets and how they can help your students learn more about possessive nouns.
Don’t forget: possessive nouns are actually adjectives! This concept usually confuses students, because words they are used to seeing as nouns are now not functioning in the same way. Explain it simply to them, showing them that these changed nouns are actually describing the relationship of a noun to something else. Because they are describing words now (instead of a person, place, thing, or idea) they are now adjectives.
You can recognize a possessive noun by its special ending: it is followed by an apostrophe and an "s." Here are a few examples in some sentences:
Students often confuse these with plural nouns because they sound the same; however, that these two types of words have very different functions.
Teachers have always dealt with lazy students. However, the problem is really noticeable in the English classroom when students get lazy about using apostrophes. Sometimes, students know the difference between plural nouns and possessive nouns, but they are simply too lazy to write an apostrophe. Make sure to grade students down every time they do this so that they learn their lesson.
Here is a list of sentences with an option for circling the correct word. Have your students choose between possessive nouns and plural nouns and circle the right answer. Add more example sentences to the list if you wish. Another option is to have the student take the incorrect answer and make a new sentence that uses that option correctly.
You might notice a few tricky options in there for your students to choose between. Correct their work, and see if you can notice any problems or patterns that they continue to make.
There are a lot of resources available online to help you augment your lesson plan and teach about possessive nouns using worksheets.
Links to good quality worksheets include:
Ask your colleagues to share any particularly helpful possessive noun worksheet websites or materials that they come across – by collaborating, you might find new ways to teach your students about possessive nouns.