Abstract Nouns

5th - 7th

Learners recognize concrete and abstract nouns. They practice categorizing concrete and abstract nouns during a scavenger hunt and by drawing a symbol of an abstract noun.

Resource Details

Instructional Design
45 mins

Nouns Worksheet

In this noun review worksheet, learners respond to 25 questions that require them to classify nouns as concrete, abstract, collective, singular, or plural.

A Wizard of Earthsea: Symbols

Decipher the symbolism present in Ursula K. Le Guin's novel A Wizard of Earthsea through discussion and composition. Pupils first consider Le Guin's reversal of stereotypes and look at Ged as a hero. They then note down three symbols and explain their significance. An option for increasing the difficulty of the writing assignment is included, as is a homework assignment to keep class members on track with the reading.

Abstract Nouns and Concrete Nouns

In this abstract and concrete nouns worksheet, students underline concrete and circle abstract nouns in sentences and list 3 nouns for each. Students complete 13 problems.

Concrete and Abstract Nouns Coloring

Use a noun coloring worksheet to have your students read 60 nouns, each in their own rectangle. They will then color rectangles with concrete nouns yellow and the rectangles with abstract nouns blue. Note: This does not include an answer key, but would be easy to create one.

Kinds of Nouns

Here’s a presentation that could be used to introduce your class members to nouns, or as a review of this part of speech. Definitions of the various types (common, proper, concrete, abstract, collective, and compound) are followed by examples of each type. Consider following the presentation with an activity that asks viewers to demonstrate their understanding by crafting their own examples.

Packing Nouns

Play a noun game with your class. Put a suitcase in the middle of the room and have each class member, in turn, name a noun that begins with a specified letter of the alphabet. To ramp up the challenge, assign concrete, abstract, proper, or common nouns.

Abstract and Concrete Nouns

There is no way your class won't understand the differences between abstract and concrete nouns after watching this super cute video. They'll see first hand that love is abstract but hands are concrete, happiness is abstract while a ring is concrete. With a relationship theme and engaging examples, kids will love (abstract) this video (concrete)!

EZ School: Noun Worksheet

For this noun grammar worksheet, students determine whether or not the underlined word in each sentence is a noun or not. If the word is a noun, the student circles "yes". If the word is not a noun, the student circles "no". There is an example provided on the worksheet.

When is a Noun a Verb? Examining Double Duty Words 

Act and act, address and address...there are so many words in our dictionary that can function as nouns or verbs. Start this lesson plan by having your class list as many as they possibly can. When an adequate list presents itself, have your class members write sentences with a couple of them, using them as both a verb and a noun. From here, kids can read the attached article about Google, answering the five presented questions, or complete some of the activities detailed. A superb language study. 

Nouns: An Overview

Read through a straightforward lesson about nouns -- including common and proper nouns, concrete and abstract nouns, and gerunds -- then assess your own understanding with a test at the end. Returning to the text to check your answers necessitates rereading and requires intrinsic motivation. From the grammar site EnglishCramSchool.com.

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