Abstract nouns

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Abstract nouns

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Not all nouns are the same. Some nouns, such as "pencil" or "dog," are what's known as concrete nouns, since they refer to real and specifics object that you can see, hear, smell, taste, or touch.

In contrast, abstract nouns refer to something like an idea, experience, or concept—something that you can't hold in your hand. Abstract nouns help students expand their communication skills because they can begin to verbalize concepts that are subjective and personal to them.

This lesson gives students a variety of nouns and asks them to determine whether they are concrete or abstract.



Learning objective

Students will be able to use abstract nouns.


Students will review and name examples of nouns. Explain the difference between concrete and abstract nouns. Students will sort and distinguish between concrete nouns (e.g., "frog") and abstract nouns (e.g., "fear").


Students will identify abstract nouns. They will ask themselves, "Can I touch feel, smell, taste, or hear it?" They will also read sentences and determine whether the bolded words are abstract nouns. They will then complete sentences with the correct abstract nouns.


Review abstract nouns with 9 multiple-choice questions and 2 true/false questions.


Students will complete an activity that involves spinners and abstract nouns.

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