Abstract Nouns List - Here are three designed to be used in the classroom. Underneath each list their are exercise ideas that you can use to explore abstract nouns more deeply.
fear, pain, speed, happiness, joy, wealth, beauty, law, rules, tenderness, fragility, love, friendship, pride, dream, fantasy, plan, goal, information, progress, council, ease, enchantment, membership, chance, democracy, reverence
Abstract Nouns List 1 Exercise Ideas:
1. Play with the words
Let your students play around with the words on the list by talking about the word meanings, acting out the words, creating sentences and grouping the words into categories.
A simple grouping activity idea is to divide a piece of paper into 3 and write the headings - positive, negative and neither. This is an open ended activity that will spark discussion. Is pride positive or negative? Is chance positive or negative? Thinking about specific abstract noun concepts will help your students link personal experiences with the words and develop their understanding of abstract nouns.
2. Doodle on the page
Encourage them to doodle on the page to create images that support and explain the meanings of each word. This is a great extension acivity for those students that finish quickly. Love could have a heart, speed could be a person with three lines behind them, fear could be a scared face. There is a star above the word fantasy to get them started.
3. Create a personal list
Give your students their own blank lined sheet. Ask them to scrunch it up and then flatten it out to create a textured page. They can then use this sheet to create their own list of abstract nouns. The list your students create can be glued into their books. They will then have their list of abstract nouns on hand for future writing activities. This can also be done on large paper as a small group activity.
4. Use in writing areas
The original list and the ones that your students create can also be printed in A3 size and used in a writing area or in rotating writing activites.
Students can write sentences using abstract nouns from the list, look for abstract nouns within a subject area (for example feelings), or create illustrations for an abstract noun.
Quick Look at all the Abstract Nouns on this List:
justice, bravery, happiness, fear, calm, belief, sorrow, coldness, childhood, clarity, stupidity, luxury, luck, freedom, right, generosity, friendship, goodness, movement, sleep, awareness, beauty, love, pleasure, wisdom, appetite, loneliness, joy, hatred, solitude, peace, failure, idea, talent, wit, thrill, honesty, dishonesty, fact, fiction, lie, truth, success, annoyance, wealth, poverty, riches, care, disregard, infancy, confusion, brilliance, slavery, kindness, nap, ability, thought, loss, gain, growth, company, anger, cleverness, envy, irritation, fashion, trend, generation, religion, philosophy, belief, clarity, talent, timing, rhythm, union, marriage, divorce, delay, advantage, argument, dream, goal, horror
Abstract Nouns List 2 Exercise Ideas:
1. Write the abstract nouns in alphabetical order
Write the abstract nouns in alphabetical order in your work book. If that is too big a task, write all the abstract nouns that start with the letter A or the first letter of your name.
2. Circle the words that you don't know the meaning of
Circle the words you don't know the meaning of and find their meaning in a dictionary or through a class discussion.
3. Choose one word and create a picture
Choose one word and create a picture or poster that explores its meaning.
Abstract Nouns on the list:
brutality - the quality of being cruel or savage
brilliance - a great brightness or obvious talent
chaos - a state of utter confusion or disorder
charity - something given to a person in need
despair - loss of hope
envy - an uncomfortable feeling of desire for another person's possessions
goodness - moral excellence
honor - integrity in ones beliefs or actions
leader - the directing head of a group
success - the accomplishment of ones goals
trust - confidence in the quality of a person or thing
victory - success achieved against an opponent or obstacle
Abstract Nouns List 3 Exercise Idea:
1. Write a short story
Use one of the words on this list to write a sentence about a person or animal.
Now use that sentence as the central focus to write a short one page story.
It may be helpful to start with a mind map to draw out some ideas.
Who is the sentence about?
What are they like? Where are they from? When did the story take place?
Why did the event in the sentence happen?
This could also work as a small group activity - students brainstorm an idea around a word and then each students writes their own version of the story.
Here is a fun abstract and concrete nouns video