Abstract nouns refer to a state quality or feeling. They cannot be perceived by any of the five senses. Here are four worksheets designed to be used when you are introducing or exploring this concept. Underneath each worksheet are activity ideas.
With the classes help write some more abstract nouns on the board. Ask students to talk about or write down abstract nouns with the opposite meanings.
Act out the abstract nouns on the board. Invite a student to come up to the front of the class and act out one of the words on the board. Ask them not to tell anyone what word they have chosen. Can the class pick which word it is? When they do cross off that word and invite another student up to act out another abstract noun.
Color in the words and glue them into your workbook.
Cut the words out and hand one to each student. There are eleven words on the page. Ask your students to write a sentence on a piece of A4 paper using that word. These sentences can be put in a their workbooks or in classroom display.
Ask your students to write the sentence in a speech bubble. Cut speech bubble shapes out of A4 paper. Then ask your students to draw an A4 sized picture of themself and cut it out. The drawings and speech bubbles could then be put on the classroom wall to make a great display. Don't forget to put a title on top like "Using Abstract Nouns in Sentences"
Color in the abstract nouns, cut them out and then glue them into your workbook in alphabetical order.
Write the word "abstract" vertically. Write abstract nouns that start with each letter of the word abstract.
Print the sheet in A3 and give one word to each student. These could go to the early finishers. Put these words in alphabetical order on the classroom wall or door.
Write 4 columns on the board. Head each column with a letter. Ask students to come up with ideas for abstract nouns that start with those letters (four or five). Ask them to write these nouns in their workbooks (in alphabetical order) or add them to their own abstract noun list.
Write 3 headings on the board: Feelings, Ideas, and Qualities. Challenge your students to list abstract nouns under each heading.
This works especially well with small groups competing against each other - give them 30 minutes and a large poster size sheet of paper to write the lists on. Start with two or three words under each heading to get them started.
Many abstract nouns refer to feelings. Challenge your students to think of similes for happiness and unhappiness. Let them think of the words on their own for a few minutes and then let them look in a thesaurus.
They should come up with words like joy, delight, satisfaction, excitement, cheerfulness, enjoyment, contentment, glee, and laughter for happiness and sadness, disappointment, misery, sorrow, depression and gloom for unhappiness.