Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns refer to a state quality or feeling. They cannot be perceived by any of the five senses.  Here are five worksheets and printable designed to be used when you are introducing or exploring this concept.  Underneath each worksheet are activity ideas.

What are abstract nouns? Poster.

What are abstract Nouns?

Abstract nouns refer to a state, a quality or a feeling.  They cannot be perceived by any of the senses.

Law, calm, crime, beauty, sadness, sympathy, curiosity, dedication and disturbance are all abstract nouns.

Students can color in and A4 version of this abstract noun poster and glue it in their workbooks or it can be printed in A3 size and used in writing areas or english rotation activities.

Circle the Abstract Nouns in the Picture Worksheet

This printable worksheet has the following tasks.  Can you find the answers?

1. Circle the abstract nouns hidden in the ship.  Watch out - there are concrete nouns hidden in there as well.

2. Choose one of the abstract nouns and use it in a sentence.

3. Unscramble the abstract nouns.

4. Write the opposite for each abstract noun.

5. Finish these sentences.

To extend on the worksheet:

1.  Write some scrambled abstract nouns on the board.  If after awhile, your students find them too difficult write the first two letters of the word underneath.  Keep adding letters as time passes.

2. Use a coloring page (there are plenty on this site - look on the left for links under the heading themes) and ask your student to write abstract nouns in the picture that relate to it.  

Color in the Abstract Nouns

Use this fun coloring worksheet activity with your students.

Give them time to slow down and explore these abstract noun examples - dream, freedom, worry, happiness, rules, holiday, escape, memory, idea and work.

Print it out in A3 size for a handy writing area poster or resource.

If you want to extend on this, ask your students to choose one of the words and create a poster.  The poster could include the word, a description of its meaning and the comment that this is an abstract noun. This activity works well as a small group activity - 2 or 3 students can work together to create a poster.  There are 10 words on the sheet so this would work for a class or 30 or less students.

Alphabetical Order Abstract Nouns Worksheet

Need more practice?

Cut out the abstract noun examples in the worksheet (joy, grace, shame, anger, beauty, trouble, manners, confusion) and glue them in alphabetical order ( a-z) in your workbook.

Leave two lines between each word.  Write out the meaning of each word underneath.  Use a dictionary if you need to.

Print in A3 for a handy abstract noun list for your classroom or a small group activity.

Color the Abstract Nouns Worksheet

This worksheet asks students to identify, use and think of their own abstract nouns.

To extend on it, ask your students to open any book (fiction works best) and find one or more abstract nouns in it.

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