These abstract nouns resources are designed to be used when you are introducing the concept.  There is a handy definition poster, a reference list and 3 worksheets.

Activity Idea

Introduce this subject by giving your  class a riddle. What can't be touched, smelt, heard, seen, or tasted?  The answer is any idea or concept. 

Get your students to brainstorm specific ideas or concepts and write them on the board.  When they are done give them a copy of the list of 100 below.  They can add any new words that the class thought of to this list.

If they paste this into a workbook it can be used as a handy reference when writing stories.

Activity Ideas

Write an alphabetical list, one word for each letter of the alphabet.  Words can be sourced from anywhere: memory, discussions, this list or a dictionary.

For more of a challenge write a backwards alphabetical list.  Start at Z and work your way up to A.

For something a bit different, find a word for each letter of your first, middle and last name.

If you have limited time find a word for each letter of your first name.

Activity Ideas

Choose any subject and write 3 abstract nouns that relate to it. 

For clowns you  could write happiness, jokes and  stunts.  For graveyard you could write death, sadness and grief.  For food you could write hungry, full and satisfaction.

To go deeper, paint a picture of something that you have done: playing at the beach, walking through a forest, reading a book, opening presents.  In black marker, write related  words on strips of paper and glue them all around the picture.

Activity Ideas

1. Talk to a friend and use one of the words in your list in a sentence.

2. Write a sentence and use two.

3. Draw an illustration for the sentence.

4. Make a poster explaining what they are.

5. Make a class collection, fill up a door, window or notice board with colored rectangles that have words written on them.  If there is no room left anywhere, cover a large box in rectangles.

Activity Idea

Play charades with these words.  A student acts out one of the words and the class must guess which word it is.

If the class is enjoying this activity you can explore it further.  Ask each student to write a word on a piece of paper.  All the words are put in a container and then used for the game. 

Older students can write a whole sentence to be put in the container and two or three students can act it out.  The girls were disappointed when their ball went over the fence.

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