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All About Nouns
All About Nouns
Lesson Plan
All About Nouns
This lesson incorporates different learning styles to help students get a firm grasp of what a noun is and its function. It even highlights the important tie between grammar and writing.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Parts of Speech
Parts of Speech
Workbook
Parts of Speech
Knowing your parts of speech is an important part of learning good writing skills. Learn the ins and outs of words with this packet that covers the eight different parts of speech.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Workbook
Nouns
Nouns
Guided Lesson
Nouns
Understanding the function of nouns is a crucial part of reading and writing fluency. This guided lesson focuses on the types of nouns kids are most likely to come across in third grade texts. Designed by our curriculum experts, the lesson provides grammar instruction and examples to support learning. For more practice, see the nouns worksheets recommended to go along with this lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Guided Lesson
Identifying Abstract Nouns
Identifying Abstract Nouns
Worksheet
Identifying Abstract Nouns
This worksheet provides 10 sentences with abstract nouns. Students will read each sentence and circle any abstract nouns they identify.
5th grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns
Abstract Nouns
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns
Nouns can be people, places or things, but what about nouns that you can't see or touch? Help your little one master her abstract nouns with this fun series.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
What Are Abstract Nouns?
What Are Abstract Nouns?
Worksheet
What Are Abstract Nouns?
This worksheet will have young writers identify both abstract and concrete nouns and place them in the correct columns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns for Kids
Abstract Nouns for Kids
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns for Kids
In this worksheet, students practice noticing the difference between concrete and abstract nouns through a series of practice sentences.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns
Abstract Nouns
Exercise
Abstract Nouns
Teach students the importance of abstract nouns, or things you can't actually see or touch, and how to incorporate them into writing to demonstrate the correct tone.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Exercise
Abstract Nouns Practice
Abstract Nouns Practice
Worksheet
Abstract Nouns Practice
This worksheet will help young writers get creative with abstract nouns and learn how they differ from concrete nouns.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet
Interacting With Plural Nouns
Interacting With Plural Nouns
Lesson Plan
Interacting With Plural Nouns
What's the difference between regular and irregular plural nouns? Your students will enjoy finding out via some fun writing exercises in this comprehensive lesson.
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Lesson Plan
Nouns as Verbs
Nouns as Verbs
Worksheet
Nouns as Verbs
Kids will flex their vocabulary muscles to practice using certain nouns as verbs. How do meanings differ when some words are used as different parts of speech
3rd grade
Reading & Writing
Worksheet

Abstract Nouns

Abstract nouns are not concrete things. They are not as easy to detect and understand by young learners, because they are not something that can be seen, heard, touched, smelled, or tasted. Common categories for abstract nouns include emotions, feelings, ideals, ideas, qualities, states, and events. To help students learn more about how to identify and use abstract nouns, use the Education.com worksheets below.

Learn More About Abstract Nouns

The common distinction between a concrete and abstract noun is that a concrete noun can be experienced through one of the five senses: touch, sight, hearing, smell, or taste.

Students may find abstract nouns confusing at first, but as with many concepts in English, practice and repetition will help commit them to memory. Just as with irregular verbs, grouping abstract nouns into categories is a useful practice. The following are several abstract nouns grouped by category, but this is certainly not an exhaustive list:

EmotionsIdeasQualitiesStates
HappinessCuriosityPositiveOpenness
LoveWisdomGenerosityPeace
HateBeliefsDeterminationMisery
SadnessSacrificeTrustNervousness

It is worth instructing students that especially feelings and emotions-related abstract nouns can crossover between both categories.

One shortcut to give students to help quickly identify abstract nouns: concrete nouns can be modified to form an abstract noun. An easy way to spot an abstract noun is to recognize suffixes such as: -tion, -ism, -ity, -ance, -ship, -ability, -acy, and more.

By adding a suffix, and sometimes changing the root a little, students can create common abstract nouns out of common concrete nouns. Examples include:
  • -ism: patriot → patriotism
  • -ship: friend → friendship
  • -acy: democrat → democracy
The Education.com worksheets and exercises above are designed to shine a light on abstract nouns, bringing greater understanding to your students. With practice, students will understand that they already know many abstract nouns by their concrete form.