Monday, April 30, 2012
Noun, Day 5: Concrete vs. Abstract Nouns
Today the boys received the traditional presentation on concrete versus abstract nouns. After reviewing the concept that "nouns are naming words", we started by labeling objects in the classroom.
I made a bunch blank noun labels and laminated them so they could be used for multiple activities (common vs. proper, person/place/thing, etc.,). I wrote on them today with a dry erase marker. This didn't work well because the words rubbed off as the boys handled them. In the past I have used overhead markers instead and with much more success.
After the boys had read a few labels and matched them to objects, I wrote the names of some other nouns such as "sweetness", "friendship", and "hope." I had quite a good laugh watching them wander around the room perplexed trying to match these nouns to an object. They looked just like the older men in my life typically do when they can't find something around the house...a frowning face accompanied by alternating head and butt scratching as well as a distinctively sporadic and sputtering traffic pattern.
When they finally decided that there was nothing to match the label to we confirmed that these words were indeed names and did indeed exist...at which point Kal-El tried to stick "friendship" on top of my head because "we are friends."
This is the point at which you get to say, "Names are given to everything, every place, every object, every person, every thought, and every emotion. All of these names are nouns. Names are even given to those things which cannot be touched. Naming words which cannot be touched are also nouns. We call nouns that cannot be touched abstract nouns. Nouns that can be touched are called concrete nouns."
I wrote "abstract nouns" and "concrete nouns" on top of some larger, laminated labels that I had also prepared for repeated and varied use. You can see I added primitive drawings to the labels to help Me Too along. Then, I wrote a few more concrete and abstract nouns on the labels and mixed them altogether. They took turns reading the labels and deciding which column it belonged to.
To wrap it up, I asked them both to think of a few more abstract nouns. Kal-El came up with "love", (a) "fight", and "quiet" (as in "listen to the..."). Me Too came up with "yuckiness." Kal-El wrote his words in his language binder and labeled them with a black triangle to indicate that they are nouns.
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