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In my many years of teaching, I have consistently found that most visual learners struggle-in varying degrees- with concepts that are intangible. I find this to be especially true now that Common Core Standards are taking lower grades on a more rigorous academic journey which requires younger students to achieve a deeper understanding of more complex skills at a faster pace.
The perfect example of this can be seen in Common Core's introduction of abstract nouns at the third grade level. While the introduction of concrete nouns and abstract nouns has always been "explored" at this level, an expectation of complete mastery, particularly by younger students, wasn't really a "non-negotiable" objective, prior to Common Core.
However, when the academic bar is raised-combined with a lesson on abstract nouns that ended in an EPIC FAILURE--a teacher’s necessity (and determination to redeem one’s self) drives her to tap into the DEEP WRINKLES of her gray matter and pull out a more meaningful RESOURCE!
With that said, I developed this resource upon many (certainly not all) of the abstract nouns that a child would be familiar with based upon their own personal life experiences. In all, I have included FIFTY "visual representations" of abstract nouns that exist in familiar scenarios.
BOOM! MY STUDENTS MADE MEANINGFUL CONNECTIONS TO THE ABSTRACT NOUNS ASSOCIATED WITH THEIR PERSONAL LIFE EXPERIENCES!
Needless to say-as a teacher- you already know the complete EUPHORIA- that occurs when you teach the skill and your students actually GET IT!
While this resource does not take students as “deep” or as “rigorous” as the goal of Common Core Standards of mastery intends, it is certainly a resource that provides the “connection” all students must have to begin the process of understanding this skill!
I hope you experience good success with it, too!