Wisdom, Experience, Knowledge

Hi Everyone,

Today we did a review of concrete and abstract nouns. Concrete nouns can be detected by our five senses – you can see it; taste it; tough it; hear it; or smell it. We looked around the classroom and came up with plenty of examples of concrete nouns. Then we talked about abstract nouns which are nouns that name a quality, action or state, and can not be seen or touched. Some examples are kindness, childhood and growth. Abstract nouns can be formed from common nouns, verbs , and adjectives. Take a look at this table below:Image result for abstract nouns from adjectivesWe did this practice of converting adjectives to abstract nouns, here is the worksheet with the answers

Image result for wise old owlToday our conversation was about the abstract noun wisdom – what is wisdom and who is wise?                       We talked about experience, knowledge, intelligence, success and age as being important characteristics of wisdom.

Some people we consider wise are Mark Twain, Socrates, Mother Theresa, God, grandmothers, mothers, and scientists.

Then we watched this video “Wisdom” in which a look of well-known people from a wide range of fields talk about what wisdom means to them. As you watch you may want to follow along with the written quotes here 

After watching we discussed our favorite quotes and why we liked them. Then we talked about how we get from experience, knowledge, intelligence, and age to wisdom. Well, it seems that abstract nouns like decency, optimism, humanity, strength, goodness, bravery and patience, are a few that lead us to wisdom. We looked at a few quotes about wisdom and ended up with this one –Image result for wise old owl quotes


Words of the day

turtleneck (noun) : {U.S.} a shirt with a high collar that covers most of your neck                                   Lots of us wear a turtleneck in the winter to keep us warm, especially when we go skiing.

potluck (noun) : a meal to which everyone who is invited brings food to share                                  On New Year’s Day, we had an open house party and a potluck dinner.       

plug away (phrasal verb) : to continue doing something even though it is difficult or boring                                                                                        Many students who are studying a new language can get frustrated, but, they keep plugging away because they want to succeed. 

Remember to relax and practice!