Subject: ESL/ELL (English Language Learning)

Lesson Length: 30 - 40 mins

Topic: Concrete Nouns and Problem Solving

Grade Level: 4, 5

Standards / Framework:

Brief Description: Students will define and provide examples of nouns, identify various objects, and use appropriate nouns while writing to bring clarity to the audience.

Know Before You Start: Students should understand that concrete nouns are defined as a person, place, or thing. Students should have experience replacing nouns with the correct pronouns.


  • What are some common nouns around us?
  • Have students work to list as many concrete nouns as they can and group them by person, place, or thing.


  • Have students choose a noun from each category and circle it, e.g., person=girl, place=park, thing=phone.
  • Show students the sample comic and explain that every good story has a problem.
  • Have students brainstorm potential problems that could arise between their chosen nouns. Provide examples as needed.
  • Have students create a comic that includes a problem. Students should name the nouns within their comic and replace the noun with the correct pronoun when needed.


  • Have students share their comic with a partner or group.


  • Allow students to use the speech-to-text feature.
  • Allow students to use the voiceover feature to read their comics aloud.
  • Allow students to work in pairs.

  • Provide sentence stems as needed.

  • Provide the opportunity to role play the comics.


  • Comic to print or display: Comic.

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