Abstract Thinking Lesson Plan

Instructor: Artem Cheprasov

Artem has a doctor of veterinary medicine degree.

This lesson plan provides you with discussion topics and questions, a quiz, and an activity that will help your students better understand the concept of abstract thinking and how it delineates from concrete thinking.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students should be able to:

  • briefly define abstract and concrete reasoning
  • give examples of abstract and concrete reasoning
  • understand the various abstract reasoning skills


About 60 minutes


Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.SL.8.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 8 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.RI.8.2

Determine a central idea of a text and analyze its development over the course of the text, including its relationship to supporting ideas; provide an objective summary of the text.

Key Words

  • Abstract reasoning
  • Concrete reasoning

Warm Up

Begin by asking students some simple warm-up questions, allow 3-5 minutes for discussion:

  • Can someone give me an example of abstract reasoning?
  • Can someone give me an example of concrete reasoning?

Instructions & Discussion Questions

  • Write the key vocabulary on the board.
  • Pass out the lesson transcript handout and have the students read it in class and take notes, paying special attention to the key vocabulary.
  • Now play the video lesson Abstract Reasoning: Definition & Examples.
  • Pause at 1:19.
    • What does abstract reasoning mean?
    • Provide additional examples of each of the abstract reasoning skills for students so they can draw a real-world connection for each.
  • Pause at 2:10
    • What is concrete reasoning?
    • How do concrete thinkers reason?
    • Provide additional examples of concrete reasoning for students.
  • Play the rest of the lesson, answering any remaining questions.
  • Now, have the students take the lesson quiz in-class. Go over the questions and answers for added understanding and retention.


1. Each student needs to choose to do one of the following:

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