Collective Nouns

A collective noun is a word that refers to a collection of people, animals, or things as a whole.

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In kindergarten, children may already be familiar with some common collective nouns, such as class and family. They can use those common nouns to orally construct sentences based on their own experiences.

Students will be introduced to many new nouns, including collective nouns, in each grade. Students at every grade level can have fun learning collective nouns for groups of animals (flock of birds, swarm of bees, herd of antelope).

Spelling practice for collective nouns, such as family, class, group, and team, can begin early in Grade 2. Word study of collective nouns should include constructing sentences that include collective nouns in both singular and plural form.

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Use collective nouns (e.g., group).

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Collective Nouns: audience, staff, team, orchestra, class, tribe, fleet, council, collection, family

Collective Nouns – Animals: herd, colony, pack, flock, litter, swarm, school, pride, gaggle, brood provides word lists, printables, and interactive games and activities that give students the opportunity to practice and master using collective nouns.

Try WhichWord? Sentences with the Grades 2-3 Collective Nouns list.