Collective nouns are names for a collection or a number of people, places, animals, or things. Words like crowd, mob, archipelago, cluster, herd, flock, etc. are some examples of these nouns. These nouns can be singular in form even though they refer to a group of things.
Example: There is a bunch of keys on the table. Here a bunch of keys is being referred to as singular since it is a single bunch we are referring to.
Groups of people – band, choir, army, mob, crowd, audience, etc.
Example of a group of animals – school, troop, swarm, herd, flock, colony, leap, memory, tower, dazzle, etc.
Groups of things – bunch, bundle, chest, string, etc.
The above sheet is a collective nouns list which can be a useful read for children as well as adults. It is a mix of nouns for people, animals, and things.
I print this collective nouns list for each child in the class and we read it together before moving on to the worksheets. This list is fun and will take your child’s imagination to another level. Imagine knowing that a group of monkeys is called a troop and a group of giraffes is called a tower.
I have prepared a collective nouns anchor chart and lots of task cards which makes for an interesting activity.
The first is an interesting cut and paste picture sort worksheet. Color the pictures and cut them. Then read the phrase and paste these noun pictures next to the collective noun it relates to.
a clutch of eggs
a dazzle of zebras
a bunch of keys
a tower of giraffes
a colony of ants
a pack of cards
a forest of trees
a string of beads
In the above worksheet, draw a line to match each collective noun to a noun it relates to.
The last collective nouns worksheet of this pack includes two exercises. Read the nouns in the word bank and complete the phrases.
What is the collective noun for monkeys? – a troop of monkeys.
In the next exercise, complete the sentences using the nouns from the above exercise.
This Pack of collective nouns list is a subscriber freebie.