- Second Grade
- 70 minutes
- Standards: L.2.1.A
What has a herd of cows, a float of crocodiles, and everything in between? This quirky reading lesson, that's what. Your students will love learning about collective nouns through music, literature, writing, and arts and crafts.
Students will be able to identify collective nouns and distinguish them from other types of nouns.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Activate student knowledge reviewing the concept of a noun.
- Ask them what types of nouns they know. Give some examples of your own: people, places, things, common, proper, singular, plural, etc.
- Introduce this lesson's main concept by writing "collective nouns" on a piece of chart paper.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Have students turn and talk with partners about the base word in collective.
- Ask them to think about what we have after collecting lots of things.
- Explain that collective nouns are special words for groups of people, animals, places, and things.
- Tell students they will watch a short video that contains examples of collective nouns. Challenge them to remember two examples from the video.
- Play the Fawn's Animal Group Song video.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- On the chart paper, make a list of examples students saw in the video.
- Next, introduce the book Herd of Cows, Flock of Sheep: Adventures in Collective Nouns by Rick Walton.
- When you are finished reading, ask students to add to the list on the collective nouns chart.
- Let them know that you're going to create a "flip up" picture of a farm using four collective nouns. Pick an animal for each of the following places on the farm: in the barn, around the pond, behind the fence, by the hay.
- Model an example using "herd of sheep."
- Using coloring tools and construction paper, draw a fence.
- Cut out some sheep from a Minnie's Farm Visit worksheet and paste them onto the fence.
- Cut out the sheep and fence and glue them onto a blank sheet of construction paper. Make sure to only glue the top portion of the cut-out so that it can flip up.
- Write "herd of sheep" underneath the picture.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Remind students that they'll be repeating your model four times, for four different collective nouns.
- Distribute construction paper, Minnie's Farm Visit worksheets, scissors, and coloring tools.
- Walk around the room and monitor students as they work, providing assistance when needed.
- Enrichment: Advanced students can be asked to include two collective nouns for each place on the farm.
- Support: Struggling students can be allowed to use the Collective Nouns reference sheet to find examples.
Assessment (15 minutes)
- Have students write 2-4 sentences about their collective noun farm.
- The sentences can be descriptive, narrative, or informative, but must include the collective nouns they used for their farm pictures.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Invite a few volunteers to share their farms and stories.
- Posit the question: Why do we use collective nouns? Allow students to share their responses.