Collective Noun Farm
Students will be able to identify collective nouns and distinguish them from other types of nouns.
- 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.
- 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.