November 5, 2015
by Molly Stahl
Lesson Plan:

Collective Noun Farm

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

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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