Collective Nouns Lesson Plan

Instructor: Maria Airth

Maria has a Doctorate of Education and over 15 years of experience teaching psychology and math related courses at the university level.

This lesson plan uses a beach ball to get your students up and actively learning about collective nouns and correct subject-verb agreement. Video instruction and written practice, as well as a short worksheet, round out the lesson.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Define collective noun
  • Demonstrate the use of collective nouns
  • Understand correct subject-verb agreement in relation to collective nouns

Length

30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.6.1

Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 6 topics, texts, and issues, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.6.3

Use knowledge of language and its conventions when writing, speaking, reading, or listening.

Materials

  • Copies of the transcript of the video lesson What Are Collective Nouns? and hard copies of the lesson quiz
  • Audio/video equipment
  • List of correct and incorrect usage of collective noun and verb pairs such as:
    • The band are coming to the parade.
    • The flock is building a nest.
    • The government is in session.
  • Beach ball
  • Index cards

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