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


30-60 minutes

Curriculum Standards


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.


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


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


  • 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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