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Collective Nouns

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Although students may not know the definition of collective noun, they are familiar with a number of these words. Common collective nouns include board, jury, audience, and majority. Less well known are pride (of lions), colony (of penguins), and warren (of rabbits).

 

As students expand their vocabularies, they need to become familiar with collective nouns and their meanings. Not only do unusual collective nouns enrich student language, but many of them, such as pride and board, have multiple meanings, and knowing the meaning in the collective-noun context gives students more word power.

Teaching Tips

The graphic organizers offered here should be used as students encounter collective nouns in their reading. You might want to highlight collective nouns with high-interest picture books focusing on collective nouns.