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Nouns: Investigate Collective Nouns

In this worksheet, students investigate collective nouns used to describe groups of animals or objects.

'Nouns: Investigate Collective Nouns' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   English

Curriculum subtopic:   Grammar: Nouns, Verbs & Tenses

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

A collective noun is a word used to describe a group of things.

for example: a flock of sheep

 

Some collective nouns are very common and we hear them all the time, but others are more unusual. Have you heard any of these before?

a parliament of owls

a murder of crows

a murmuration of starlings

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of cows

flock

herd

pack

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of cards

flock

pack

herd

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of birds

pack

flock

herd

Some collective nouns are linked to a characteristic of the animal or object they describe.

 

Which of the collective nouns describes how bees move?

a gaggle of bees

a swarm of bees

a herd of bees

Which of the collective nouns describes a feature of a hedgehog?

a pack of hedgehogs

a prickle of hedgehogs

a troop of hedgehogs

The collective noun herd is often used to describe large animals. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

cows

reindeer

elephants

squirrels

The collective noun pack is often used to describe animals that live together in groups and hunt for food. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

wolves

hyenas

geese

hounds

The collective noun colony is often used to describe animals that live together in very large groups. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

ants

bats

penguins

snakes

The collective noun school is often used to describe animals that live in the sea. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

whales

fish

seagulls

dolphins

Try to match up some of the more unusual collective nouns with the animals they describe.

 

You may find a dictionary helpful, but otherwise try to work out the correct one based on some feature of the animal.

Column A

Column B

a pride of
geese
a gaggle of
locusts
a troop of
lions
a plague of
monkeys
  • Question 1

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of cows

CORRECT ANSWER
herd
  • Question 2

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of cards

CORRECT ANSWER
pack
  • Question 3

Choose the correct collective noun to complete this phrase.

 

a __________ of birds

CORRECT ANSWER
flock
  • Question 4

Some collective nouns are linked to a characteristic of the animal or object they describe.

 

Which of the collective nouns describes how bees move?

CORRECT ANSWER
a swarm of bees
  • Question 5

Which of the collective nouns describes a feature of a hedgehog?

CORRECT ANSWER
a prickle of hedgehogs
  • Question 6

The collective noun herd is often used to describe large animals. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
squirrels
  • Question 7

The collective noun pack is often used to describe animals that live together in groups and hunt for food. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
geese
  • Question 8

The collective noun colony is often used to describe animals that live together in very large groups. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
snakes
  • Question 9

The collective noun school is often used to describe animals that live in the sea. It is the collective noun for all the animals in the list except one.

 

Tick the odd one out.

CORRECT ANSWER
seagulls
EDDIE SAYS
A large group of dolphins is called a school, but a small group is called a pod of dolphins.
  • Question 10

Try to match up some of the more unusual collective nouns with the animals they describe.

 

You may find a dictionary helpful, but otherwise try to work out the correct one based on some feature of the animal.

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

a pride of
lions
a gaggle of
geese
a troop of
monkeys
a plague of
locusts
---- OR ----

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