Collective nouns refer to groups of people, animals or objects — but they’re conjugated like singular nouns. That can be confusing for students and English learners who are working on adding collective nouns to their sentences. Take a look at some collective nouns practice worksheets to challenge yourself and your class.
collective noun soccer team
Defining Collective Nouns
When you think of collective nouns, you may think of group or family. But there are many different collective nouns used in English grammar. While collective nouns refer to more than nouns (for example, “a team of players”), the noun itself is singular without an "s" at the end of it.
Practice creating and using collective nouns in the following worksheets. You can review your knowledge in these sample collective noun exercises, or you can download the printable worksheets for even more practice opportunities.
If you’re new to collective nouns, here’s a chance to clarify what they mean. Take a look at these collective nouns and see how many you already know. Download the printable worksheet for additional exercises.
Match the collective nouns (choir, deck, herd, school, team) with the proper plural nouns.
a __________ of cows
a __________ of singers
a __________ of players
a __________ of cards
a __________ of fish
Answers for Matching Practice
How many could you match correctly? See how you did:
a herd of cows
a choir of singers
a team of players
a deck of cards
a school of fish
Collective Noun Worksheet #2: Using Collective Nouns
Now you can practice changing plural nouns to collective nouns! It’s a great way to ensure that you know the correct vocabulary as well as the proper grammar. If you’d like more of a challenge, download the rest of the worksheet for more practice.
If you’ve mastered the different types of nouns, test your knowledge with a challenging noun quiz.
Master Correct Conjugation
Collective nouns represent groups of nouns, but are still treated like singular nouns in the context of a sentence. Once you’ve mastered conjugating collective nouns, you are ready to move on to different types of nouns with the same conjugation. Compare collective nouns to abstract nouns in a sentence, and see how similar (and different) they can be.
Subject-verb agreement can be tricky for beginning readers and English learners. It means that the subject of the sentence must “agree” with its verb — in other words, if the subject is singular, the verb must also be singular. Practice this important grammatical concept with one subject-verb agreement quiz on simple and compound subjects and additional subject-verb agreement exercises on different types of sentences.
Now that your students know all about nouns, double the challenge by making them plural! The rules about plural nouns can be a bit confusing for young readers, especially when it comes to irregular nouns in the English language. Use these plural nouns worksheets to reinforce important grammar skills in elementary school.