Collective Nouns Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

Collective Nouns Bingo

ESL Collective Nouns Worksheet and Game - Reading, Writing and Listening - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this set of fun collective nouns activities, students complete a worksheet to practice collective nouns and then use the nouns in a game of bingo. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching words to one of six collective nouns, writing the words in a corresponding box. In the next exercise, students complete a set of phrases with collective nouns. After the students have completed the worksheet, they practice the collective nouns by playing a game or games of bingo. Give each group of five a set of four bingo cards and a set of caller cards. One student takes on the role of the bingo caller and takes the caller cards, shuffles them and places them face down in a pile. The other students take a bingo card each. The bingo caller picks up the top card from the pile and reads out the collective noun to the group, without showing anyone the card, e.g. flock. If the collective noun corresponds to a word on a student's bingo card, the student writes the collective noun in the space (e.g. a flock of birds) and crosses out the square. The first student to cross off all 12 squares shouts 'Bingo'. That student then reads the phrases on their bingo card to the group for confirmation. If the answers are correct, the student wins the game. If not, play continues. Students can play several rounds if need be, giving other students the chance to be the bingo caller.
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A Range of Exercises

ESL Collective Nouns Worksheet - Reading, Matching and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this collective nouns worksheet, students practice identifying and using 30 common collective nouns. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students start by circling collective nouns in a set of sentences. Students then circle collective nouns and match sentence halves together. Next, students do a gap-fill exercise where they complete sentences with collective nouns from a box. Students then move on to write down the eight most difficult collective nouns from Exercises A to C. In the last exercise, students write sentences using the eight collective nouns to practice them. Afterwards, review the students' sentences and provide feedback.
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Interactive Version - In this collective nouns interactive worksheet, students complete a variety of exercises to learn 30 collective nouns.


Collective Quiz

ESL Collective Noun Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this free collective noun game, students take part in a quiz where they race to guess collective nouns related to animals, people and things. Draw the grid from the worksheet on the board with points at the top and the categories down the side. Tell the students that they are going to play a jeopardy-style quiz game where they guess collective nouns from descriptions. Divide the students into four teams. Have each group choose a team name. Start by choosing a square to begin the game, e.g. animals 100. Read the description of the noun, e.g. 'This collective noun is used to describe a group of wolves'. The first student to say the correct collective noun wins that square for their team and the amount of points for that square, e.g. 100 points. Their team name is then written in the square. Encourage students to respond in sentence form, e.g. 'The collective noun for wolves is a pack.' The winning team then chooses the next square. However, any team can try to guess the collective noun. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins. As a variation, when a student answers correctly, the winning team can double their points by giving another example using the same collective noun, e.g. a pack of cards.
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High Rollers

ESL Collective Nouns Board Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this collective nouns speaking activity, students play a board game where they practice using collective nouns correctly in positive sentences, negative sentences, and questions. Give each group of three or four a copy of the board game, a dice and counters. Students place their counters on the start square. If a student rolls a one or four, they make a positive sentence with the collective noun in the square. If they roll a two or five, they make a negative sentence. If they roll a three or six, the student makes a question with the collective noun and asks it to a group member. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a collective noun square, they make a positive sentence, a negative sentence, or a question that uses the collective noun in an appropriate way. For example, if a student rolls a one and lands on the collective noun 'class', they might say 'Our class has students from many different countries'. If the player makes a suitable sentence or question, they stay on the square. If not, the student goes back to their previous square. Then, it's the next student's turn to play. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
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