Collective nouns: A flock of birds

Collective nouns: A flock of birds

Kids will love learning about collective nouns. Not only can we teach them about collective nouns in a fun way but they'll be fascinated by the story of how it came about. This one is a flock of birds.

What you need:

  • computer with internet access
  • printer
  • paper
  • coloured pencils or markers

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What are collective nouns and how are they used?

Collective nouns are used to describe a group of objects or animals thinking or moving the same way.

For example, you may see a few bees in your garden: One flying over the garden, one sitting on a flower and the other is chasing your brother. This is just three bees.

If those bees are chasing your brother at the same time, he is facing a swarm of bees. Look out!

A flock of birds

The term is used to describe a number of birds that congregate and feed together.

As far as birds go there are many advantages and disadvantages to birds flocking.

Advantages: protection, foraging, warmth, energy efficiency, breeding.

Disadvantanges: visibility, disease, competition against other flocks.

According to the Miriam-Webster dictionary, the word flock was first used in the 13th century, with origins from Old English floc, which meant crowd or band, and the Old Norse flokkr.




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