Homophones: Hold the Homophone!
Students will correctly use frequently confused homophones.
Introduction (5 minutes)
- Review homophones by watching a short video if necessary.
- Write to/too/two, their/they're/there, and ate/eight on the board. Have students take a few minutes to look at these sets of words and identify any patterns that they see.
- Tell students that they are going to be looking at words that sound the same but have different meanings.
- Advise students that these words are called homophones.
- If students are keeping a writing journal, this would be a good word to add to it with the examples from above.
- Have students create a class list of known homophones and their meanings.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (5 minutes)
- Remind students that there are many words in the English language that sound the same but have different meanings.
- Give examples of homophones that students did not place on the class list.
- See if students know the meanings of the words you listed.
- Tell students that today they are going to learn new homophones and practice using them correctly in sentences.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (10 minutes)
- Have the class get into pairs or small groups.
- Use the first few pages from the Hold the Homophone packet on the interactive whiteboard to guide students through identifying the correct use of each word.
- Answer students' questions as they work through each worksheet.
- You may have to work the first few questions on each to get them started.
- When they are done, allow for a few minutes for questions and answers.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Pass out Whose vs. Who's, Write or Right, Homophones: To, Too or Two, and Homophones: "Ee" and "Ea" from the packet.
- Advise students that they are now going to work alone to correctly use commonly seen homophones.
- Have students to raise their hands if they get stuck or need assistance.
- Enrichment: Advanced students could provide illustrations for each homophone.
- Support: Students who need support could be given a list of commonly used homophones and their meanings to reference while completing the assignment.
- Use the interactive whiteboard to work through the problems and to have students identify the correct answers.
Related Books and/or Media
Assessment (15 minutes)
- Give students a copy of Homophone Story: Monster Grammar (parts 1-5) from the Hold the Homophone packet.
- Have them read through the story and circle the correct homophones as they read through the story.
- Make sure that students understand that they need to circle the correct word.
- Review the correct answers to the Homophone Story if time permits.
Review and Closing (5 minutes)
- Recap by having students give you the definition of the word homophone.
- Have students identify homophones that they are still confused about.
- Have them brainstorm tricks that will help them understand their meaning.
- Answer any questions that students may still have.