Get the Hang of Homophones
Students will be able to distinguish between common homophones.
Introduction (10 minutes)
- Show the Homophone Monkey video to the students.
- Tell students that today, we are going to learn about homophones.
- Show them the meaning of homophones on the chart paper: words that sound the same but have different meanings and spellings.
- Give students a few examples, such as flower and flour; pair and pear; knight and night.
- Show the video Kids Learning: Learn About Homophones by Iken Edu to your class.
Explicit Instruction/Teacher Modeling (10 minutes)
- Arrange students into groups of four or five.
- Tell them that today, they are going to look at different homophones.
- Review the definition of a homophone, then give each group a piece or half piece of chart paper and markers.
Guided Practice/Interactive Modeling (20 minutes)
- Tell the students you want them to work as a group to think of as many homophones as they can
- After about 10 minutes, bring students to the carpet with their lists and compile a class list together.
- Allow students to view the homophone lists for examples.
Independent Working Time (20 minutes)
- Give students the Getting the Hang of Homophones worksheet.
- Have students copy the list compiled by the class into a personal dictionary, or into the back of their language workbook.
- Enrichment: Advanced students can make small personal dictionaries of different homophones.
- Support: For students working below level, give them printed lists to use for reference.
Assessment (5 minutes)
- Circulate while students are working in groups to create their lists, making a note of those who have a good understanding of homophones and those who are not yet clear on the idea.
- Review their worksheets to determine their individual understanding.
Review and Closing (10 minutes)
- Show the Homophone Monkey video once again.
- Give students a verbal demonstration of different homophones, e.g. "When I got a flower from my friend, I turned a little pale. I had to have a bowl of cereal. Then, I started to beat a drum."
- Tell students this is a good example of why it is pretty difficult to learn the English Language.