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Homophones: Hold the Homophone!

Want your students to/too/two use the right/write words when/win writing? This lesson will teach them about homophones and the different ways/weighs they are used.
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Students will correctly use frequently confused homophones.

(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.

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