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Same Sounds: Homophones

Can you hear the words here? Help your students distinguish homophones with this lesson. They'll be identifying the correct words in no time!
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Students will be able to identify and define homophones.

(10 minutes)
  • Instruct your students to read the sentence: Which eye would I use to see?
  • Ask your students to identify which words sound alike in the sentence.
  • Then, read the following words: sale, sail, here, hear, there, and their. Have them point out which words sound alike again.
  • List these responses on the whiteboard.
  • Ask your students to point out what they notice about the words listed. Make sure they point out that the spellings and meanings are different for words but sound the same.
(20 minutes)
  • Tell students that the pairs of words listed are called homophones, or words that sound alike but have different meanings and spellings.
  • Read aloud the story Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones. Ask students to listen as the story is being read and give a signal, such as a hand raise, when they hear a pair of homophones.
(15 minutes)
  • On the board, write sentences that include homophones. Leave blanks where the homophones would go. For example: Mother will have no __ until she gives Tom a _____ of the cake. Give your students the option of using the words peace and piece.
  • Have student volunteers come up and write the correct words in the blanks. Do this with multiple sentences.
(15 minutes)
  • Give each student a pair of homophones, and have them write sentences that show correct meanings and usages.
  • Enrichment: Give students the Leone's Homophones worksheet to complete.
  • Support: Have students complete the Write it Right worksheet.
(10 minutes)
  • Walk around the room to ensure that students are on the right track.
  • Give support where needed.
(5 minutes)
  • Ask your students to say the the sentences they wrote aloud.
  • Have the other students confirm whether or not those sentences are correct.

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