August 26, 2015
By Margie Morrissey

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Get the Hang of Homophones

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Students will be able to distinguish between common homophones.

(10 minutes)
  • Show the Homophone MonkeyVideo to the students.
  • Tell students that today, we are going to learn about homophones.
  • Show them the meaning of HomophonesOn 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 HomophonesBy Iken Edu to your class.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(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.
(10 minutes)
  • Show the Homophone MonkeyVideo 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.

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