They sound the same, but are spelled completely differently! Homophones are a cool part of the English language to teach and learn about. However, it’s easy for students to use the incorrect homophone in their writing. Help them choose the correct homophones with our fun assortment of puzzles, worksheets, and games. We’ve got all sorts of excellent resources for your homophone lessons so browse on to learn more.
1. Homophone Spinner
Build confidence with this cute game. Students are given cards with common homophones. Place a spinner on the sheet and make a sentence or find the matching pair of homophones! For an extra challenge have them use the pair together in a sentence.
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2. Homophone Matching Activity
Matching homophones is the perfect way to start your lessons. Print out the homophone picture cards and mix them in a pile. Students pick up a card and try to find its matching pair.
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3. Flip Books
Break out the crayons to create colorful homophone picture books! Pictures help students visualize what words mean, especially tricky homophones. Display the homophone pairs around the room for all your students to see!
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4. Blackout Game
Add this adaptation of bingo to your literacy center games. Give the students a sentence card and place a chip on the correct spelling. The first one to cover their whole card wins! For an extra challenge, read the sentence to your students instead.
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5. Crossword Puzzle
Crossword puzzles are a popular resource for elementary teachers. These easy worksheets make a great in-class activity. Students can also try making their own puzzles from a list of homophones. A wide variety of options makes it perfect for all grade levels.
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6. Digital Homophone Matching Activity
Satisfy your kids’ need for digital activities with fun interactive homophone games. Students click on the correct homophone from the pair. The colorful pictures are a great way for students to learn and remember the meanings of homophones.
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7. Horrible Homophones
See how creative your students can get with this hilarious activity. Give your students a homophone. Have them use and illustrate it correctly in a sentence. Then, have them use the incorrect homophone in a second illustration! This activity makes a lovely homophone display for your classroom.
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8. Anchor Charts
Give your students helpful resources around the room. Create definition posters by having students illustrate the different homophones. Their whimsical illustrations are sure to be delightful and will help them remember the meanings of the words! The posters also remind them of common spelling errors.
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9. Which Word
To win the game, students need to use the correct homophone. For each correct sentence, students cover the corresponding bubble in the middle. The first student to cover all the bubbles wins! For younger students, display picture definition cards on the table.
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10. Homophone Scoot
Add some physical activity to your lessons. Place the cards around the room and let students search for them all. For each card, they must choose the correct homophone and record it on their worksheet. You can decide to make it a race or have students work collaboratively!
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11. Hunting for Homophones
Digital options are perfect for a rainy-day lesson plan. In this matching game, students have to click through the squares and memorize where the matching homophones are. For every pair, part of the picture is revealed. Have students record the pairs as they work their way through the puzzle.
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12. Homophone Puzzles
Puzzles, puzzles, and more puzzles! Carefully cut off the various puzzle pieces for your students. Then help them match the pictures to the words and the homophone with its match. Flip the cards upside down and create a memory game to have kids work on their memory skills.
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13. Clip Cards
This easy game is a perfect way to end your homophone lesson. Print out the cards and give your students some clothespins. Take turns reading the sentences out loud and have students “pin” the correct answer. Then create new sentences using the word!
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14. Homophone of the Week
Add cute homophones posters to your classroom! A homophone of the week allows you to discuss common homophone errors and build your kids’ vocabulary. Each week have students write a sentence using each of the homophones. Extra credit if they create a picture to go with them!
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15. Homophone Search
A homophone scavenger hunt? You bet! Place a sticky note with a homophone on each student’s back. Then, have them ask each other questions to try and figure out what their homophone is. Keep asking until they find their matching pair.
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