Homophones are interesting if you can remember what they are. Do you remember? Homo means the same and phone is pertaining to sound. That is what I need to remind myself of the full definition. Homophones are words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and mean different things. No and know would be two examples. Problem is that many people regardless of age still confuse them when using them in sentences. Many things have been tried. Many may work, but I have found “All About Homophones” by Marie Rippel for grades 1-8, and I think the students will really enjoy it which usually means they will learn and remember!
In what the author calls the tool-kit, you will find a good explanation of homophones that can be easily adapted any grade level including regional homophones which is basically that some words are only homophones in a particular region and dialect. To learn about homophones and how to use them properly, the author uses graphic organizers, worksheets, crossword puzzles, card games, and more written for each different grade level. I think my favorite was the tongue twisters using the homophones. We all laughed so hard that it hurt! Students learn and retain more when they laugh while learning. We need to bring the fun into more of our subjects.
While learning the homophones that are in lists based on grade levels, a student creates a graphic organizer of each pair spelling each correctly, defining it in their own words, using it in a sentence, or even putting a picture with each. Each page can be done uniquely by the student allowing him or her to be very creative in the process. Then choose a worksheet or two with a couple of the activities. All of the student’s work should be kept in a notebook that they create to use and look back over for as long as they wish. Encourage them to add to the list of homophones whenever they find them. Student list records are provided to record the ones they learn.
This little toolkit is quite versatile. Teachers can use it as a onetime unit or pull activity sheets periodically to spice up a day’s activities. Either way, your student is bound to discover that language is fun and interesting.
Check it out at www.all-about-homophones.com. I don’t think you will be disappointed, but take my word for it; you need to exercise the tongue before tackling the tongue twisters.

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