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Hiding Homophones
Lesson Objective
Students will identify, pronounce, and illustrate common homophones to strengthen skills and understanding.
Background Information for Teacher
Student Prior Knowledge
Paper (cardstock is best, but printer paper will work)
List of common homophones (see attached samples in Step 3)
Whiteboard & Markers
Step-by-Step Guided Lesson
Step 1: Start Video
(Tips: Interact with the video by pausing, to ask questions or discuss information viewed with student.)
Step 2: Teach Lesson
Offer the student the following bit of information: English is one of the hardest languages in the world to learn. Ask the students if they
can guess why it is so hard. Encourage answers by writing the following sentences on a board or paper: They’re going to their car
that is over there.; He blew the blue horn two too many times
.; The flower made out of flour and water won number one in the
Explain that the words that sound the same are homophones and such words make English very difficult to learn, but that
today you are going to create a ‘cheat sheet’ for some common homophones.
Before providing a list of homophones, have the student see if they can come up with some on their own. List these on the board or
overhead. If there are no suggestions choose words appropriate for the grade level and ability level of the student.
Review words and meanings with the student before passing out paper. Fold the paper into fourths. Cut tabs on either side to create
flaps for each homophone pair. Have the student list the pairs on the outside of the flap, across from each other. Under each flap
draw a simple picture to illustrate the word. This is now a ‘cheat sheet’ for homophones. You can allow the student to choose a set
number of pairs or give them the words you feel are best. If time permits allow the student to decorate the back.
Step 3: Complete the worksheet attached below.
Worksheets needed to complete the lesson
Extra Practice Worksheet with answer key
Step 4: Review. Start the next lesson with the game or activity attached below for review so the student can demonstrate
understanding of this lesson before moving forward.
Homophone Concentration Game. This game is a take on the popular Concentration television show
. (online & offline) game
Materials needed:
Cardstock paper ; Access to computer clip art
To start, choose about 10 homophones pairs. For example, one and won
Using computer clipart find pictures that represent each word in the homophone pair. You’ll use these pictures to make the
concentration cards.
The easiest way to make the cards is to first create a 10 x 4 table in Microsoft word. Inside each square of the table, cut and paste
the pictures you located in clipart. Then laminate the table and cut out each picture to make individual cards.
Place the cards face down spread out on the table. The student turns over two cards at a time with the goal of finding a homophone
pair. They’ll have to remember the location of each card as they try to pick out a pair of homophones. Once they’ve identified a pair,
they keep the two cards. The game is over once the student has found all the matches.