A homograph is defined as a word that shares the same written form as another word but has a different meaning. Homo means ‘same’ and graph means ‘write.’ If two words are written identically but do not share a meaning, it is a homograph.
Homographs help in building vocabulary. You can download the above anchor chart and a puzzle worksheet by clicking on the image above. The above poster explains homographs with the help of examples and pictures. Words such as palm, bow, tie, bat, leaves, etc. have more than one meaning.
It can be a finger ring (noun) or a ring on your phone (verb.)
a palm tree or the palm of your hand
a thing or to disagree with something.
the current moment or a gift.
a metal or to go in front of
a drain or a person who sews
They can be confusing at first, but once you read them in the context of a sentence, it is easy to figure out which meaning is intended for that particular sentence.
You should not confuse homographs with homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They are not spelled the same and that does cause a lot of confusion. I have a lot of free resources to practice homophones. They are useful for children as well as adults. Do try them.
The above worksheet is a good exercise for practice. Cut the pictures and paste them under the word that explains its meaning. The homograph words used are sink, glasses, letter, ring, and pen.
You can download Pack 1 of homographs worksheets from my website. It has many words and examples to understand them better.
The above worksheet is a part of ‘Vocabulary Pack 2’. You can download it for practice.
I hope you find this resource useful.