A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but both words have a different meaning and different spelling. The list that I will be sharing today has close to 100 words that will serve as a useful teacher’s resource for teaching and making lesson plans for homophones.
Understanding homophones is an essential part of mastering the English language and building vocabulary and minimizing spelling mistakes. Click on the homophones anchor chart above to download it.
In the first list, you will find pairs of homophones next to each other. One can only know which word is to be used based on the context it is being used in.
The _______ shines brightly.
Son and sun are both pronounced the same way but based on the context you know that the answer is ‘sun.’
The sun shines brightly.
Our team _______ the match.
one or won?
One is a number and won means to win something.
Our team won the match.
Yes, English is a confusing language but understanding these homophones will definitely make it easier for you.
I ____ the candies.
ate or eight?
eight is a number and ate means to eat.
I ate the candies.
It is very important to use these words in sentences otherwise children will not get it.
Sometimes in order to revisit the homophone words, I also cut these homophone words strips and play homophone pairs in class. Each child gets a homophone strip and they have to find their pair. Then the pair has to form a sentence using both the homophone words.
I knew your shirt is new.
No, I do not know the answer.
You did not write the right address.
The kids absolutely love this activity. They form pairs and then write both the words on the board. Then they form a sentence using the word. If the kids are not comfortable using both the words in a single sentence, have them use it in two separate sentences.
There are homophones like ‘there their they’re’ which are frequently used and are confusing not only for children but also adults. I have prepared a separate pack for ‘there their they’re’ homophones that includes an anchor chart, task cards, and worksheets. It will provide ample practice for ‘there their they’re’ and hopefully end the confusion.
With my first graders, I try to take up 2 homophone pairs every day so that we manage one list in a week including revision and practice. It is part of our vocabulary building session which also includes synonyms, antonyms, similes, compound words, etc.
Another frequently used homophone pair that is easily confused is ‘your you’re.’ I see this mistake in blog articles and in other writings. It is a very common mistake that adults make. The resource that I have created for this includes an anchor chart, task cards, and worksheets. It will serve as a useful classroom resource.
These word lists are free for subscribers to download.