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Saturday, February 9, 2013

Homophones/Homonyms Practice

My 6th graders often struggle with homonyms (perhaps better known as homophones). You know - those words that are pronounced the same way but spelled differently. 

their/they're/there it's/its air/heir 

Yep - those!

I wanted to do something to solidify the idea of these into my kiddos brain and make them more aware of the words they are writing.

Day 1 - Go through the definition of homophones (or homonyms), depending on which word you want your students to know - although both words can't hurt!

Day 2-3 - Have students draw pictures illustrating a pair of homonyms. We used post-it notes to "hide" the saying. That way we could guess what others were saying. 

We ended up hanging them up in the hallway - but of course I can't find the picture I took of that...
I'd love to hear what type of activities you do in the classroom that are interactive like this.


Denise said...

I love the idea of the students hiding the sentence, very cute!! I have my students write 2 sentences using each word and illustrate each. I'll try your idea next year! Thanks for sharing!!

Bex Mawn said...

So clever!

Justin Knight said...

Hi there! Thank you so much for stopping by my blog earlier today! This is a great post! Homophones are a killer in every grade it seems. I taught them in 3rd and am now teaching them again in 4th. My 4th graders don't seem to understand them any better than my 3rd graders. This idea of your with the illustrations is so much fun. I may steal your idea for my own classroom VERY soon! Have a great night! Thanks!
Justin- Writing Pad Dad
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