Back to basics

30th May 2014 at 01:00
The English language is packed with words that sound the same but mean entirely different things. This selection of resources will help students to navigate some of the most tricky homophones

1. Hear, here

What is it? A game that challenges students to identify homophones while a passage is read aloud

What users say "Great idea - I have done the same with a punctuation task."

2. Penned up

What is it? In this team activity, students take part in a "pen relay" to circle the correct "it's" or "its"

What users say "A simple sheet that is great for a grammar starter."

3. Sound strategy

What is it? Detailed planning for a half-term literacy unit on homophones

What users say "Just want to say a really big thank you as this has helped us loads. Didn't know where to start so having your model has been fab."

4. Nifty mnemonics

What is it? Display posters defining the correct use of homophones, with written examples, visual aids and mnemonics

What users say "Bright and bold - different to the most common poster styles. Like it."

5. In your dreams

What is it? A short story called The Dream was the Same Every Night is full of homophones for students to identify

What users say "Love resources that come with an answer key!"

6. Beware there

What is it? A starter activity to remind students of the difference between "their", "they're" and "there"

What users say "Cheers, just what I was after."

7. DIY homophones

What is it? A set of display posters and templates that help students to design their own homophone flash cards

What users say "This is great for my phonics lesson."

8. Two and too

What is it? Posters to remind students of some common homophones, including "two", "to" and "too"

What users say "Just what I was looking for. I'm going to adapt it into a table banner for students' desks. Thanks."

9. Game plan

What is it? Homophone activities in the style of game show The Million Pound Drop

What users say "Thank you, really excellent resource."

10. End the confusion

What is it? A simple PowerPoint and worksheet on confusing homophones

What users say "A cracking resource which helped in a cover lesson."


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