If homophones are tricky for your students, you aren’t alone! Identifying the
write right homophone is important not just for writing, but for oral and reading comprehension, too.
Like many word analysis strategies, homophones aren’t a new concept by the middle elementary grades. However, they’re still challenging for many students! Lots of exposure and explicit practice will support students who get word pairs mixed up. Here are some of my favorite engaging ways to practice homophones!
Homophones Interactive Notebook
I love using interactive notebook activities to work on word analysis skills. These simple-cut templates are great to help students review commonly misused homophones at the beginning of the year or anytime they need some practice.
The templates include a blank option for students to add their own examples. And since visualizing homophone meanings can be helpful, I like for students to add pictures, too.
Hands-on Homophone Pairs Sort
Sorts and puzzles are great when you need an engaging activity that you can use for review and even assessment.
This low-prep homophones sort is a helpful way to check which students need more practice with tricky word pairs like it’s and its.
We usually think of worksheets as a boring way to review vocabulary skills, but they don’t have to be!
In my homophones activity pack, I’ve included a fun color-by-code worksheet and a crossword puzzle – as well as traditional graphic organizers and multiple choice worksheets. With this variety, you have a lot of options for classwork, homework, assessment, and sub plans.
Homophones Task Cards
Another low-prep activity that students enjoy is task cards! These are great for year-long centers, early finishers, morning work, and definitely test prep. With this set, students use a clothespin or paper clip to show their answer choice for an extra level of engagement.
If you want to save time, you can grab this comprehensive homophones activities pack for grades 3-5! It has all of the activities mentioned above, plus anchor charts and word lists. (Virginia teachers, this supports Reading SOL 4.4.)
To see all the word analysis resources I’ve created, please click here.
When it comes to homophones, repeated exposure and practice are super helpful for 3rd, 4th, and 5th graders. These activities make it easy to keep engagement high so you can work on this word analysis strategy all year long. Let me know in the comments what other homophones activities you enjoy!