Are you looking for ideas for teaching homophones in your upper elementary classroom? Homophones are simply confusing for many students. Well (let’s admit it), even adults sometimes use homophones incorrectly, so it is no wonder that our students often struggle with using these confusing words.
How do we help our students master confusing words like there, their, and they’re, or to, too, and two? Expecting our students to master homophones in only one lesson is unrealistic. Students need multiple lessons, exposure, review, and practice with using these words correctly. To help students better understand and use homophones, I have gathered together some of my favorite ideas for teaching homophones and activities. Be sure to continue reading to grab the freebie that is included! You don’t want to miss my most downloaded activity!
As teachers, we cannot expect students to master homophones in one lesson or even in one week. We must instruct, reteach, and revisit these words multiple times throughout the year for our students to master these confusing words. Through direct lessons, fun activities, and practice, your students can become homophone experts. It will take a little patience and a lot of persistence.
Ideas for Teaching Homophones: Play Games and Make it Fun
I love incorporating fun games and activities into my lessons. One simple activity that will get your students excited about homophones is a team competition.
- Divide your class into two teams. Let one person from each team come to the board.
- You will read aloud a sentence to the students that contains a focus homophone. For example before reading the sentence, tell students to listen for the focus homophone “there,” but do not reveal the correct spelling or anything about the meaning. (Simply say the word.)
- Then read a sentence that contains the focus homophone. Students will need to listen carefully to how the homophone is used in the sentence.
- The first student to correctly write and spell the homophone gets a point for that team.