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Many of us use centers, Daily 5, CAFE, or word work in our classrooms – even in our upper elementary classrooms. This homophone idea I’m about to share will work in your 3rd, 4th, 5th, or 6th grade classroom. You may also be able to modify it for slightly above or below those grade levels.
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.
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. Because, let’s face it, seeing incorrect spelling often leaves people feeling less of a person. Am I write? 😉 (Sorry, I just had to there!)
Go through the definition of homophones (or homonyms), depending on which word you want your students to know – although both words can’t hurt!
We created a list of as many of the words as we could come up with.
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.