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Homophones & Word Choice Worksheets

Some words sound very much the same, but have different spellings. We call these words homophones. An example of this would be their and there. Though most speakers pronounce these words exactly the same way, these two words have completely different meanings. Their shows possession or ownership. There shows location. Knowing the difference between their and there isn’t really that important when you are speaking, but it is very important when you are writing. Things can get pretty confusing for readers when a writer chooses the wrong the word from a set of homophones.

Common Core State Standards specify that students have to master word choice. That means that a student must be able to recognize when the word steal should be used instead of the word steel, and literally hundreds of more pairs like steal and steel. So how can students get prepared for this? The same way that one gets to Carnegie Hall: practice, practice, practice! To help with this, I’ve created a bunch of resources on homophones and word choice and posted them below.


Homophones Worksheet 1 – Here are 25 practice problems on homophones. This one is themed around ninjas, which students seem to enjoy. Students read each example and choose the word that best completes the sentence. Then they practice using tricky homophones in their own sentences.
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Homophones Worksheet 2 – Looking for more practice with homophones? Here are another 25 practice problems on homophones. This worksheet is themed around an alien visitor. Students will read the questions and choose the homophone that best completes each sentence. Then they will practice writing sentences of their own with commonly confused homophones.
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Homophones Worksheet 3 – Still looking for word choice practice? This worksheet contains another 25 problems. Students examine groups of homophones and choose the best one that completes each sentence. Then students write their own sentences. This worksheet is themed around an underwater adventure. I hope that your students enjoy this one.
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Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs

These terms can be quite confusing, but if you know the meanings of the word roots, it is actually quite easy to remember.
Homo
Homo means same, as in homosexual: a person attracted to members of the same sex.
Phone
Phone means sound, as in telephone: to sound across.

Homophones are words that sound the same but have different spellings.

Examples:hear and here.
Hear refers to the act of perceiving sound. Here describes a location or position.
Nym
Nym means name, as in pseudonym: a fake name.

Homonyms are words that have the same sound and the spelling, but different meanings.

Examples:ear and ear.
One refers to an ear of corn, the other to a human organ responsible for hearing.
Graph
Graph means writing, as in biography: life writing.

Homographs are words that have the same spelling, but different meanings and different pronunciations.

Examples:wind and wind.
One refers to a blowing breeze, while the other refers to the act of turning a crank.


Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs PowerPoint Lesson – This is the PowerPoint file used in the above video.  It is a quick and concise lesson on these terms with a focus on word roots to help students remember the meanings.
Homophones, Homonyms, and Homographs PowerPoint

Homonyms and Homographs Worksheet 1 – In this activity, students will consider words with dual meanings.  They will practice using homonyms and homographs in original sentences.
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Homonyms and Homographs Worksheet 2 – More practice identifying and using homonyms and homophones. This is a great review activity.
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Homophone Comic Strip: Create a comic strip where you correctly use ten homophones. Underline the homophones.
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Homophone Worksheet: Students write down the definitions of commonly confused homophones.
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Make a Homophone Worksheet Project – Now it’s your turn, students! Create a nice looking worksheet with ten problems testing knowledge of commonly confused homophones. Students should receive a master list of easy homophones to assist them.
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9 Comments

  1. MrsA

     /  January 2, 2018

    As a Homeschooling Parent, I greatly appreciate your lessons/worksheets. It saves me time in creating such works & guidance papers for my five students. “Thanks A Million!!!”

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  2. Maniha Afzaal

     /  December 11, 2016

    Good I got many help with ur work sheets
    My exams got easier
    Thnx
    Ur website is so good

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  3. Ma. Maja Jade N. Perez

     /  September 10, 2014

    These are very helpful. They are good enrichment activities and there are various exercises to choose from. More power!

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  4. Sherif I. Shehab

     /  March 5, 2014

    Very nice, helpful, and fruitful site. Many thanks

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  5. u have a beautiful website right here! 🙂

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  6. Thank you for your worksheets. I found, however, many of the subject/topic within some of the sentences were somewhat inappropriate for students…

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    • Thank you for your input. As always, remember to preview the content for appropriateness before using in your classroom. Standards vary, and I in no way claim that my material is appropriate for every classroom. Thank you for visiting.

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  7. nice site

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