Homophones, homographs & confusables

Resources that focus on one of more of the following word categories. Homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled differently, e.g. there, they''re and their). Homographs (words that are spelled the same but pronounced differently, e.g. bow, moped, invalid). Other confusables (e.g. where & were, of & have).

Find the /f/ sounds

Submitted by Marc Stewart on Sun, 2018-01-07 14:59

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/E3.2, GCSE A6 SPaG, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1, Word origins

Resource type: Worksheet or assignment

Level: E3, L1, L2, GCSE L1-5

This is a spelling/phonetics resource that could be used as a starter, differentiated activity or filler. Learners colour in the squares where the words have an /f/ sound, these words are hidden with words that are ‘gh’ but aren’t pronounced /f/. When completed the grid shows a smiley face. There are a few trap words in here which can be used for dictionary or internet search practice.

Sentences using homographs

Submitted by Elizabeth Henderson on Wed, 2017-12-06 18:56

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Rw/E3.5, Reading: word focus (phonics & vocabulary)

ESOL: ESOL Reading: text focus (comprehension), ESOL Rw/E3.5a, ESOL Reading: word focus (vocabulary, word recognition, phonics)

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

A list of simple sentences, some of which are common sayings. They all contain a word which has more than one meaning. The list can be used to improve vocabulary, and also to show students the importance of context in understanding the meaning of a word. Could be used as a warm-up for a reading lesson.

Homophone Horror

Submitted by David Hills on Sun, 2012-09-23 17:00

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Warm-up, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A classic anonymous poem that has the correct spelling but the wrong words.

Read the poem aloud to your students before they have sight of it. Then give them page 1 of the work sheet.

Life in the Victorian era

Submitted by Carrie Bray on Wed, 2011-12-21 20:00

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Rs/E3.2, Rs/L1.1, Ww/L1.1

Context: History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise

A clever grammar/vocabulary/spelling task that combines a cloze exercise with homophone practice. The text is about the Victorian era and is particularly suitable for students with an interest in history.

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables

General: Study Skills and General Teaching, Staff development

Level: L2

Resource type: Teaching idea

This study considers the emerging issue of consciousness in pedagogy both theoretically and practically. It examines why this issue is of fundamental significance for teaching and learning. Basic assumptions are clarified and the psychological and philosophical fundamentals of consciousness theory explored.

Some surprising and counter-intuitive conclusions are reached. It is shown that in the partnership between consciousness and unconsciousness the latter is likely to be senior.

Council loses school catchment spying tribunal

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2011-12-20 15:55

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Reading: text focus (comprehension), Writing: text focus (composition)

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L2

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Writing prompts

An article from BBC News on-line.
There is a set of comprehension questions, a homophone exercise and an
anagrams puzzle. There is a short writing task.

Literacy: General literacy / English, Homophones, homographs & confusables, Functional English - reading, Functional English - writing

Numeracy: MSS1/E2.3, MSS1/E3.3

Free tags: Autumn, Equality and Diversity, Guy Fawkes

Context: History, Leisure Travel Tourism

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension, Worksheet or assignment

This resource was created for Adult Literacy Entry 3 Learners but can be used with mixed ability groups from E2 – L1. It includes reading comprehension and related exercises covering many curriculum areas, based on the Guy Fawkes Night theme.

The first section is a comprehension based on the history of Guy Fawkes and Bonfire Night. The text is suitable for E3-L2. Questions cover general comprehension, punctuation, homophones/spellings, proper nouns, alphabetical order and dictionary work.

Homophones follow-me game (Tarsia)

Submitted by Amanda Kelly on Mon, 2011-09-05 07:04

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Functional English - writing

ESOL: ESOL Ww/E3.1a, ESOL Ww/L1.1a

Free tags: Follow me game

Resource type: Tarsia jigsaw

Level: E3, L1, L2

A 12 piece follow me game where homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. A good mix of common and more unusual homophones such as preys/praise/prays and there/their/they’re. First used in a Motor Vehicles Functional English group but suitable for any L1-2 English / literacy group.

Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners play the game (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e.

Facts about pancakes

Submitted by Nicola Smith on Sun, 2011-03-06 09:54

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/E3.2, Rt/E3.1, Rt/L1.1, Ww/L1.1, Prefixes, suffixes & plurals

Free tags: Shrove Tuesday

Context: Catering Food Nutrition, History

Level: E3, L1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Crossword, Reading comprehension

A recently designed resource that I wanted to share with my fellow skillsworkshop users. I wanted something to use with my learners as a spelling lesson.

55 Homophone worksheets

Submitted by Amanda Burgess on Wed, 2010-05-05 22:13

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Ww/L1.1, Ww/L2.1

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A mammoth collection of worksheets covering a huge range of homophones – some common, some not-so-common.
There is extra coverage of familiar sets such as they’re, their, there; who’s, whose; to. too. two; etc. Some sheets also cover parts of speech.
Sheets vary: in some the incorrect word must be deleted, others are cloze exercises.

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