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).

Were-we're-where-wear

Submitted by Colleen Kelly on Sat, 2009-09-12 16:25

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

Resource type: Bingo, lotto or Pelmanism, Cloze exercise, Hands-on / practical activity

Level: L1

Hands on activities inc. bingo game and cloze exercises – providing good group or individual practice with these common confusables.

When or Went?

Submitted by Janet Chapman on Tue, 2008-10-28 15:52

Literacy: Ww/E2.1, Ww/E3.1, Homophones, homographs & confusables, Rw/E2.1

General: Dyslexia support

Level: E2, E3

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

When or Went? was written for students who confuse these two words in their writing. Suitable for E2-3 or dyslexia support at any level. Includes a wide selection of exercises and tips.

Elderly should keep on working

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Tue, 2008-09-16 15:52

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Writing: text focus (composition), Ww/L1.1

Context: News, Politics &Government items

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2008 BBC news report. Writing task, comprehension questions, anagrams and homophone work.

Free meals make calmer classes

Submitted by Dave Norgate on Wed, 2008-09-03 15:52

Literacy: Homophones, homographs & confusables, Rt/L1.1, Rt/L1.3, Ww/L1.1

Context: Education, Health, Social care, Early years

Level: L1

Resource type: Reading comprehension

A topical comprehension activity based on a 2007 BBC news report. Proof reading (misspelt homophones) and comprehension questions.

Common confusables - onscreen audio quiz

Submitted by Andy Heath on Tue, 2008-08-26 15:53

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

Resource type: On-screen activity or video, Quiz

Level: L1

A great auditory slant to there/their/they’re and to/two/too. You must listen carefully to a sentence and then select the correct homophone. Short, sweet and very good because it forces the students to focus on the meaning of the word in the sentence.

A Flash interactive activity that runs in your browser (and you will need speakers).

To run the quiz unzip the files (select “Extract all files”) into a new folder and click on homophone_match.html. Do not try to run directly from the zip folder or you will not see all the graphics or hear the audio.

Common homophones triangular jigsaw

Submitted by Pauline Bicker on Tue, 2008-08-12 15:53

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

Resource type: Tarsia jigsaw, Warm-up

Level: L1

A 16 piece triangular jigsaw puzzle where common homophones must be matched to the correct sentence. Use as an ice breaker or plenary activity – great for pairs or small groups. Guaranteed to create promote discussion as learners solve puzzle (best laminated). As usual with Tarsia puzzles, you can choose to print a standard or large puzzle (select Output – large, i.e. 3 pieces per A4 sheet).

All Tarsia jigsaws can also be printed out as flashcards / dominoes.
You will need Tarsia Formulator in order to use this resource.

Homophones wordsearch

Submitted by Charmaine Bedward on Thu, 2008-03-27 15:53

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

Resource type: Wordsearch

Level: L1, L2

Homophones wordsearch is a challenging way to check learner’s knowledge of this tricky topic. First they must work out the homophones of listed words and then find them in the puzzle. Makes a good extension or revision activity.

They're, their and there

Submitted by Gill Gallagher on Sun, 2007-11-18 16:18

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

Resource type: Informative presentation

Level: L1

Helps avoid confusion about these common homophones.

Confusing words - sentence gamble

Submitted by Saul Pope on Mon, 2007-10-22 16:18

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

Resource type: Game, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

A great way to encourage proof reading and correct use of homophones and other confusables. Ideal for paired work.

Homophone cloze exercises

Submitted by Marion Crocker on Wed, 2007-10-17 16:18

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

Resource type: Cloze exercise, Worksheet or assignment

Level: L1, L2

Excellent practice in recognising homophones.

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