Homophones

Learning focus

To identify and distinguish a range of common homophones and use them correctly when writing.

This lesson includes:

  • two videos to help refresh your knowledge of homophones

  • three activities

Learn

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

Watch the short video below to find out more.

See how many homophones you can spot in this video.

Watch this short video to see more homophones and how they can be used in a story.

Teacher Talks: Homophones

Practise

You may need paper and a pen or pencil for some of these activities.

Activity 1: Identifying homophones

Play the Homophones mini game on Small Town Superheroes. Use the yellow arrows to navigate to the 'Steve' section to find the 'Homophones' game.

If you can, open the game in a new tab. You can do this by right clicking on the window and selecting open link in new tab.

Click to play the game
game

Activity 2: Let's find homophones

Homophones are everywhere!

Make a list of all the homophones you can think of.

If you're struggling to think of some, you could always look through some of your favourite books at home and see how many you can spot.

Here are some to start your list off:

  • here - hear
  • son - sun
  • bass - base

Activity 3: Let's write some sentences

Watch this short video that introduces you to the story Nelly the Monster Sitter by Kes Gray.

Actress Sarah Hadland reads 'Nelly the Monster Sitter'.

What did you think about Nelly the Monster Sitter?

Using the following sentence starters, write your opinion of the story. Try and include lots off detail about what happened and what you thought of it.

  • My favourite part was _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • I thought the book was funny because _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • I didn't like when _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _
  • The story would have been better if _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _ _

Once you're finished, circle all the times you've used homophones.

Where next?

In this lesson you have learnt how to identify and distinguish a range of common homophones and use them correctly in your writing.

There are other useful articles on Bitesize to help you.

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