Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different meanings. Homophones are an important topic in both vocabulary study and spelling units, especially for younger students. Usually homophones are are spelled differently, but they can also be spelled the same. An easy way to remember this is to remember that you listen and speak when you are on a phone. When you hear the word “phone” in homophone, remember that it means that the words sound the same or are pronounced the same. Here are some examples of homophones that are spelled differently and have different meanings:
paws/pause, flee/flea, pole/poll, ate/eight, one/won
Here are a few homophones that sound the same and are also spelled the same, but have different meanings:
rose (the flower) and rose (past tense of rise), bear (the animal) and bear (to tolerate)
Getting the hang of homophones takes practice. Online activities are one way to help children learn more about homophones. Online games keep kids entertained, while helping them learn and practice important skills. They may be given one word and asked to add its homophone, or they may be asked to match different pairs of words to make sets of homophones. Topics like homophones can be a little tricky. In fact, homophones are often included in lists of frequently confused words. Think about teaching them in a fun and engaging way by using elementary homophone games that help students learn both the meanings and spellings of the words.