Building Vocabulary with Homophone Games

Do you have a particular homophone weakness?  You know…a pair of words that you can’t ever seem to remember which one to use when??  Mine is most definitely the homophone pair hangar and hanger.  I am NEVER sure which one holds clothes and which one holds airplanes.  Maybe you have more than one set that gives you trouble. 

Homophones – – words (or phrases or letters) that, although they are pronounced the same, differ in meaning – – can definitely be tricky.  Fortunately, there are many homophone resources for teachers available for creating homophone lesson plans, homophone worksheets and homophone classroom activities. Also online, a kids’ thesaurus is a useful way to create homophone lists as is a kids’ dictionary.

Homophone games for elementary school students are very popular with third, fourth and fifth graders, while learning homophone definitions in sixth through eighth grade is a good precursor to playing middle school homophone games. High school students can also study homophone relationships while playing high school homophone synonym games — an excellent college prep homophone exercise leading to success on standardized tests (which feature numerous homophone questions).


ESL students also greatly benefit from using fun online homophone games as these help them differentiate English vocabulary words that sound identical but that have different meanings, whether or not they are spelled differently.

How about sharing YOUR homophone weakness in the comment section below??

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