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Enjoy these activities to help teach the skill homophones, homonyms, and homographs to your students.


Boy, oh boy! How confusing the definitions of homophones, homonyms, and homographs can be for students. Then add heteronyms to the mix, and students minds start to spin.

I teach this concept by starting with shapes. Students learn about 4 sided polygons including squares, rectangles, trapezoids, rhombus, parellograms, and kites at an early age. Create a Venn diagram and show how a square is also a rectangle and a rhombus and that all three of these are parallegrams. Explain that homonyms work similiarly. Having a visual illustration for the shapes helps students understand how, for example, all homophones are homonyns but not all homonyms are homophones.

Additional Homonym Resources

Click on the links under the images to go to homonym resources.

If you are looking for more practice with troublesome word pairs try this:

This bundle contains
2 Printable Books
4 PowerPoint Presentations
3 Interactive Webpages pages.

Troublesome Words

Troublesome Words Bundled

Homophone and Homograph Games

These free games practice homophones or homographs using sentences from Sarah, Plain and Tall. To play the games, students roll a die and move around the gameboard. They read the homophone or homograph [depending on the game] they land on. Next the player covers a sentence from the book in the center of the board that uses the word. My students love playing these games and really learned a lot.

Download the games here.

Vocabulary Related Webpages



Click on the images to go to vocabulary resources.

Compound Words
Context Clues
Prefix Games


Root Words
Shades of Meaning
Troublesome Words

Synonyms and Antonyms