Homophone Days of Yore: Commonly Confused Words, Your vs. You're

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  1. Homonyms and homophones can be very difficult, especially for ESL students. This bundle includes all of my students' favorite activities for practicing commonly confused words, homophones, and homonyms. These activities practice are/our/hour, its/it's, there/their/they're, your/you're, to/two/too, a
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Homophones and homonyms are commonly confused words and particularly difficult for English language learners. Much practice is needed when distinguishing between homophones when listening, reading, and writing. Days of Yore, practicing the homophones your and you’re, is what I call a quadruple play activity. The activity can be used four ways, making it very flexible and allowing you to tailor it to each group of students. Though technically part of the homophone group, and used in the title, the word yore is not included in the exercises. It is instead a nod to the theme of the sentences: historical facts and customs. (For more information about this activity, see the blog post Homophone Days of Yore.)

The versions of play:

  1. Slap: Place the large signs on the board with magnets, tape, or tacks. Divide the class into two teams and have one person from each team come to the board. Give each person a fly swatter or similar device. Read a sentence. The object of the game is the be the first person to slap the correct homophone with their swatter, thus earning one point for their team. Change people for every sentence.
  2. Response Cards: Give each student a set of response cards. Read the sentences aloud. Students should hold up a card indicating their choice for the correct homophone for that sentence. This is an easy way to check group understanding and quickly pin point quiet students who are struggling.
  3. Scoot / Task Cards: Print, laminate, and cut the sentence cards and provide each student with a recording sheet. Card scoot: students each start with one sentence, read it, record their answer in the correct square, and pass the sentence to the next person. Student scoot: hang or place the sentences around the classroom. Students move around the room, reading sentences, and recording their answers in the correct squares.
  4. Clip Cards: Place the cards and a basket of clothes pins in your learning center. Students read the sentences and place a clothes pin on the correct homophone for each sentence. Students can check one another’s work or you can look at them later.

These same sentences are used in the digital pixel art activity. The mystery picture activity is available in both Google Sheets and Microsoft Excel formats.

More homophone/homonym practice:

Playing With Homophones (paper)

Homophone Jeopardy

Pirate Homophones: Are, Our, Hour (paper)

Pirate Homophones: Are, Our, Hour (digital--Slides)

Pirate Homophones: Are, Our, Hour (digital--PowerPoint)

Whose or Who's Triple Play (paper)

Whose or Who's Mystery Pixel Art (Sheets)

Whose or Who's Mystery Pixel Art (Excel)

Homophone Sghoul: Commonly Confused Words There, Their, They're (paper)

Homophone Sghoul: Self-Grading Digital Task Cards (Sheets)

Homophone Sghoul: Self-Grading Digital Task Cards (Excel)

It's or Its? A Homophone Vacation Digital Task Cards (Slides)

It's or Its? A Homophone Vacation (paper)

To, Two, Too Quadruple Play (paper)

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on kindergarten reading and content.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 1 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 3 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.
Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

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