When we started planning to teach homophones to our diverse fifth graders, we encountered a problem. We didn’t know which homophones we should teach. We knew that some of our students needed to focus on spelling common homophones, while others were ready to move on to some more challenging vocabulary. Thus, we decided to create a homophones unit that would allowed us to truly differentiate for the needs of our students.
This unit includes two lists of homophones. For each list, we include log, crossword puzzle, matching/Go Fish cards with illustrations, and a quiz. We also include quiz-quiz-trade cards and two Find Someone Who activities that specifically focus on the use of troublesome words from list one like there/their/they’re, to/too/two, and your/you’re.
We had success with this unit in our classes by giving the quiz for list one as a pre-assessment. All of the students who passed the quiz worked with list two during class but were still expected to know all of the homophones from list one. The students who did not pass list one continued to work with that list. We had tons of success and hope you do too!