Homonyms - Homophone Worksheets

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Worksheet 1. S Watson

Homonyms (like "fair" as in pale, pretty, equal, or a festival) and homophones (such as "fair" with "fare," like food or a toll) often confuse students with disabilities and all too often are confused by adults. How many adults do you know who regularly confuse their, there and they're? Since we have become reliant on "spell check," our computers may miss a "usage" error, which is an error that usually comes from using the wrong form of the word. 

These worksheets actually focus on usage with homophones. In order to understand, we need to consider that . . .

Homonyms are actually multiple meanings for a word that is spelled the same way. Examples include treat (The doctor treats diseases, but the dog likes treat.) and turn (Turn around or take your turn.)

Homophones are words that sound the same but are spelled differently. They also have different meanings. These worksheets deal with Homophones, even though they are labeled homonyms. The challenge is for students to know differences. 

Using the Worksheets

My predecessor stated that these worksheets teach the homonyms. I do not agree. They do give students practice in identifying the correct usage, but students need to know which form has which meaning. That has to be taught. 

Teach the Homonym Pairs

Introduce the pairs on word cards for a wall chart and perhaps later for a word wall. Give a definition for each spelling. Then have students in pairs make a poster that uses a new sentence with each of the words in the word pair accompanied by pictures. Example:


  • Aloud: When something is said or sounded in a way that it can be heard.
  • example: She was afraid to say his name aloud since he might run away.
  • Allowed: When an activity is permitted.
  • example: They were allowed to take out the checkers and play during recess. 

Put your posters, in pairs, on the walls. Then use the homophones in spelling tests or dictations. Let students use the words on the walls to remember the appropriate spelling for the words you use in the tests or dictations. 

A worksheet with a and b pairs (#9 reminds me that Sue is Canadian. They say "been" like "bean." It is not a homophone in the United States. 

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Worksheet # 10. S. Watson