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I often have my students create a class book with the information that we are learning about. One of those class books is a "Homophone Collection" book. We start this at the beginning of the year, and add to it all year long. At the beginning of the year, I model creating the pages. Later in the year, students create their own pages to go in the book. Each page has a space at the top to write the words that are homophones. Then there is a space to use each homophone in a sentence. At the bottom of the page, I write a "challenge" sentence that uses all of the homophones.

As we create pages, I add them to a binder that stays in our reading corner. Students often seek this book out during reading time, but it also doubles as a reference book. When students ask how to spell a word, I direct them to check this book if I know that it is a word that we have already added.

In this post, you'll find:

-a document that has two options for a title page, and

-a document with to be filled in with homophones that the class finds (There is a page for homophones with 2 spellings, and a page for homophones with 3 spellings. If we come across homophones with more spellings than that, I just write them in te margins or squeeze them into available white-space.)

-a picture of what a finished page might look like.


A few tips if you are planning to give this a try:

-If possible, I draw a little illustration of each word above its spelling.

-I write each homophone in a different colour, which is also used to write the sentence and that word in the challenge sentence.

-I often write a word sum or a few words from a word family in the margins.

-Students enjoy generating these sentences. I always ask for their ideas. 085446

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Love to see teacher posts about homophones from long ago and today surfacing to the top of Real Spellers!
I'm pointing to this page after my 2-hour course on the homophone principle and function vs lexical (content) words. These orthographic concepts are so illuminating about how our whole spelling system works. It's so great to ALSO have illustrations of revealing these concepts in classroom contexts!

Thanks team!


Peter Bowers
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Thanks so much for this great post!

Here are a couple of other articles on this topic from teachers who are also investigating homophones with their classes:

The Homophone Project

315 Homophones and Counting

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Thank you for pointing out these other resources! Studying homophones is so rich for helping students to see that meaning is primary in spelling.

Amber Cahill
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