Homophones are words that sound the same, but have different meanings. Usually they are spelled differently, but they can also be spelled the same. An easy way to remember this is to remember that you listen and speak when you are on a phone. When you hear the word “phone” in homophone, remember that it means that the words sound the same or are pronounced the same. Here are some examples of homophones that are spelled differently and have different meanings:
paws/pause, flee/flea, pole/poll, ate/eight, one/won
Here are a few homophones that sound the same and are also spelled the same, but have different meanings:
rose (the flower) and rose (past tense of rise), bear (the animal) and bear (to tolerate)
Getting the hang of homophones takes practice. Online activities are one way to help children learn more about homophones. Online games keep kids entertained, while helping them learn and practice important skills. They may be given one word and asked to add its homophone or they may be asked to match different pairs of words to make sets of homophones. Things like homophones can be a little tricky, but elementary homophone games can help students learn both the meanings and spellings of the words.