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To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

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To, Too, or Two: Developing an Understanding of Homophones

Grades 3 – 5
Lesson Plan Type Minilesson
Estimated Time One 60-minute session
Lesson Author

Sarah Dennis-Shaw

Avon, Massachusetts


International Literacy Association


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Eva Martinez

March 22, 2014

Thanks for sharing the Homophones song this lesson is a great with helping students for learning to identify homophones.


Brooke Pixley

March 17, 2013

I think this lesson was very well organized and detailed. I liked that this teacher was able to not only give us a musical way of learning what homophones were, but also a physical activity related to the lesson. I really think this will help this particular skill, and word stick with them. This educator covered all of his/her bases by including many different interesting approaches to teaching a hard concept. I'm glad I had the opportunity to read this lesson, it is too hard for my current students right now; but maybe one day I will get to implement it into a lesson with modifications.


Camilla Sides

March 17, 2013

This is a cute lesson that I think students would enjoy. Using the song with a class is a wonderful way to keep the students engaged while they are learning about homophones. Playing the song several times for the students will help them remember the different words and the spellings for each homophone. I like the idea of using a skip to act out each word. The students I work with would enjoy this part of the lesson. When students interact in activities like this, they gain a better understanding of the skill being taught. They do not realize they are learning because they are having so much fun. Students like comic stripes and creating their own with the comic strip maker would give them more practice with homophones.
Thanks for the terrific mini lesson! I plan to share this with the teachers in my building.


stephanie s

March 17, 2013

I really enjoyed reading this lesson. Ideas are very helpful and can make learning fun and motivating while learning about homophones.


Sara L.

March 16, 2013

This is a great lesson on homophones. With being a special education teacher at the high school level they still struggle with homophones. I am going to try and put my LA class in groups and have them create a comic strip. Thanks for sharing this great lesson and website.


Sherri Shirrell

March 15, 2013

I think this is a great lesson plan. There are plenty of interactive activities to keep the students engaged in learning about homophones. I really liked the crossword puzzle extension and the comic creator. Great ideas and thank you for sharing.


Crystal Smith

March 15, 2013

I did actually try acting out homophones this week after reading this. It was a lot of fun! I am covering synonyms and antonyms which leads into this for next week. So we did a little practice with this today. The kids loved it.
I love doing songs with my lessons. I try to do them as much as possible. I still remember songs from my elementary grammar classes.


Kevin Swain

March 14, 2013

I like the idea of making learning fun for the students and to get them more involved with the lesson is a great idea. Having the students perform a skit and having their classmates guess the homophone I think would work great in a classroom instead of the teacher talking for 30 minutes to an hour and it would allow the students to see the lesson in a different point of view instead of the normal teaching method.


Ricky Keller

March 14, 2013

I thought this lesson was great. I think that this is a fun way to teach children homophones. With incorporating music into the lesson I think the kid will stay in gauged into the activities.


Crystal Smith

March 14, 2013

I love using music with lessons. It's something that gets stuck in your head and is easy to recall. I can still remember songs from when I was in elementary. I also think that including the skits is an awesome idea. I don't like to just use worksheets or class discussions on lessons on things like this because I know kids can get lost in day dreaming or get off track. Singing and having kids act out things really brings them into the lesson and makes it more fun for both teacher and student. I enjoy having my class interact with each other because I feel they learn from that experience more so than just working independently.


Lisa H

March 14, 2013

Loved the idea of using the comic strip maker. My kids would love doing this


sylvia ellis

March 13, 2013

This was my first time implementing this lesson and I absolutely loved it. I loved how Brian Mcknight and Cleo the Lion used homophones in their song. I thought it was fun and exciting for my students watch how Brian McKnight and Cleo compare homophones to object such as; read the book to the color red, the word meet to a piece of meat. My students also identified other homophones such as; no & know, right & write, but & butt, for & four, etc. My students did an amazing job on their skits and comic strips. They were able to comprehend and have fun at the same time. I would recommend this lesson to other teachers. This lesson plan really did extend my students undertstanding of homophones and I believe music played a major factor with their enjoyment of this lesson. It is a well-know fact that many people enjoy learning through music. Great Lesson.


Brandie Klinkhardt

March 12, 2013

I like the idea of this lesson. It sounds like it would involve all types of learners. I think lesson plans like these, which require actual physical and mental acitivity help the student to learn the task or skill much better. I really would like to try this with my students. I know that I would have to modifiy this some due to the lower levels of students, but I do in fact think this would be a great activity. I would also print out the lyrics, so my students could follow along reading with the song.


Jo B Moses

March 11, 2013

I really enjoyed this article, it was a great mini-lesson using homophones. Using homophones is fun and making learning fun is a great way for students to remember and learn better, and longer, even forever. The students will enjoy it and learn at the same time.


Katie Powell

March 09, 2013

Great lesson! I love all of the different elements and learning styles that are included. The students love songs and the kinesthetic and creative benefits of a skit are also a plus. The use of technology for the comic as well as extended worksheets is great. I think this lesson will be popular with all of my different types of learners.


Julie Kennedy

October 22, 2012

The song about homophones is so much fun and made the idea of what the word is (which is complicated enough for them to say) and what it means. I cannot wait to use that song to see how students respond and make learning homophones a fun learning activity.


Jennifer Sokolova

October 21, 2012

I really enjoyed this lesson. I think it is very important to put actions with words. Having them act it out only solidifies in ther brains what the homophones are. It is very easy to remember things when you put an action to it such as in math, science and especially spelling. Would love to put this into action in my room at this moment. We are working on homophones and this would be not only entertaining to the students but a good Lesson plan to help them learn and not just do something fun that would not have a great outcome. Thank You!


CoCo Reed

October 21, 2012

Thought this was a very good lesson plan. I always enjoy when music can be incorporated with learning and in this case learning homophones to music will definitely great for students and I canít wait to use it in the classroom.


Kara Wallacea

October 21, 2012

I have this lesson coming up in a few weeks and I am so glad I was introduced to this lesson plan. I loved the homophone song and I will for sure be using it a lot with my students.


Sonya Osborn

October 20, 2012

Love the lesson plan. The comic strip site is a great tool. Thanks.


Weldon Brown

October 17, 2012

I enjoyed this article and found it very neat. I agree with Valorie, the Homophones song are great with helping students understand what homophones are. With the songs, we can keep the childrens attention for a longer period of time. I would use this article to help me with the process of teaching meanings of word, and teaching Homeophones and reading concepts.



October 17, 2012

The lesson was well developed and provided a variety of activities to help students learn about homophones. The activities used help to reach all learners (ie. musical, spatial and linguistic). I believe students will enjoy it!


Amy Schoemehl

October 16, 2012

Between the Lions have wonderful extensions and introductory lessons that can make learning fun. I like the idea where you watch the video and write the words down as you see/hear a homophone. The students very easily could memorize the song. Thanks for sharing !


Tammy Gardner

October 15, 2012

This is a great mini lesson on homophones. My students love to act out skits so I will use this in my class. The comic strip is just a plus. Any student would love to make their own comic. The song is also a great idea for learning to identify homophones. I believe that as a mini lesson ,this will be an effective lesson.


Tammy Gardner

October 15, 2012

This is a great mini lesson on homophones. My students love to act out skits so I will use this in my class. The comic strip is just a plus. Any student would love to make their own comic. The song is also a great idea for learning to identify homophones. I believe that as a mini lesson , this will be an effective lesson.


Valorie Williams

January 04, 2011

Thanks for sharing. I love the homophones song. The ideas were a great help in creating a fun and memorable lesson.



October 13, 2010

Thank you for sharing. It's really helpful!



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