Students often confuse homonyms -- words which are pronounced alike though spelled differently and have different meanings. Furthermore, for students adept at the computer, spell check will not catch these errors of confusion. See how many homonyms you can find in today's read-aloud story, "Moondogs." Some are written below along with a game to play with your child.
14 index cards cut in half
8 1/2-by-11-inch unlined drawing or copy paper
black felt-tipped marker
Getting Ready: Write each homonym from List 1 on nine of the index cards. Then write a large "X" on five more cards and an "O" on another five cards. With the marker, make a tic-tac-toe board to fit the size of the unlined paper. In each square on the board, write one of the homonyms from List 2.
Turn the List 1 word cards face down. Each player chooses to be either "X" or "O" and takes those cards. The player who goes first draws a card from the face down pile. He must read the word and use it correctly in a sentence. He then finds its homonym on the game board and uses that word appropriately in a sentence. If he is correct, he can place his "X" or "O" in that square. The next player proceeds in the same way. The first player to get three "X's" or three "O's" in a row wins.
List 1 List 2
Tip: You may want to read the words with your child before playing.