Thursday, October 18, 2007

Know a Homophone?

Yesterday my 3rd grade child asked me to help with homework. The assignment was to identify homophones.

Homo... what?

Homophones.

Golly, I don't remember studying this stuff in 3rd grade. How did get kids so smart?

Homophones are words that sound alike, though frequently are spelled differently, and have different meanings.

For example, there are several homophones in the following sentence:

If you buy a piece of wood at the store, and then eight more, you'll have a lot of money due.

Do you see them? The homophones are:

Buy-by
piece-peace
eight-ate
wood-would
due-do

My 3rd grader had to find homophones in 10 sentences. The paper assigned a goal of at least 40. We could only find 33.

This assignment with words is fun. In fact, here's a homophone dictionary.

Today, how many homophones can you see?

1 comment:

Jack said...

> If you buy a piece of wood at
> the store, and then eight more,
> you'll have a lot of money due.

Howzabout you-ewe and you'll-yule? And, due-do also has dew. Is that 35 or 36? :-)