Homophone Puzzles

homophone puzzles for grades 3-5

One of the hardest skills for my students last year was spelling, especially when it came to homophones.

They would be calling me or asking their friends for help on how to spell lots of words. I cannot tell you how many journal entries I read that used witch instead of which, or there instead of their!

I wanted to put together a game that would be a fun way for them to connect the different spellings of these words with contextual sentences.

I made them a homophone dictionary that gives a simple definition for each word. If the students are unsure on which spelling of the word would complete the puzzle they can use the dictionary as a reference tool.

homophone puzzle dictionary

Each context sentence has two of the different homophones that could fit in the sentence. I laminated the puzzles so they can circle the correct answer.

homophone puzzles for grades 3-5

I included score sheets, and a sample, so students can work on this independently in literacy centers or small groups during Word Study. I like to use these score sheets to quickly assess their understanding after they have finished these activities. 

I included an Answer Key as well. I like to have my students grade their score sheets themselves before handing them in. They simply check their answers and give themselves 1 point for each sentence that matches the homophone correctly! It is a quick way to have them see and understand what each spelling and context means.

homophone answer key

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  1. I like these alot! I would have my 4th grade ELL's use them during Word Work- they need so much help with homophones, homonyms, homograms (is that a thing?) well, they need help with everything!

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  2. These are so cool... I would use them a literacy center in my library. I also teach RTI classes and focus a lot on voc. They would be perfect. If I don't win, I've wish listed them! http://mrsbrownthebookworm.blogspot.com/

  3. I would use these in SO many ways! Daily five groups, intervention, spelling practice. They are so cute!

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  4. These are great! I would incorporate them into my Word Work rotation and use them with my RTI groups as needed.
    You are so creative!

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  5. I would use these during Daily 5 word work and small group intervention. So many of my 3rd grade students struggle with homophones and these would help a lot!
    Thanks for the chance to win!

  6. these would work great in my word work center, I love them!

  7. These look awesome! i would use these during Word Study and small group! LOVE!

    Christina :)
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  8. These are totally amazing. You have definitely put a lot of love and effort into it. Thanks!
    I would use this activity during my Daily 5 and as a fast finisher. What a great way to engage the students.

  9. It is so important for students (and teachers - my pet peeve) to learn homophones!! This looks wonderful!