Teaching Homophones- Going Batty!


Do you teach your students about homophones? They pack a lot of punch for teaching important spelling concepts! I love to introduce homophones in context during shared reading (homophones pop up often in many big books) or a read aloud. Recently, I found a cute picture book in our school library that was the perfect tie-in for homophones. After reading it with my class, I adapted a great fall freebie from a Cupcake for the Teacher and used it as a homophone craftivity...take a look!

Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom


I know many of you cannot share Halloween-related stories, but Which Witch is Which, by Pat Hutchins, is actually about a child's birthday (it's a costume party, but NOT Halloween), so you can justify this, in my opinion!

Two twin sisters dressed as witches attend the party, and the question throughout the book is, "Which witch is which?"


We discussed the meanings of the words <which> and <witch> and talked about how they were built; in English there are many different graphemes (single letters/digraphs/trigraphs) to represent phonemes (sounds). To read more about this, click HERE.

Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Next, we brainstormed a list of homophone pairs and trios on the whiteboard. I write one homophone pair on a sticky note for each child to transfer to their bat. Now we were ready to get our craft on!

I used Teri's FREEBIE and had my kiddos trace and cut the bat parts out of black construction paper.
Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

They wrote the homophones on the bat wings, and then wrote sentences using the words to show what they meant.
Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom

Here are some final products...
Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
Craft for Introducing Homophones, Creating a Thoughtful Classroom
I thought this one was so sweet!








My kiddos had a blast making this seasonal craft while exploring language and spelling! We will continue to be on watch for other homophones. If you'd like to read a previous post on our homophone wall, click HERE.

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