Is it Then or Than?: Honing Your Homophones

Is it it’s or its? Then or than? What about your or you’re? These are homophones — words that sound alike but have different spellings and meanings. They are commonly mixed up among students, and unfortunately, adults, as well. ALL. THE. TIME.

In no particular oder, these are seven of some of the most commonly confused homophones:

  1. then / than
  2. your / you’re
  3. it’s / its
  4. who’s / whose
  5. here / hear
  6. to / too / two
  7. there / their / they’re

To support students (and even adults!) in honing this skill, I developed a series of homophone task cards. Sold individually, each set includes 32 task cards for practice (color and b&w included), definition poster, answer recording sheet, and answer key.

The most efficient way to practice any skill is by using more than one strategy. And mastering homophones is certainly no exception. Take a look at examples from a few of my sets.

Fill in the blank.

In this first example, students read the sentence or short story, and then fill in the blank with the correct form of the homophone.

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Decide if the homophone is used correctly. 

In this next example, students read the sentence on each card and then decide if the underlined homophone is correct or incorrect. If incorrect, students use the answer recording sheet to mark “incorrect”, and then write the sentence correctly.

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Use acquired knowledge to generate sentences.

This last example encourages students to both demonstrate their knowledge of each homophone they’ve practiced and show-off their creativity by generating specific types of sentences using each form of the homophone. Each set includes cards that ask students to create declarative, interrogative, exclamatory, and imperative sentences with each homophone.

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TO vs. TOO vs. TWO

Interested in using any of these sets to help your students (or an adult you know) effectively master this skill?  Check out the links below to further view and/or purchase these sets from my store.

Slide1Click here to preview the HERE vs. HEAR set.
Click here to preview the YOUR vs. YOU’RE set.
Click here to preview the THERE vs. THEIR vs. THEY’RE set.
Click here to preview the THEN vs. THAN set.
Click here to preview the TO vs. TOO vs. TWO set.
Click here to preview the IT’S vs. ITS set.

Slide7Click here to preview the WHO’S vs. WHOSE set.

 If you use any of these sets, let me know how it went!
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