As a teacher, I can’t seem to help myself. Finding grammar and spelling mistakes in magazines, in newspapers, on websites and on signs almost seems to be a hobby for me. Sometimes I really wish I didn’t care but the fact is that I do!
So as a teacher I know the value of using homophones correctly! I cringe when I see ‘your’ used instead of ‘you’re’ or ‘there’ used instead of ‘their’.
That’s why I love doing homophone activities with the kids so that hopefully their use of homophones will usually be correct!
One of my favorite Homophone games is Coffeepot! I came across this game very early in my teaching career and have used it over and over with many different grades.
If you haven’t played Coffeepot before, I hope you will become a fan too and I know that if you do, the kids will thank you!
Coffeepot Homophone Game
This is a really simple game to play in the classroom and best of all it requires no prep on your part!
Three or four children are chosen to be IN and sent out of the room. The others select a homophone pair (words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, e.g. see, sea; here, hear; night, knight).
The students then return to the room. The class now give sentences containing one of the words but replace the word with the word ‘coffeepot’, e.g. I can ‘coffeepot’ you. The ‘coffeepot’ is calm today.
The first student to guess the homophone pair is the winner. Ask the winner to spell both homophones. Then use this opportunity to discuss the meaning of both!
Another great game is Which Word?
Which Word? Homophone Game
Each student needs small cards to write homophones on. Students write the homophones to be studied on separate cards, e.g. whose, who’s.
The teacher gives a sentence using one of the homophones and the students pick up and hold the correct card, keeping it covered until the teacher calls “Show!” Students score 1 point if correct. Repeat several times then select a new set of homophones to study. Of course if you prefer the students can also give sentences for the game.
I have also created some printable Homophone Games and Homophone Pick, Clip Check Cards if you would like more homophone resources. You can see more about these in at my Teachers Pay Teachers store! Just click on the image to go to my store.
These Homophone Games and cards have board games that require the correct use of the homophones and also have cards that can be used in the game or used to make a word wall. These are available in
I also have my Homophone Pick, Flip Check Cards which have children clip the homophones that fit in the sentences then flip the cards to see if they are correct.
The Homophone Flip Cards are great practice at correct usage of homophones. Try the Homophone Pick, Flip Check! Freebies and see for yourself how much the kids will Flip over them!
I hope you and the kiddos have heaps of fun with these homophone games and activities!