Homonyms, Homophones, Words with Multiple Meanings
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Just for fun with older students: this page explains the sentence and demonstrates how words can have multiple meanings.
English Spelling Games
A list of sites using interactive whiteboards to teach homophones.
In this video (1:29) two singers introduce students to the definition of homophones and to specific examples: read and red, here and hear, know and no, right and write, meet and meat.
This page lists 441 British English homophones.
"Seven days that are not strong are a weak week" and other sentence completions. Two-page worksheet; Adobe Reader required.
Many Meanings of Cool
In this video segment (1:33) from Between the Lions, the Lions and Sierra sing about the many or homophone meanings of the word cool, such as: temperature, temperament, being hip, not enthused, neat, so good you're bad, and "too cool" if you don't smile at folks you've met.
This activity helps prepare students for standardized testing of multiple-meaning words. Access requires Adobe Reader or compatible application.
Multiple Meaning Words
A list of 130 multiple-meaning words, emphasizing the difference between noun and verb. Click on the word to see sample sentences.
Multiple Meanings Game
In this activity each student will have a card on which a word's meaning is written. The object of the game is for each student to identify the word that goes with the meaning on his/her card; then the student must find the classmate who holds a card that has another meaning for the same word. Appropriate for grades K-8.
Super Match Game
In this game students match homophones to reveal a hidden picture.
Why is English so hard to learn?
From the "Just for Fun" files, 21 sentences illustrating some complexities of English.
Words with Multiple Meanings
In this 2:09 video students learn about words with multiple meanings and how to use a dictionary. Follow the link on the right to a lesson on words with multiple meanings. Designed for adult learners, will work with 7th grade and older.