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.
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.
Words with Multiple Meaning
This slide presentation asks students to match a sentence with another sentence in which the underlined word has the same meaning. Access requires MS-PowerPoint or compatible application.