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Spot and Explain Homonyms in Sentences

In this worksheet, students will find the word that matches all of its explanatory definitions, the word will be a homonym. This will build students’ vocabulary and comprehension skills.

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'Spot and Explain Homonyms in Sentences' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 11+ worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

Welcome word detective! You’re just in time to help us with the latest puzzle, what a stroke of luck!


What do you notice about the word rock in the two sentences below?

Sally needs to gently rock the baby’s cot.

Jack picked up a rock from the ground.


We’ll give you a clue...the word rock means something completely different in each sentence!

Some words are spelled the same but have more than one meaning, we call these homonyms.

For example: rock could be a swaying movement or a hard piece of the ground.




Below are two different meanings for a word which is spelled the same (a homonym). 

To look at someone.

An item used to tell the time.


Which word do these sentences define?

a) jump

b) watch

c) hand

d) cold


The answer is watch because it matches both of the meanings!


Let’s try another:

The sound a dog makes.

The outer part of a tree trunk.

Which word do these sentences define?

a) yap

b) leaf

c) bark

d) ground


The answer is bark as it matches both of the meanings! 



In this activity, you will need to be a homonym hunter and match words to their meanings.


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Here's a handy hint to help you reach superstar status:

You may want to use a dictionary for any words you find tricky. You can then write them down on a piece of paper and start your own collection of new words!


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