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Understand Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn examples of common homophones and find the correct homophone to complete a sentence.

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'Understand Homophones' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophones

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Worksheet Overview

Welcome back, word detective!

Your EdPlace team are pleased to see you and we have another word puzzle on our hands and we need your help.

 

What do you notice about the following words?

to  two too

 

That’s right, they all sound the same but they are spelled differently. Words like this are called homophones.

 

We need to know when to use each of these words:

 

to

When we are talking about where someone is going. 

 

two

When we mean the number 2.

 

too

When we are agreeing with someone

or when we mean 'a lot'.

 

 

Using these meanings, which word would best complete the following sentence?

I have ____ (to/two/too) brothers.

 

The best answer is two as we mean the number 2, so the sentence would be: I have two brothers.

 

three children climbing a climbing frame


 

Let’s take a look at another set of homophones:

by bye buy

 

When do we use each of these words?

 

by

When we are saying what something or someone is beside.

 

bye

When we are saying goodbye.

 

buy

When we are paying money for something.

 

 

Using this information, which word would best complete this sentence?

My dad is standing ____ (by/bye/buy) the door.

 

The correct answer is by because the sentence is about where dad is standing, so: My dad is standing by the door.

 

cartoon open door


Here is our final set of homophones:

there  their they’re

 

When do we use each of these words?

 

there

When we are talking about where something is or an idea.

 

their

When something belongs to someone.

 

they’re

When we want to say they are.

 

 

Using this information, which word would best complete this sentence?

I would like to go to ____ (there/their/they’re) house.

 

The best answer is their as the house belongs to them, so: I would like to go to their house.

 

old cottage

 

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  Pssst!!            

Top Tip: The best way to get to grips with pesky homophones is to write them down in your vocab book. This way, you can learn what each spelling means.


It’s now your turn to hunt the homophones.

Good luck!

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