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Identify the Related Homonym

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

'Identify the Related Homonym' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Curriculum topic:   Verbal Reasoning

Curriculum subtopic:   Multiple Meanings

Difficulty level:  

Worksheet Overview

QUESTION 1 of 10

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

 

The lion needed to stalk its prey.

The leaves were attached to the stalk.

 

That’s right. The word stalk 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: stalk could mean to follow or be part of a plant.

 

       

    


 

Below are two groups of words which may appear to be unrelated. You need to find one word which fits equally well with both groups (so it needs to be a homonym). 

(Holiday, Outing)   (Fall, Stumble) 

 

Which word from the list below fits with both groups?

a) Break

b) Trip

c) Excursion

d) Vacation

The answer is 'trip' because it fits with both of the word groups and their associated meanings!

 

      

 

Let’s try another: 

(Healthy, Fit)   (Skilfully, Correctly) 

 

Which word fits with both these groups of words? 

a) Well

b) Nicely

c) Impressively

d) Satisfactorily

 

The answer is 'well' as it is a synonym of healthy and is also a word for doing things skilfully or correctly.

                          


 

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

Pssst! Here’s a handy hint to help you reach superstar status: the word you choose has to match all of the definitions provided.

 

 

Welcome word detective!

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below.

 

(Cleaning, Sweeping)

(Sprinkle, Scatter) 

 

Powder

Hoovering

Dusting

Wiping

In this sentence below, what does the homonym 'monitor' mean?

 

Amelia was so proud to be the new book corner monitor for her class.

 

Amelia is in charge of keeping the book corner tidy

Amelia is going to set up a computer in the book corner

Amelia is the only person allowed to use the book corner

Amelia needs to watch everyone else use the book corner

Select the two definitions of the word 'speaker' from the options below.

 

Amelia is in charge of keeping the book corner tidy

Amelia is going to set up a computer in the book corner

Amelia is the only person allowed to use the book corner

Amelia needs to watch everyone else use the book corner

How's it going, word detective? You're almost halfway through the activity so it's about to get more challenging.

 

Type the word below which fits with both of these definitions.

 

Someone who needs to see a doctor.

Waiting for something without complaining.

 

 

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Business, Organisation)

(Friendship, Companion)

 

Present

Company

Team

Group

We're over halfway through already word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

(Use the word type in brackets to help you.)

 

Column A

Column B

Spell (noun)
Leave or abandon someone
Spell (verb)
Write a word with letters in the correct order
Desert (verb)
Short period of time
Desert (noun)
Hot, dry, barren area

Select the two definitions of the word shower from the options below.

Choose one from each list - you'll find nouns on one side and verbs on the other! 

 

Column A

Column B

Spell (noun)
Leave or abandon someone
Spell (verb)
Write a word with letters in the correct order
Desert (verb)
Short period of time
Desert (noun)
Hot, dry, barren area

Select the most likely definition of the homonym 'board' next to each sentence.

 

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

a) A plank of wood

b) Group of people in charge

c) Get onto a vehicle

d) Cover up something 

 Plank of woodGroup of peopleGet onCover over
It's nearly time to board the plane
The board of directors made the decision
We need to board up the smashed window
The boy showed off his tricks on his new board

'Channel' can be a verb, which means to direct something. For example, you are channelling your energy into your 11 plus practice!

 

Select the other two definitions for the word channel from the list below.

 

 

A TV or radio program

A TV or radio station

A port or harbour

A stretch of water

The current in the sea

Wow! We're at the last question already, great determination word detective.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below.

 

(Pillar, Pole)

(List, Table)

 

Row

Line

Column

Post

  • Question 1

Welcome word detective!

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below.

 

(Cleaning, Sweeping)

(Sprinkle, Scatter) 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Dusting
EDDIE SAYS
Do you ever help out with the dusting at home? You might use a feather duster like in the picture to make all the surfaces in your home clean and shiny. Funnily enough, the other meaning of dusting is almost the opposite, as it is when powder is sprinkled around. For example, if there is very light snowfall, we call that a dusting of snow. I suppose because it looks a little like dust.
  • Question 2

In this sentence below, what does the homonym 'monitor' mean?

 

Amelia was so proud to be the new book corner monitor for her class.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Amelia is in charge of keeping the book corner tidy
EDDIE SAYS
Are you a monitor for anything at school? Monitors are the people in charge of keeping an area tidy or who do a specific job. In this case, Amelia would make sure that the books are on the shelves and the cushions and chairs are neat. There are some monitors whose job it is to watch others doing something to make sure it's done properly, but that isn't what Amelia's being asked to do here. If your teacher is monitoring your behaviour, they are observing and checking your behaviour, so it is also a verb. In the image above a woman is monitoring her heart rate. Did you realise why one of the answers mentioned a computer? The screen of a computer is called the monitor. Again, that doesn't make sense here, but it's useful to know all three definitions of monitor!
  • Question 3

Select the two definitions of the word 'speaker' from the options below.

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Someone who stands up and gives a speech is simply called a speaker. Sometimes speakers come in to give special talks in schools. Now think about your TV, radio or any other devices you have. The part of the device that gives out the sound is called the speaker. Yes, we can control the volume, but the word speaker doesn't specifically refer to the volume.
  • Question 4

How's it going, word detective? You're almost halfway through the activity so it's about to get more challenging.

 

Type the word below which fits with both of these definitions.

 

Someone who needs to see a doctor.

Waiting for something without complaining.

 

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Patient
EDDIE SAYS
Well done if you knew the correct homonym here and spelled it correctly! Patients at the doctors are those people waiting to see the doctor. As for the other definition, it does link to the idea of waiting, as someone who waits for something calmly or without moaning or fidgeting is described as being patient.
  • Question 5

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below. 

 

(Business, Organisation)

(Friendship, Companion)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Company
EDDIE SAYS
If you can think of any businesses, shops and restaurants, they are all owned by a company. Maybe your parents or someone else in your family work for a company? The other meaning of company refers to being with other people. Sometimes it's nice to be on your own, while other times it's enjoyable to have company, or friends and companions, around you. You can identify that company and companion are from the same word family.
  • Question 6

We're over halfway through already word detective!

 

Match the homonyms below to their correct definitions.

(Use the word type in brackets to help you.)

 

CORRECT ANSWER

Column A

Column B

Spell (noun)
Short period of time
Spell (verb)
Write a word with letters in the ...
Desert (verb)
Leave or abandon someone
Desert (noun)
Hot, dry, barren area
EDDIE SAYS
Let's take spell first. The verb links to spelling, as we learn to spell words with letters in the correct place. As for the noun, you might have heard it on the weather before, when the forecaster tells us we are about to have a hot spell of weather, which means a period of time where it's sunny and warm. Now for desert. If you desert someone, you leave them behind. It has a slightly different pronunciation to the noun, which is the desert we relate to sandy, dry areas with cacti and animals adapted to live without much water. Ask an adult if you're not sure what the difference is in how they sound.
  • Question 7

Select the two definitions of the word shower from the options below.

Choose one from each list - you'll find nouns on one side and verbs on the other! 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
EDDIE SAYS
Most people have showers in their homes. They spray water on you to wash you, just like in the picture above! Shower can also be used as a verb, but it might have been a tricky one to spot. Have you ever heard someone say that they have showered a person with praise, or showered someone with gifts? If so, that might help you to realise that shower here means to give lots of something to someone. This might not have been what you expected, as you might have thought that there would be another water-related meaning, so be cautious with this one.
  • Question 8

Select the most likely definition of the homonym 'board' next to each sentence.

 

 

Choose from the definitions below: 

a) A plank of wood

b) Group of people in charge

c) Get onto a vehicle

d) Cover up something 

CORRECT ANSWER
 Plank of woodGroup of peopleGet onCover over
It's nearly time to board the plane
The board of directors made the decision
We need to board up the smashed window
The boy showed off his tricks on his new board
EDDIE SAYS
Did you realise there were so many definitions for the word board? It's useful to spot whether it's being used as a noun or verb, especially as the verb 'board' when you cover something up usually refers to covering it with the noun 'board' as in a plank of wood. Notice in our example that the plank of wood has been made into something fun, as in a skateboard, so we don't have to just think of planks of wood like floorboards! The other verb is when we board a plane or a ship when we go on holiday. The other noun is probably the one you would use least, especially when you're a child. In a company, the board are the group of people in charge, who make important decisions.
  • Question 9

'Channel' can be a verb, which means to direct something. For example, you are channelling your energy into your 11 plus practice!

 

Select the other two definitions for the word channel from the list below.

 

 

CORRECT ANSWER
A TV or radio station
A stretch of water
EDDIE SAYS
Which TV channels do you like watching? These are the particular stations you watch. Remember, they show lots of different programs, so we can't select the first option as that is just one program. The second correct definition is a stretch of water, for example, the water between Dover and Calais is called the English Channel. It's only 20 miles from England to France so this is actually quite a short stretch of water.
  • Question 10

Wow! We're at the last question already, great determination word detective.

 

Choose the homonym that fits with the meaning of both sets of words in the brackets below.

 

(Pillar, Pole)

(List, Table)

 

CORRECT ANSWER
Column
EDDIE SAYS
A line of columns is shown in the picture above. Pillars like these are often seen on grand buildings. We also use columns to organise information. In a table, information that goes down, one underneath the other, is called a column, while the information that goes side to side sits within a row. Ask an adult to show you an example if you're not sure! Excellent effort today Word Detective, you're all done here! Your EdPlace team hope this activity has helped you develop your ability to identify homonyms through given definitions.
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