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Spell Homophones

In this worksheet, students will learn how to spell some common homophones (male/mail, ball/bawl).

'Spell Homophones ' worksheet

Key stage:  KS 2

Year:  Year 3 English worksheets

Curriculum topic:   Writing: Transcription

Curriculum subtopic:   Homophone Awareness

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Worksheet Overview

In this activity, we're going to to be looking at common homophones and how to spell them.


Homophones are words that sound the same, but mean different things and are spelt differently.


For example bear and bare.  


Read those two words out loud - did you notice that they sound exactly the same?  

They have completely different meanings though.

Let's look at each of them in a sentence:


The bear was prowling through the forest.


Brown bear walking on all fours


On hot days I like to take off my socks and have bare feet.



In this activity, we are going to practise spelling two pairs of homophones:

male and mail

ball and bawl


Let's look at these in a sentence so we can understand their different meanings:


This boy is a male.


knot in a rope


Humans and animals are either male or female.  Men and boys are male.  


I will send this letter in the mail.


red envelope containing a blank sheet of paper.


Mail has a similar meaning to post.  It can be used as a verb or a noun.



Catch the ball!


beach ball


A ball is a spherical object, often used to play games and sports.


The baby let out a bawl.


cartoon baby crying


To bawl is to noisily cry or yell.


Are you ready to have a go at practising the use of these homophones now?

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