What's a frank frank? A hot dog who gives his honest opinion. Find some fun ideas for teaching homographs to your elementary students. They'll learn about the sometimes confusing world of homographs--words that are spelled alike, but are pronounced differently and have different meanings.
1. Homograph Jeopardy:
Divide the class into teams. Make a jeopardy board dividing with the easiest worth a 100 points (for example a piece of sports equipment or an animal.The student would have to answer what is a bat.) The more the point value, the harder the question. For example, thin or slant means lean). You can make your own Jeopardy template online, http://jeopardylabs.com/. See below for a sample list of homographs.
2. Creative Writing:
Challenge the students to see who can use the most homographs in a story and still have it make sense. See a sample list below.
The Dove Dove: Funny Homograph Riddles by Marvin Terban
This book is geared for grades 3rd through 6th and could easily be used for several different types of classroom projects. Mr. Terban uses great illustrations to lead the readers through a variety of homographs. This book is divided into five sections that look at the different types. Each makes it very easy to use as an introduction for them.
Sample List of Homographs
arms – weapons OR parts of the body
bass - type of fish OR low, deep voice
bat- piece of sports equipment OR an animal
bow - type of knot OR to incline
date – fruit OR companion
down - a lower place OR soft fluff on a bird
entrance - the way in OR to delight
evening - smoothing out OR after sunset
fast – quick OR starve
fine - of good quality OR a levy
fly – insect OR move through air
learned - past tense of learn OR knowledgeable
minute - tiny OR unit of time
moped - was gloomy OR motorcycle
number - more numb OR numerical value
pop – sound OR soda OR father
ring – circle OR sound of bell
row - line OR oar a boat
sewer - drain OR person who sews
wave - move the hand in greeting OR sea water coming into shore
well – good OR place for getting water