1. Teacher will show a slideshow on homophones (click attached link titled homophone slideshow) to review and model this skill. During the presentation the teacher will emphasize using context clues in the sentences to determine the correct usage of homophones.
2. Teacher will use a quick online homophone game (click attached link homophone slideshow game) to allow students to apply their knowledge of correct usage of each homophone according to the context of a sentence. During the game the students will use the small dry erase boards and dry erase markers to independently write the correct homophone choice. After the students have written their answer the teacher will show the correct answer and discuss why that was the correct choice.
3. Teacher will give each student a plastic Easter egg that has a slip of paper inside it with homophones written on it. Students will work with a partner. They will take turns opening their eggs. One student will read the homophones on the slips, then use each homophone in a sentence correctly. The other student partner will provide the correct spelling for the homophone according to how it was used in the sentence. The student partners will switch jobs and one student will read homophones and the other will tell the correct spelling.
4. The students will then fold a piece of construction paper in half. The students will use the pair of homophones from their eggs. They will write one homophone on each side of the fold. Underneath the word they will write the sentence they shared with their partner earlier in the activity. Students will share their sentences with the entire class. The students will give a thumbs-up signal or a thumbs-down signal according to the accuracy of the sentence shared.
5. Teacher will read the book Deer Dear, A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta to further enrich vocabulary skills and homophones. The teacher will emphasize to look and listen for homophones and their correct usage as the book is being read orally. The teacher will inform the students that after reading the book they will be asked to list as many homophones as they can in a homophone race.
6. The teacher will pass out the handout entitled "Homophone Race." The students will work with their partner in a homophone race in which they will write as many homophone pairs as they can in a 3-minute time span. After 3 minutes, the teacher will take up the race sheets and check them for accuracy of homophone pairs.
7. Teacher will share with the class the results of the homophone race activity and provide corrective feedback when necessary.