By Deborah Ellermeyer and Judith Rowell
Three delightful activities—plus a sight words poem—to help children learn about homophones!
• Homophone Help (objectives)
- to recognize sight words that are homophones
- to use homophones correctly in a sentence
• Our Homophone Book (objectives)
- to write and illustrate sentences for homophones
• Homophone Stories (objectives)
- to locate homophones in picture books
The poem features words from the Dolch list, a widely recognized list of sight words. Along with the companion activities, this poem presents an opportunity to introduce children to specific elements of language such as parts of speech, word families, and more! Includes a copy of the poem (I'm All Mixed Up), three activities, plus teaching tips!
Text is patterned and predictable, perfect for emergent or beginning readers! Research has repeatedly demonstrated that the use of patterned and predictable text is extremely beneficial (Rasinski and Padak, 2001). Using predictable materials not only assists in sight word development but encourages children to use context clues when encountering unknown words, and also creates positive feelings about reading aloud (Bridge, Winograd, and Haley, 1983). The rhythmic nature of poetry and the use of rhyme provide a helpful scaffold for children. Children can use background knowledge, context clues, and their own sense of rhythm and rhyme to help them decode unfamiliar words!