Homophones Practice Lists

Homophones, or “sound-alikes,” are words that are pronounced like another word, or words, but are different in meaning, origin, or spelling, such as their/there/they’re and to/too/two. Homophones practice lists are important to the writing and reading development of young learners.

Recognizing homophones is essential to correct spelling because even spell-check programs will not recognize them as spelling errors. Students begin learning in first grade to identify and use context clues to determine the correct meaning of sound-alike words (to, too; for, four), and later use a dictionary or rely on memory to spell the word from their lists of homophones for kids correctly.

Though homophone words are a common source of confusion, the lessons exploring their meanings can be especially fun and interesting, from the frequently used (ate/eight, deer/dear, flew/flu) to the more unusual (baron/barren, bouillon/bullion, gorilla/guerilla).

Learn about more Frequently Confused Words with out homonyms, heteronyms/homographs and capitonyms spelling lists. Pairing these lists with homonym, heteronym, homograph, capitonym, or homophone games can help improve knowledge retention in your students!


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Common Core State Standards Related to Homophones

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking: Correctly use frequently confused words (e.g., to, too, two; there, their).

Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 4 reading and content, choosing flexibly from a range of strategies.

Use context (e.g., definitions, examples, cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text, or restatements in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Use context (e.g., cause/effect relationships and comparisons in text) as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.

Identify new meanings for familiar words and apply them accurately (e.g., knowing duck is a bird and learning the verb to duck).

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1st Grade Homophones Practice Lists:

  • List 1: to, two, one, won, be, bee, in, inn, sun, son
  • List 2: for, four, see, sea, I, eye, meet, meat, ant, aunt

2nd Grade Homophone Word Lists:

  • List 1: toe, tow, week, weak, mane, main, tail, tale, our, hour
  • List 2: bare, bear, so, sew, here, hear, dear, deer, grown, groan

3rd Grade Homophone Practice Lists:

  • List 1: hare, hair, sail, sale, wait, weight, their, there, maid, made
  • List 2: hole, whole, medal, metal, knight, night, fur, fir, right, write
  • List 3: road, rode, piece, peace, cents, sense, ate, eight, threw, through

4th Grade Lists of Homophones:

  • List 1: peak, peek, seam, seem, feat, feet, steal, steel, flea, flee
  • List 2: male, mail, pale, pail, days, daze, rays, raise, vane, vain, vein
  • List 3: pair, pare, pear, stair, stare, loan, lone, flour, flower, principle, principal

5th Grade Common Homophones:

  • List 1: throne, thrown, doe, dough, clothes, close, waist, waste, brake, break
  • List 2: cent, scent, sent, wear, where, site, sight, cite, berry, bury
  • List 3: which, witch, pedal, peddle, bored, board, sweet, suite, creek, creak

6th Grade Homophone Practice Lists:

  • List 1: affect, effect, allowed, aloud, aisle, isle, I’ll, patience, patients
  • List 2: weather, whether, accept, except, ceiling, sealing, hanger, hangar, alter, altar

7th Grade Homophone Word Lists:

  • List 1: vile, vial, wave, waive, addition, edition, horse, hoarse, manor, manner
  • List 2: sensor, censor, bizarre, bazaar, heel, heal, carrot, carat, miner, minor

8th Grade Homophone Spelling Lists:

  • List 1: sole, soul, rain, reign, rein, pause, paws, wail, whale, heard, herd
  • List 2: naval, navel, sheer, shear, air, heir, scene, seen, presence, presents

9th Grade Homophone Practice Lists:

  • List 1: cellar, seller, allusion, illusion, capital, capitol, symbol, cymbal, compliment, complement
  • List 2: boarder, border, council, counsel, genes, jeans, bridal, bridle, incite, insight
  • List 3: whine, wine, mall, maul, muscle, mussel, slay, sleigh, course, coarse

10th Grade Lists of Homophones:

  • List 1: discreet, discrete, loot, lute, currant, current, profit, prophet, borough, burrow
  • List 2: carrot, karat, moose, mousse, ascent, assent, lessen, lesson, aid, aide

11th Grade Homophone Practice Lists:

  • List 1: dual, duel, cereal, serial, idle, idol, faint, feint, wrote, rote
  • List 2: baron, barren, birth, berth, knead, need, mantle, mantel, leased, least

12th Grade Homophone Lists:

  • colonel, kernel, palette, pallet, palate, morning, mourning, canvas, canvass, gorilla, guerilla

An integral part of developing vocabulary and spelling skills is to learn and understand the meanings of words that sound alike, but are spelled differently and have different meanings. VocabularySpellingCity provides homophone practice lists and other types of words, printables, and interactive homophone games and activities that give students the opportunity to practice using sound-alike words.

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