[Surfnetkids: 04 Feb 2009] Homophones

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#1. February 4, 2009

Barbara J. Feldman
Dear Reader,

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For the preschool and kindergarten crowd (you know who you are!), I’ve announced my newest site: Alphabet Coloring. The basic premise of the site is free, printable ABC letters to color. We have fifteen different, decorative alphabets. Some are uppercase, others lowercase. They are arranged on the site both by alphabet style and by letter. Meaning you can look at all the “Letter A’s” on a single page. Or you can peruse the entire “Whimsical Lowercase Alphabet” at once.

You can read the rest of my comments about the new AlphabetColoring.net site, including my favorite parts, at my blog: Alphabet Coloring Pages.

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#3. Homophones

by Barbara J. Feldman

Homophones Printable (** for premium members only)

A homophone is a group of words that sound the same, but are spelled differently and have different meanings, such as “to, too, and two.” Homophones are a special kind of a homonym, which in addition to words that are spelled differently, includes words that are spelled the same but still have different meanings, such as the stalk of a plant (a noun) and to stalk a person (a verb.)

About Special Ed: Homonym – Homophone Worksheets
Although About.com specialist Sue Watson is a special education guide, these twenty printable homonym and homophone worksheets will be great for all primary grade students (as well as ESL learners.) The worksheets are presented on twenty different pages, and you can view a readable thumbnail before deciding to download using the “PRINT PDF” link below. The worksheets are strung together in two batches of ten, so take care not to miss worksheets eleven through twenty.

Alan Cooper’s Homonyms
Alan Cooper started his homonyms list in second grade. He eventually lost his “dog-eared pad of yellow paper with an ever-growing list of homonyms,” but when his son was in second grade and needed a list of homonyms, Cooper rediscovered his old passion. “The best part about homonyms, though, is that they are the raw material for puns, a truly sublime form of humor. With a robust knowledge of and appreciation for homonyms, you will never be embarrassed when a pun-battle breaks out in public.”

All About Homophones: The Homophone Machine
“All About Homophones” is a homophone activity workbook that can be purchased in soft-cover or PDF, but the resource I want to share is the free Homophone Machine. Type in any sentence or paragraph, and it will be converted into a misspelled, but often very funny version chock full of homophones. If you need a suggestion, try starting with “I would like to show you my new horse” or “Praise the Lord for the spelling checker that came with our PC. Make a mistake and it puts you right. It’s so easy to use, you see.” That last tidbit is based on Janet E. Byford’s poem “An Ode to the Spelling Chequer” which you can find at Alan Cooper’s site (see above).

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Homophones Wikipedia Printable
Two Homophone Spell Checker Poems Printable
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