Homonyms Lesson Plan

Instructor: Kristen Goode

Kristen has been an educator for 25+ years - as a classroom teacher, a school administrator, and a university instructor. She holds a doctorate in Education Leadership.

Teaching homonyms is a great way to encourage students to play with language. In this lesson, students will learn about homonyms and create a game that allows them to practice what they know.

Learning Objectives

By the conclusion of this lesson, students will:

  • Explain what a homonym is
  • Identify examples of homonyms
  • Compose sentences highlighting the different meanings of different homonyms


45-50 minutes

Curriculum Standards


Determine or clarify the meaning of unknown and multiple-meaning words and phrases based on grade 2 reading and content, choosing flexibly from an array of strategies.


Use sentence-level context as a clue to the meaning of a word or phrase.


  • Printed copies of the lesson transcript for Homonyms: Lesson for Kids (one per student and one for the teacher)
  • Printed copies of the quiz or worksheet (one for each student)
  • A package of white index cards
  • Colored pencils or crayons


  • Begin by playing a quick game with students.
    • Say the word ''bat'' and write it on the board for students to see.
    • Call on a student to use the word in a sentence.
    • Next, call on another student to use the same word in another sentence but with a different meaning.
    • Talk about the fact that some words look and sound the same but can have more than one meaning.
    • Repeat the process with additional words such as: sink, season, pupil, and watch
  • Give each student a printed copy of the lesson.
  • Read through the lesson together, stopping occasionally to discuss:
    • What is a homonym?
    • How do we use context clues to help us find meaning?
    • Who can think of some other examples of homonyms?
  • Check for understanding by having each student complete the quiz or worksheet.

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