Dictation exercises are excellent for working on reading and writing, memory, concentration and also to know the correct use of grammar and spelling rules. In this case we are going to focus on these short dictations with homophone words with which children will know what they are, what their meaning is and how these words are used. Let's go there!
To begin with, let's get a good understanding of what homophones are and why they pose a challenge to children (even many adults). As you already know, they are included in the list of the most complex, so they should be worked well in class and at home so that the little ones know them, know what they are and learn to differentiate one from the other.
Homophone words are those that are spelled differently and have a different meaning from each other but sound exactly the same, this being the complexity they present. As soon as we see some examples, you will surely understand what kind of words we mean and why they are complicated.
To work on them we propose some short dictations of just two or three lines with the main groups of homophone words, once they have become familiar with them, longer exercises can be done in which several of these words are mixed. With these exercises, you will see that little by little they stop being so difficult to understand.
Next, we move on to practice! Here are some examples of exercises to practice with your students or children.
1. Abría (from the verb open), would have (to have, to have)
Paco opened the door while his companions entered one after another.
"You'd have to put a hook to hold it," said one of them.
How right you are!
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2. Hello (greeting), wave (movement of the sea)
Marcos greeted his father with a somewhat distracted 'hello', because he could not stop contemplating the wave of the sea that grew and grew incessantly.
3. Rod (mast), up to (preposition)
So far we have come, the flagpole of the ship overturned in the middle of the road prevents us from reaching the goal we had set for ourselves.
4. Speaking (gerund verb to speak), ablando (action of softening something)
Pedro and Carlos were talking animatedly about the movie yesterday. When they got home they saw their father and said to him:
- What are you doing?
- Well, softening the dough to make a cake.
- A cake, how delicious!
5. Baca (device that goes on top of a cache), cow (animal)
Everything was ready, the suitcases in the trunk and the bike on the roof of the car. What was their surprise that when they were going cross country they came across an intrepid cow that had moved away from the pasture.
6. Baron (title of nobility), male (male)
The baron, a man who has a very important title, had just had a baby. It's a boy! It was heard from the room. The baron couldn't have been more pleased to hear those words.
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7. Berry (fleshy fruit), fence (close or fenced), go (from the verb to go)
Jorge was eating a berry that he had found in the forest near the high blue fence. I'd better be going, he thought after a while. And it is that his parents would not take long to wonder where he had been.
8. Bounce (act of jumping), vote (electoral vote)
Going to vote for the president was something that Matías did not like. As a child, he preferred to bounce and jump with his new ball.
9. Hay (from the verb have), there (adverb of place)
There is the treasure, there was no doubt. Of course not! There is a very clear sign in red that indicates this. We have found it!
10. Echo (from the verb to throw), made (from the verb to do)
He poured the syrup into the bottle, so it would be much easier to carry. "I have done all the things. I can now take the boat and go out to play."
11. Bello (adjective), hair (body hair)
I think that monster is very beautiful even though it has a lot of hair all over its body. The others looked at her without quite understanding what she was referring to, but preferred not to argue.
12. Grabe (verb to record), grave (adjective)
The foul was so serious that the referee decided not to engrave the team's names on the trophy. Next time they were going to have to be more careful.
13. Why (conjunction), why (question particle), why (noun)
I stay home because I am very tired, I have worked all day! Why don't we go for even a walk? I'll tell you why, tomorrow I also get up early and I need to rest and eat something. I don't understand why we can't even walk for a bit, but it's okay, let's eat something at home.
In order for boys and girls to be able to do the dictations with homophone words, first of all, you must choose a group of these words, explain the meaning of each one and give them an example. Once they have understood it, we will tell them to do a little dictation as a reinforcement.
The next step is correct dictation with them in front and, in the event that you have not fully understood it, we will return to the explanation.
As we said before, they are word games that at first have some difficulty, so it is advisable that you do this type of dictation with your students at least once a week.
Dictation exercises with homophones will no longer be a mystery! Mission accomplished!
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