homograph is a word that shares the same written form as another word but has a different meaning.

Homo means ‘same’ and graph means ‘write.’ If two words are written identically but do not share a meaning, it is a homograph. They enhance vocabulary.


homograph meaning and anchor chart for first grade, second grade and third grade

You can download the above anchor chart and a puzzle worksheet by clicking on the image above.

Let’s understand them with a few examples.



It can be a finger ring (noun) or a ring on your phone (verb.)


a palm tree or the palm of your hand


a thing or to disagree with something.


the current moment or a gift.


a metal or to go in front of


a drain or a person who sews

They can be confusing at first, but once you read them in the context of a sentence, it is easy to figure out which meaning in intended for that particular sentence.

You should not confuse homographs with homophones. Homophones are words that sound the same but have different meanings. They are not spelled the same and that does cause a lot of confusion.

homograph meaning and examples for first grade, second grade and third grade

The above worksheet is a good exercise for practice. Cut the pictures and paste them under the word that explains its meaning.

You can download Pack 1 of homographs worksheets from my website.

homograph meaning and worksheets for first grade and second grade

The above worksheet is a part of ‘Vocabulary Pack 2’. You can download it for practice.

I have a free pack of worksheets for homographs on my website. You can download it.

I hope you find this resource useful.

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