Homographs are words that have same spelling but different meanings.
Examples – wind, bear, wave, bark, wound, row, evening, bat, sink, pant, bank etc.
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.
Homographs are different from 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.
So, homographs have similar spellings but homophones do not.
In the first worksheet, you have to match the pictures with the words. Each word represents two pictures since homographs have the same spellings but different meanings.
Wave – it can be the movement of your hand when you are calling someone or saying ‘hello’ or ‘bye.’ It can also be the waves in the water.
Bat – a cricket or baseball bat or it can be the animal ‘bat.’
The words can be traced. Your children will surely enjoy this worksheet and it will enhance their vocabulary.
The next is a similar worksheet to the first one. The pictures need to be matched with the words.
Watch – it can mean watching television. A watch can also mean a wristwatch. One is a verb, the other is a noun.
Saw – a sharp object for cutting trees. It is also the past tense for ‘see.’ One is a noun, the other is a verb.
Fly – an insect (housefly) which is a noun but can also be a verb. Fairies can fly!
In the last worksheet, we have five homographs in the word bank and ten sentences to complete. Read the sentences and complete them using the homographs in the words bank. Each word will be used twice.