Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene BarrettaClever Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo. Speaking in homophones, she describes the quirky animal behavior she sees. Theres the MOOSE who loved MOUSSE and ATE EIGHT bowls, and the WHALE who was ALLOWED to WAIL ALOUD--and thats just for starters.
This playful picture book introduces children to the richness of language through the concept of homophones. A romp through the zoo has never been so eye-opening.
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Homophones are pairs of words that sound the same, but have distinctly different meanings and different spellings. Understanding homophones is an essential part of mastering the English language, both for vocabulary building and spelling. There are several homophones in the English language that almost everyone gets confused at some point. These frequently confused homophones include:. Homophones are often confused with homographs and homonyms.
Solid understanding of grammar is key for student reading and writing success. However, many concepts of grammar are difficult to grasp and rely more on memorization than deduction. Providing visual homophone examples is a perfect way for students to associate the words alongside context rather than just from definitions. It is easier to distinguish because it is a contraction smashing together the two words "they" and "are". Their is a plural possessive. This indicates a thing or things belongs to multiple people. Usually these concepts are demonstrated through examples and then students memorize them with repetitive grammar drills.
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