Spelling: Homophone Exercise
With McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book
Goal: to practice and develop spelling, vocabulary and
sentence structure skills at an appropriate skill level.
Materials: McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling Book, Revised
Edition. New York: Van Antwerp, Bragg & Co. 1879. [Facsimile copy]
Recitation and Evaluation:
- Select from the facsimile texts a lesson for each of the reader levels previously determined for the day of the visit: 59, 60, 84, 85, 171, 172,173, and 174.
- Assign students to copy words and definitions either on their slates or in their copybooks and to study each word carefully.
- Announce that there will be a large group activity at the end of the study period using the words in the spelling lists.
- At the end of the study period (fifteen minutes or so) do one or both of the following activities.
Illinois Learning Standards 3.A.1, 3.A.2
Scholars use the list of homophones from The McGuffey's Eclectic Spelling
Book. Each then makes a sentence, substituting the word teakettle for the
homophones in the spelling list. For example, "My teakettle is a little
teakettle because he has a cough." A classmate must then correctly guess and
spell the answers horse and hoarse. That scholar then takes a turn. By
listening to the responses of different level scholars, the teacher reinforces
learning in the same manner as in the one-room schoolhouse.
(This game is attributed to Lois Divine, St. Charles, Illinois who played it as a girl.)
- Spelling Bee
Scholars close their Spelling Books and copybooks or erase their slates.
All stand. The teacher reads from each of the assigned lists, mixing reader
levels, and providing correct sentences for each homophone. In turn, the
individual scholar must correctly spell the word from his or her spelling list.
Anyone who fails to spell a word correctly is "out" and must sit down. He or
she does not get another turn. The last scholars standing when all words on
their respective lists have been exhausted are the winners and may be awarded
with a prize if the teacher so desires.
Continue to the handwriting lesson.
Return to the Introduction.