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Memory Tricks for Homophones
Eye - I The word eye looks a bit like eyes and a nose.
Fairy - Ferry The fairy needs air in which to fly, so put air in fairy.
Flower - Flour Flowers grow lower to the ground than trees, so put lower in flower.
Fourth - Forth Fourth is number one, two, three, four.
Hear - Here You need an ear to hear, so put ear in hear.
Heard - Herd You needed an ear when you heard, so put ear in heard.
Hoarse - Horse Think "hoarse throat." Both hoarse and throat are oa words.
Meat - Meet You eat meat, so put eat in meat.
Piece - Peace Think "piece of pie," and put pie in piece.
Read - Red Today I read; yesterday I read. Whether I do it today or yesterday, it is spelled the same, read.
Ring - Wring Think "ring a ding ding." (It is not ring a wding wding!) If you wouldn't start ding with a w, don't start ring with a w.
Roll - Role A scroll has a roll, so spell roll like the ending letters of scroll.
Sleigh - Slay Think "the horse says neigh as it pulls the sleigh." Both neigh and sleigh are eigh words.
Stairs - Stares You rise in the air as you climb the stairs, so put air in stairs.
Stationery - Stationary You use stationery to write a letter. Both letter and stationery have the letter e.
Tents - Tense Tents is the plural of tent. Think tent + s.
There - Their - They're
Towed - Toad Towed is tow + ed.
Two - Too - To
Vane - Vain - Vein A weather vane can indicate wind from the NE (northeast,) so spell vane with ne.
Warn - Worn Think "warn about dangerous things like war." War is in warn.
We'd - Weed We'd is we + (ha)d or we + (woul)d.
Weight - Wait Think "the weight is eight pounds," so put eight in weight.
We've - Weave We've is we + (ha)ve.
Won - One Think "it is wonderful to have won," and spell won like the first syllable of wonderful.
Write - Right Think "I write with my wrist." Both write and wrist start with wr.
by Susan Penney, NonPublic Educational Services, Inc.