Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones by Gene Barretta

Recommended Grades: 3-5

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Dear Deer: A Book of Homophones is a book of homophones and some homonyms.  Aunt Ant has just moved to the zoo and describes all the animal behavior she sees in a letter to her dear deer, in homophones. 

Lesson ideaRead aloud this book and discuss the differences between homophones and homonyms (the author makes note of this at the beginning of the book).  With the whole class, create a list of homophones (begin with the homophones in the book) in a two column chart.  Add to the chart as other homophones become noticed throughout the year.  Often, children will confuse the spelling of words that are homophones.  Sporadically, have students edit a partner’s writing piece for the use of homophones correctly.

**Note** I provide these lesson ideas under the assumption that you are familiar with The Six Traits of Writing.  If you are not, and would like more information on teaching students about sentence fluency or any other six traits component, please feel free to contact me at Dlittle[at]linkstoliteracy[dot]com.  I am happy to provide more specific lessons or resources if necessary.

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