I inform students that today we will distinguish the difference between the homophones - they're, their, and there. I tell students that homophones are words that sound alike, but have different spellings and meanings. To begin the lesson, I ask them to write which of these three words they think is the possessive pronoun meaning belonging to them. I give them a minute of private think time. I, then, write "their = possessive pronoun meaning belonging to them" on the whiteboard and tell them to check and correct their answers. Next, I ask them which word do they think is the adverb that usually means "in that place." I, again, give them a minute of private think time and then write the answer on the board - "there = adverb that usually means in that place." Next, I ask them to write the word they think is a contraction for "they are." After a minute of private think time, I write the answer on the whiteboard - "they're = the contraction meaning 'they are'." Next, I tell students in order to help them understand the lesson even more, we will watch a short Brainpop video and take the check for understanding quiz afterwards. Click here to view Brainpop video on They're, Their, and There. (Teacher does the quiz whole group as students show answers using sign language - a, b, c, d).
Next, we go through some examples to practice selecting the correct word - they're, their, or there. I do (1-3), we do (4-6), you do (7-10). (See attached Powerpoint presentation for examples.) I explain the logic of my choices for examples 1-3. I get students to help me explain the logic of our choices for examples 4-6. And, I get students to explain the logic of their choices for examples 7-10.
Next, I have students to work with a partner for a game. I have one of the partners to sit with his/her back to the Smartboard. The other partner can see the Smartboard. I, then, display one of the words - "they're, their, or there" on the Smartboard and ask the partner that can see the word to construct a sentence using the word correctly. The partner who cannot see the Smartboard, then, has to spell the correct word used in the sentence - "they're, their, or there." The partners, then, switch places. We play the game until each player has had an opportunity to spell each of the words "they're, there, and their" two times for each word - basically six rounds.
To close the lesson, students complete an exit ticket to define a homophone, and tell which they're, there, or their to use in given situations. We, then, share our responses as a whole group.