“Bear Says Thanks”: Learning Homophones

This month the Virtual Book Club for Kids is featuring Karma Wilson.  The kids and I had only read of couple of her books before, so it was a lot of fun to explore her books in my depth his month.  Here are some of our favorites …

 It was hard (as it is almost EVERY month) to pick just one book to focus on, but in the end I choose “Bear Says Thanks” because of the timeliness (being November with Thanksgiving right around the corner) AND the fact that the book complimented my son’s 2nd grade spelling homework so well.  His class is working a learning homophones (words that sound the same but are spelled different).  And being a professor of Master level psychology students that sometimes STILL need work on this, I LOVED the fact that his teacher is trying ingrain these tricky words into the heads of 7 and 8 year-olds NOW.

What I did was simply read through the book an find all the homophones (there’s A LOT in this book which makes it PERFECT for this activity). I made a list of them, then enlarged the font size, printed them out, and cut each word out individually.

list of homophones from "Bear Says Thanks"homophones cut out

I also took sticky tabs and placed them near each homophone in the book.

Sticky tabs on the homophones

I laid all the cut-out homophones and began reading, “Bear Says Thanks” to my son (and held the book so he couldn’t read the text too … he’s a sneaky one, gotta keep one step ahead at all times!)  Each time I came to a homophone I asked him to identify which one was the correct one.

Learning Homophones with Bear Says Thanks

Now let’s see what other great activities the rest of the VBC came up with … and feel free to join in!  We’d love you too!

1. Pick your favorite book by Karma Wilson (or a new one you want to check out) and read it with your child or class.

2. Create an activity, project, craft, cooking project, etc. related to the book and do it.

3. Come back and share it with us as part of a big blog hop on Monday, November 11th. The linky will be live for 3 weeks, so if you aren’t ready to post on the exact date… just join in when you can! If you don’t blog, you can share what you did on our Facebook wall, email us, or just comment on the post. All Blog Participants will have a chance to be featured on our Pinterest Board & Facebook Page!
Here are the Virtual Book Club for Kids Participating Bloggers
{Click HERE} to join the Virtual Book Club for Kids Newsletter.  Next month we’ll be taking a break for the holidays … but make sure to join us in January when our featured author is Laura Numeroff! 


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Laura Hutchison

Laura Hutchison (aka PlayDrMom) is a chubby kid turned competitive figure skater tween turned high school pom pon girl turned MSU Spartan turned grad student turned Mrs. HutcH turned Dr. turned Mom. She adores living in the Mitten, is addicted to Diet Coke, and firmly believes that ice cream is a main food group.

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  1. Jodie @ Growing Book by Book

    What a fun literacy project! Thanks for sharing. This book is super popular in our house.

  2. Jackie Higgins

    We read Bear Says Thanks for the Virtual Book Club and guess what? We focused on homophones too! I hope that’s ok. I love seeing your ideas and I will use them to extend our learning even further.
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