Consonant clusters The same or different game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Minimal pairs and homophones with consonant + consonant groups of sounds like pl and ngs

Consonant clusters: 'The same or different' game with homophones and minimal pairs

Listen to your teacher or a classmate read out two words from below and raise one of your two cards depending on what you think about the pronunciation.  

Circle the two words with the same pronunciation in each line below.

balled                               bawled                              bowled

billed                                build                                 built

bled                                  bread                                bred

blew                                  blue                                  brew

blues                                brews                               bruise

chords                              codes                               cords                 

clause                              claws                                close

clues                                 crews                                cruise

flaw                                   floor                                  flow

flea                                    flee                                    free

fleck                                  flecks                                flex

fold                                    hold                                  holed

grade                                grate                                 great

grease                              greases                            Greece

kneads                              knees                               needs

lacks                                 lax                                     racks

links                                  lynx                                   rinks

pealed                               peeled                              peered

play                                   pray                                  prey

plays                                 prays                                praise

pleas                                please                              police

sacks                                sax                                    sucks

slew                                  threw                                through

staid                                  state                                stayed               

stair                                   stare                                 steer

steal                                  steel                                  still

straight                            straights                           straits

straight                             strait                                  strayed

tacked                              tact                                    tucked

tacks                                 tax                                     tux

wax                                   whack                               whacks

Test each other in the same way, making sure that you pronounce each word with just one syllable.

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Cards to hold up

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

 

The same

 

 

Different

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Suggested answers 

balled                               bawled                            bowled

billed                                build                                 built

bled                                  bread                               bred

blew                                 blue                                  brew

blues                                brews                               bruise

chords                             codes                               cords                

clause                              claws                               close

clues                                 crews                               cruise

flaw                                   floor                                 flow

flea                                   flee                                   free

fleck                                  flecks                               flex

fold                                    hold                                  holed

grade                                grate                                great

grease                                greases                            Greece

kneads                              knees                               needs

lacks                                lax                                     racks

links                                 lynx                                  rinks

pealed                                peeled               peered

play                                   pray                                  prey

plays                                 prays                               praise

pleas                                please                police

sacks                               sax                                   sucks

slew                                  threw                                through

staid                                 state                                stayed

stair                                  stare                                 steer

steal                                 steel                                 still

straight                             straights                         straits

straight                            strait                                 strayed

tacked                                 tact                                   tucked

tacks                                tax                                    tux

wax                                   whack                               whacks

 

Test each other on the same words in different ways:

  • Read out two from one line and see if your partner can say if they are homophones or not
  • Spell two homophones and see if your partner can pronounce them
  • Spell two words from the same line and see if your partner can pronounce them
  • Read one of the homophones and see if your partner can spell the other
  • Read out one of the homophones and see if your partner can spell it both ways
  • Read out the odd one out and see if your partner can spell it
  • Read out one word and see if your partner can spell it, with two different spellings if there is a homophone

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