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Easily Confused Words: Lead and Led

For Students 3rd - 4th
Although not quite as confusing as their, they're, and there, many people have difficulty with lead, lead (the toxic metallic), and led. Review these basic sentences with your third and fourth graders, and have them complete the short...
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Easily Confused Words: Can and May

For Students 3rd - 4th
Can is one of the most commonly misused words. In actuality, may should be used in many of the sentences can tends to appear in. Review these example sentences with your third and fourth graders, and then have them complete the short,...
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Easily Confused Words: Precede and Proceed

For Students 4th - 7th
So many words are easily confused in the English language. Take precede and proceed, for example. Look at the example sentences provided here, and then have your learners take the short quiz. Have they mastered these vocabulary terms?
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Easily Confused Words: Role and Roll

For Students 4th - 6th
Do your kids confuse role and roll? Discuss the difference with them, show them the example sentences provided, and have them take the short quiz that follows. 
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Commonly Confused Words: More Homonyms

For Students 4th
Understanding the spelling and meaning of homophones is particularly difficult for English language learners. This online quiz focuses on 20 different sets of homophones. The learner reads the sentence and decides which word fits best. 
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Home Spelling Practice: Commonly Confused Words

For Students 6th - 8th
If you want a list of commonly confused words, this worksheet is useful; however, the exercise itself is not worth the paper it's printed on. It includes 20 words suitable for middle school. Examples include personal and personnel,...
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Commonly Misspelled Words

For Students 9th - Higher Ed
Display this list of commonly misspelled and frequently confused words for your learners. Though there is no interactive component, this handout is a great reference tool comparing many homophones such as sole and soul. One tip...
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Spelling: Commonly Confused Words

For Students 4th - 7th
Although this design is sorely lacking in rigor and is not appropriate for the designated eighth grade, the list of commonly misspelled words may be useful for you to design your own exercise. Examples include ascent and assent,...
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Who's Confused? Not Me!

For Teachers 3rd - 6th
The class works together to tackle easily confused words. Each learner receives a word and he or she must create a flashcard with the following things: the word, its definition, an original sentence that uses the word, and a picture...
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Easily Confused Words: E.g. and I.e.

For Students 6th - 8th
In this easily confused words:  e.g. and i.e. worksheet, students read definitions and examples of both words, then interactively answer 3 multiple choice questions with immediate online feedback.
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Troublesome Word Pairs

For Students 6th - 10th
This activity helps to understand when to use commonly confused words. It includes definitions, writing exercises, and questions that require paraphrasing the meaning of sentences. A good exercise for middle schoolers, or review for high...
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Easily Confused Words: Descent, Decent, Dissent

For Students 7th - 8th
In this easily confused words:  descent, decent, dissent learning exercise, students read the definitions and examples of each word, then interactively answer 3 multiple choice questions with immediate online feedback.
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Easily Confused Words: If and Whether

For Students 6th - 8th
In this easily confused words:  if and whether worksheet, students read the explanations and examples for both words, then interactively complete 4 multiple choice sentences with immediate online feedback.
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Easily Confused Words: That, Which and Who

For Students 5th - 6th
For this easily confused words:  that, which and who worksheet, students read the rules by linking to other lessons, then interactively select the correct word in 5 sentences with immediate online feedback.
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Misspellings and More Mischievous Mishaps Worksheet

For Students 3rd - 7th Standards
Keep your spellers and punctuators in tip-top shape with some practice with commonly misspelled words. Learners choose the correct option from two choices and then rewrite each sentence.
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Commonly Misused Words

For Teachers 7th - 12th
Affect or effect? Ensure, insure or assure? Here’s a presentation that focuses on commonly misused words that sound similar yet have different spelling and meanings. The homonyms are defined and then examples are presented. Consider...
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Malapropisms

For Students 4th - 6th Standards
What's the difference between an allegory and an alligator? Fifth graders work with malapropisms to determine the meanings of words that sound alike. Five sentences challenge them to find the malapropism and change it to the correct...
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Notorious Confusables

For Students 6th - 7th
In this confusing words worksheet, learners complete a ten question multiple choice on-line interactive quiz about easily confused words. From two similar words, students choose the correct answer.
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Easily Confused Wrods: Insight and Incite

For Students 7th - 8th
In this easily confused words:  insight and incite worksheet, students read definitions and examples of both words, then interactively answer 4 questions as a test with immediate online feedback.
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Home Spelling Practice: Frequently Misspelled Words

For Students 4th - 5th
There are so many tricky words in the English language, and their pronunciation defies their spelling! Present your class with this list of 20 commonly misspelled words. They will rewrite the word and complete a coloring activity that...
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Spelling: Accept / Except

For Students 5th - 9th
Ten sentences provide practice in using accept or except correctly. Good for use after you review the meanings of these two commonly confused words. Online, the key is visible from the same page as the exercise. When you print it,...
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What's the Difference?

For Students 12th - Higher Ed
In this advanced ESL conversation learning exercise, students analyze 24 pairs of easily confused words such as: borrow/lend, watch/see and job/career. Students pick up a card with a word pair and tell the group what the difference is...
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Focus: Spelling Common Words

For Teachers 9th - 10th Standards
If you’re going to get a tattoo, make sure your artist writes it right because it’s hard to correct their inkings. That’s the big idea in this short lesson on commonly misspelled words like their/there/they’re and it’s/its.  Images and a...
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Proofreading: Lesson 4

For Teachers 8th
Examine the key strategies to proofreading a piece of writing for errors in sentence structure, usage, mechanics and spelling. Eighth graders practice putting into correct passage commonly confused words (too, two, to) when writing to a...

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