Commonly Confused Word Hop

Help your students learn and hear the difference between these ten commonly confused words. After hopping around on this mat, they will learn to associate the correct vowel sounds with each word.


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Learning how to read commonly confused words doesn’t have to be difficult!

Teaching and learning how to read can be challenging. Are you looking for creative word identification strategies? Learning how to read commonly confused words can include fun activities that your young children will love! Teach word recognition using movement with the Commonly Confused Word Hop.

This floor mat lists five pairs of commonly confused words – then and than, know and now, when and win, think and thank, and where and were. These words are printed in large, bold type on colorful blocks to keep young readers engaged with word recognition!

Furthermore, speaking and writing exercises are easy to add to your phonics instruction while teaching reading with this mat. Above all, kinesthetic activities – such as stepping and jumping – will boost students’ retention and comprehension of word identification lessons.

No more sitting at desks where frustration over books can fester. The Commonly Confused Word mat opens up possibilities for tons of play-based activities to help your 1st, 2nd, 3rd, or 4th graders learn how to read. Watch your class’s word recognition and differentiation soar as a result of using creative word identification strategies!

You can also use this mat alongside your class’s reading materials. Practice reading aloud and reciting letter sounds to distinguish words. Have students identify words from their text on the mat. The simple act of getting up and walking across the mat can boost reading comprehension significantly.

Teaching these words with kinesthetic activities could be the breakthrough struggling readers need, especially those with learning disabilities such as dyslexia.

Be sure to check out our activity database for more ideas on how to teach reading and turn unknown words into familiar ones. With this durable floor mat, all of your classes will quickly learn how to read commonly confused words for school years to come!


Product Details

Materials: Our floor mats are made from heavy-duty vinyl. They are easy to clean, durable, and long-lasting. Some teachers have used their mats for over 10 years!

Dimensions: 38 x 89 inches

Includes: then/than, know/now, when/win, think/thank, where/were


Check out our material FAQ page for more information and instructions on caring for your floor mat.


Sample Activity: Jump To

  • The teacher will say one of the words on the mat aloud. Optionally, the teacher can also use the word in a sentence.
  • Then, students will begin on “Start Here” and jump to that word.
  • The student will repeat the word aloud.


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