Are you looking for some activities to teach prepositions? Enjoy these teaching ideas including free resources.
YouTube has a number of videos. Try “Busy Prepositions” from Schoolhouse Rock.
[Note: This game can be played with any part of speech.]
Prepare a list of sentence strips with long sentences that contain many prepositions. This could simply be a worksheet with sentences that have been cut apart.
Playing the Game
- Divide the class into small learning groups of approximately four students each.
- Provide each group with a set of sentence strips, an answer key, and a dice.
- The players roll the dice to determine which player goes first.
- In a turn, players draw one sentence strip. The player reads the sentence to the group. The player must then identify all the prepositions correctly.
- Next the student awards or subtracts points from a tally sheet by first rolling the dice. The player is awarded the number on the dice times the number of prepositions in the sentence IF s/he answered correctly. If the player provided any incorrect answers, the number on the dice times the number of prepositions in the sentence are subtracted from the tally.
- The winner is the student who has the most points when the time is called for the game to end.
Activities on the Web
Picture Books that Help Teach Parts of Speech
- Under, Over, By the Clover: What Is a Preposition? by Brian P. Cleary
- Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions by Ruth Heller
- Around the House the Fox Chased the Mouse: Adventures in Prepositions by Rick Walton
Anchor Chart Idea
This anchor chart goes over the definition and different types.
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