Grade: Elementary

#2046. Prepositions

Reading/Writing, level: Elementary
Posted Thu Nov 30 21:52:09 PST 2000 by Amber Karllo (
IUP, Indiana, PA.
Materials Required: picture book "Find the Puppy", chalkboard, old magazines, markers, preposition worksheets
Activity Time: one hour
Concepts Taught: To teach correct usage of prepositions in sentences and be able to recognize them.

Amber Karllo


The third grade class will study prepositions and their usage in sentences with an example story book and various worksheets then have them demonstrate their knowledge through constructing their own story book using prepositions and getting an "A" on the project.


Book, "Find The Puppy"

Construction paper


Markers/drawing utensils

Preposition worksheets



Students must be able to understand the correct usage of prepositions when writing.

Students must be able to pick prepositions out of sentences when reading.


A. Introduction and Motivation

Invite the students to pick a seat where they are comfortable and able to see

clearly. The teacher then presents the class with the picture book "Find the Puppy". The teacher goes through each page asking the students where they see the puppy. After students tell the teacher where the puppy is located explain to them that these are words known as prepositions. Tell the students that today they are going to learn what prepositions are and will have the chance to make their own picture books.
B. Lesson Body
1. Ask students to pick out the main words they used when describing where the puppy was and write them on the board. Tell the students that these types of words are known as "prepositions" and are used to describe location. Teacher then asks students to name more location words and puts them on the board. Students copy them onto a piece of paper for later use.
2. The teacher then writes a sentence on the board and asks students to pick out the preposition. The teacher then circles the preposition and asks a student to come up with the next sentence with a preposition in it.
3. The teacher asks students to pair up and passes out preposition worksheets to each student. Each pair works on the worksheet together for about ten minutes. The teacher then assigns each student a sentence or part of the worksheet to write on the board. Each pair then tells the whole class their answer and shows it on the board. After each pair goes the teacher discusses with the class the usage of prepositions and what they are used for. The teacher also questions the students on their reasoning for the answers they chose.
4. After reviewing the definition of a preposition inform the students that it is now their turn to make a prepositional picture book. As the teacher passes out the magazines and other craft utensils have the students spread out so they have room to work. Explain to the class that they are to either draw or cut pictures out of the magazines to make their own picture book.
5. When the students have completed their picture books have them present it to the whole class and explain what preposition they are illustrating in each picture. As the students present their book have the teacher collect them and display them around the room.