Rather than simply memorizing a list of prepositions, this lesson helps students visualize how prepositions describe things in relation to one another. It incorporates multiple intelligences by allowing students to learn by drawing.
preposition, prepositional phrase
Start the lesson by drawing a simple house on the board -- a square house with a triangle roof, windows, a door, and a chimney.
Then request students to copy your drawing exactly on their own paper.
Next, write a preposition on the board. Start with a simple preposition such as on and have students draw something on their picture of the house. For example, students might draw a knocker on the door, an antenna on the roof, a bird on the chimney Students should work independently so their pictures will look very different from the pictures drawn by their peers.
Continue the activity by providing 5 to 7 more prepositions, one at a time. [See the sidebar for a list of prepositions you might use.] After providing each preposition, give students time to illustrate it in relation to the house.
Next, have students compare their drawings and note how different they became with the use of prepositional phrases.
Instruct students to write a sentence for each preposition; the sentence should describe their drawing of a house. For example:
Instruct students to underline each prepositional phrase in their sentences and to (circle) each preposition.
After completing the activity, provide a list of sentences for students. Have them underline the prepositional phrase in each sentence and circle each preposition.
Colleen Moak, Blessed Sacrament School in Washington, D.C.
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