Practise using prepositions of place by completing sentences.
Author: Cristina Casado Whittaker and Tracey Chapelton
To introduce children to the concept of describing the position of objects using prepositions of place
To develop children’s reading skills
Bill’s bedroom Worksheet, pencil, coloured pencils (optional)
Prepositions of place: in, on, under, behind, in front of, next to, Vocabulary related to objects found in a child’s bedroom: door, window, flower, doll, cupboard, toy, guitar, television, lamp, books, bookcase, clock, ball, bed, photo, camera, table, Affirmation and negation: yes, no
- Revise basic classroom vocabulary (door, window, table, books, cupboard, bookcase, ball) by saying Point to (the door) and getting the children to point to the objects as you say them.
- Revise yes/no questions by pointing to the same objects (in any order), asking the question Is this a (window)? and getting the children to answerYes or No.
- Introduce (or revise) the prepositions from the Language focus section (see above) by using a table and a ball and placing the ball in various positions in relation to the table. Describe the position of the ball each time you move it, for example, by placing the ball under the table and saying The ball isunder the table. Repeat this process until you feel that the children have grasped the idea.
- Check the children’s comprehension of the prepositions by placing the ball in different positions and asking them Is the ball under the table? etc. Elicit a Yes/No response.
Completing the Bill’s bedroom Worksheet
- Hand out the Bill’s bedroom 1 Worksheet and get the children to look at the picture of Bill’s bedroom. Elicit the names of the items of furniture and objects in the bedroom by asking them What is this? while pointing to the relevant object on your picture. Focus on items which may be new or less familiar to the children.
- Ask the children questions about the picture, focusing on the position of the objects in the bedroom, eg Is the ball under the bed?
- Hand out Bill’s bedroom 2 Worksheet and get the children to work in pairs asking each other the questions in the first activity and writing down their yes/no answers in the gaps provided on the worksheet.
- The activity can be corrected as a whole class activity as a way of reinforcing the answers.
- Get the children to complete the sentences in the second activity based on what they can see in the picture of Bill’s bedroom, using a preposition from the box. There is one preposition per sentence.
Extension activities / Fast finishers / Homeworks
- Children can make their own sentences based on what they see in the picture, eg The ball is under the bed.
- Children can then colour the worksheet. Encourage the children to think of the names of the objects in the picture as they colour them.