I like teaching prepositions of place. I can use the Cuisenaire rods, and my students can be creative in many ways and use English a lot.
Here I would like to share the activities I use to teach prepositions of place. In this post you can find the following activities: a mind map, an infographic, a worksheet and online exercises.
Prepositions of place – infographic
First, I introduce the prepositions of place using the following infographic. If you have an interactive whiteboard in your English class, you can display it there, or you can print it and hand it out to everyone in the class.
Then display the following mind map and elicit the prepositions.
Prepositions of place – worksheet
Hand out the following worksheet to your students. There are four pages and it is best to print out two pages on one sheet.
First you need to practise the names of pieces of furniture with your English class. You can find a furniture vocabulary post here.
Ask your students to solve the crossword and word search and then check their answers.
The second page concentrates on the prepositions. Ask your English class to figure out the names of the cats using the clues on the right.
In the task that follows, students should complete the sentences using the correct prepositions.
On the third page there is another infographic to introduce the meanings of the prepositions of place.
If you have a monolingual class and you speak their mother tongue, you could ask them to translate the sentences.
In the last task on page four, students have to place the pieces of furniture in the room. Then they have to describe their room to their partner and the listener has to draw the room.
Prepositions of place – Cuisenaire rods
My English classes love this activity. I bring the Cuisenaire rods and I give each pair of students a set. First, I tell them that they have 3 minutes to play with the rods.
After the 3 minutes I ask them to stop playing and put all the rods in the box. Then I dictate sentences like: Put the red rod on the table. Put the green rod under the red rod. Put the white rod next to the red rod.
I dictate 5 sentences and then we check the resulting shape.
In the next phase students work in pairs. One of them dictates and the other puts the rods on the table. After a while they swap their roles.
Prepositions of place – online quiz
You can either ask your English class to use the following online quiz at home or you can do it at school if you have enough computers.
As the quiz is in HTML5 and should play on every mobile device, you could even ask your English class to do the quiz on their mobile phones.
In the quiz there are several slides with questions. If the students pass the quizzes, they can play a game.
Prepositions of place – links
There are some great activities for learning and practising prepositions of place at the British Council site.