A Practical Tool to Demonstrate Prepositions


Curriculum: Basic 4 English


B4. Use prepositions to convey a variety of meanings:


− Direction e.g. along


− Period of Time


− Purpose


− Possession


− Comparison e.g. taller than


• Have learners describe the positions of classroom objects using such sentences as:


i. The clock is on the wall.


ii. The cupboard is in the corner.


iii. The waste-paper basket is under the table.



‘Prepositions’ are words that describe the relation/position of something to something else.


Examples: on, under, above, before, after, over, through, near, between.




Here is a tool that helps you practically demonstrate what prepositions are to your learners:




 To make this tool, you need:


1. A board as base. You can cut it from a cardboard box or use a piece of plywood.



3. Cups: cut them from plastic bottles.


2. Rolls. This can be from rolls of tissue paper or toilet paper. Or you can collect the long cardboard rolls from cloth sellers (inside rolls of cloth).You can paint them with acrylic paint (poster paint)


4. Bottle tops.



Labels: cut them from cardboard and write the words with a marker. Create those labels that you need, according to the learning needs of your children and requirements of the curriculum.




Use the picture above as a guide to create your own ‘Prepositions Board’.


* Use white glue (Top Bond or similar) to attach the items to the Board.


* To attach the labels you can use Velcro; most bigger shops that sell items for sewing (thread, needles, zips) also sell Velcro. A 1-2cm piece for each label will be enough.



To use the Prepositions Board in your class:



Activity 1:

Ask the Children to identify the correct preposition for each section of the Board, and let them attach the labels accordingly.




Activity 2:

Show one label, ask the Children to identify the correct place on the Board and let them attach it accordingly.




Activity 3:

Let Children write a sentence with each of the prepositions.





You can design many more learning activities with this tool to meet the needs of your learners!



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