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By Mark Warner
Age Range: 7 to 11

I have created a number of resources which teach children about prepositions:

Choose the Preposition Spot the Preposition Where is the Mouse? Prepositions Worksheets

These resources can all be accessed here (if you want to gain immediate access to the pages when you are in school, the address is http://www.teachingideas.co.uk/english/prepositions).

Choose the Preposition - This resource contains eleven web pages. On each page there is a picture and a sentence, and in each sentence the preposition has been replaced by a drop-down menu like the one below. To move between the pages, click on "Next" which can be found at the bottom right of each page.

Children should look at the picture at the top of the page, read the sentence, and then choose the most appropriate preposition from the drop-down menu. They can then write the sentence in their books / on paper, or complete the worksheet which may be found here.

On some of the pages, more than one of the prepositions in the drop-down menu might be suitable. Children can choose the one which they prefer and write the other suitable prepositions in the second column on the worksheet (which can also be used as a space to include any other prepositions which they think might fit into the sentence).

Spot the Preposition - This resource contains 20 web pages, on each of which there is a sentence. Children have to read each sentence and click on the word which they think is a preposition.

  • If they are correct, they will see a happy face. They should then go BACK (using the browser's back button) to the sentence page and click on Next.

  • If they are wrong, they should see a sad face. They should then go BACK and try again.

Answers can be written in books, on paper or on the accompanying worksheet here.

Where is the Mouse? - Max cannot keep still! Can your children tell you where he is?

This resource contains six pages, each of which contains a picture of Max. The children should look at the picture and decide where he is. They should then think of a sentence which describes his location and write these down.

Prepositions Worksheets - There are two more preposition worksheets which you are free to use:

  1. This worksheet requires children to read a sentence (which contains a missing preposition) and select the correct preposition from the list at the bottom of the page. Some of the sentences have more than one possible answer, so children might have to read ahead to future sentences to work out what the previous answers might be. It is important to remember that each word can only be used once. This worksheet is available in two formats:

  2. This worksheet (which can be found here) is split into two sections:

    • Sentences 1 to 3 should be copied by the children, who should also underline the preposition in each sentence.

    • The other sentences (from 4 onwards) all contain an incorrect preposition (which has been underlined). The children should copy the sentences and change this preposition, using a more suitable one.

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