Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases


Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases teaches students how to identify and use this part of speech. They will discover how important prepositions are to text. Without prepositions, sentences can be very confusing. They will also learn how sometimes there are multiple prepositions that work in a single prepositional phrase. The worksheets will provide them lots of opportunity to practice using prepositions.

The “Options for Lesson” section lists one suggestion for how to introduce your students to prepositions. You can use an interactive game online. You may wish to incorporate the game as a closing activity to the lesson instead. Either way, you can check out the website and see if it’s something you would like to use for your class.

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What our Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases lesson plan includes

Lesson Objectives and Overview: Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases teaches students how to identify and define preposition and prepositional phrase. They will learn how to identify and locate these in texts and how to write sentences that include them. They will discover that writers use prepositional phrases to add details and clarity to their writing. By the end of the lesson, students will have a firm sense of how to recognize and use prepositions correctly.

There are two content pages in this lesson. Students will first analyze a sentence that is missing a preposition. You will ask them what is wrong with the statement. You can then describe how prepositions help make sense of otherwise confusing sentences. The lesson provides several more examples of sentences that are missing prepositions. You can allow students some time to figure out the right missing word.

Students will discover many common prepositions. The lesson then describes phrases and how to identify a prepositional phrase in text. There are five sentences that students will study to see if they can figure out where the phrases are. Then they can list them on their papers. The activity, practice, and homework worksheets will provide students with more chances to hone the skill of using prepositions.


Students will work with a partner during the activity portion. They will cut out each word in the list of terms. You will provide index cards to all the students on which they can write sentences. Students will leave out the preposition they intend to use. Then they will exchange their index cards with their partners. Finally, they will try to complete their partner’s sentences with the correct terms.


The practice worksheet requires students to fill in blanks with the correct preposition. The instructions specify that some of the sentences may have more than one correct option. There is a total of 10 statements on the worksheet.


For the homework assignment, students must respond to three prompts. Each answer must include at least five prepositions.

Additional information


4th Grade


Language Arts

State Educational Standards


Lessons are aligned to meet the education objectives and goals of most states. For more information on your state objectives, contact your local Board of Education or Department of Education in your state.