The boys and I were doing a review of grammar recently and came across prepositions and prepositional phrases and had to name a few. We looked at each other, at the ceiling, at our shoes, at the fly zooming across the room…
Grammar is something that does not come easy to either of my boys. They are both excellent readers but struggled to tell me what a noun or a verb was in a sentence. Imagine how difficult it was to name a preposition.
[quote cite=”K12 Reader” url=”http://www.k12reader.com/subject/grammar/parts-of-speech/preposition-worksheets/”]A preposition is a part of speech, just like a noun or a verb. It connects a noun or pronoun to another word in the sentence, showing us the relationship between them. Prepositions usually answer the questions where? or when?, telling us about a person or object’s location in either time or space. This information often needs to be given using a group of words rather than a single word. We call that group of words a prepositional phrase.[/quote]
Um, yeah. Sure. For the record, I majored in English in college and even I still need to google the definition. There is no shame if you didn’t remember what a preposition is or does, or exists.
We started studying prepositions in kindergarten and reviewed, and reviewed, and reviewed every year. Prepositions are taught early, in kindergarten, because kids that age need to know what “Put your toy next to the bookcase” or “Johnny is under the table” means. If those concepts can be taught early then it should be easier later on.
Never lose hope. Just saying.
If you have gotten this far and still need help with prepositions and/or prepositional phrases then you have come to the right place.
If you, too, need to brush on what these are, and have younger kids, this is a great refresher on prepositions. If your children are late elementary than GrammarRevolution.com has a quick read through and includes sentence diagramming.
By the way, I made this adorable “cut and paste” FREE printable for six prepositions. You can find it in the “Worksheets” section down below. It’s so cute even certain teen boys, who shall remain nameless, wanted a copy.
— VIDEOS —
“Preposition” by The Bazillions
Schoolhouse Rock “Busy Prepositions”
Grammaropolis.com’s Preposition Song “A Merit Badge Is Just Like a Cat”
You could always just memorize them with a song from Shurley English. (Which I highly recommend doing.)
— ONLINE GAMES —
- HarcourtSchool.com: Preposition Desert – Is the underlined word a preposition or the object of a preposition?
- Karen L. Cox: Fling the Teacher: Answer 15 questions and if you get them right your teacher is flung across the field in a wooden barrel. OK, not really, just in the Flash game.
- PlayingWithWords365.com: A printable card game using prepositions
If you must show your work here are some great free printables all about prepositions, prepositional phrases, and finding the object of the preposition.
- BogglesWorld ESL (K-7): Several very cute handwriting worksheets with monkey, teddy bear, or toy graphics. You click on the links and the Word doc worksheet auto downloads to hard drive.
- TurtleDiary: Three worksheets (fill in the blank, complete the sentence, and choose the correct sentence) for 1st grade.
- K12Reader.com: About 13 worksheets for grades K – 7
- WorksheetWorks.com: Identifying and prepositions, prepositional phrases and objects
- LJSkool.com: Get our free printable prepositions worksheet by clicking the blue button below.
— BOOKS —
- Under, Over, By the Clover: What Is a Preposition? (Words Are CATegorical ®)
- Behind the Mask: A Book about Prepositions (World of Language)
- If You Were a Preposition (Word Fun)
- The Preposition Words : 30 illustrated preposition words for kids
Of course, you can always check out our Pinterest board “Language Arts: Prepositions” for more activities!