Preposition Practice

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Language Arts, Writing, Grammar

Grade 5- 8

Objective

Students learn how to use prepositions.

Directions

Give students an introduction to prepositions.
Prepositions--Words that show a relationship between other words
To see how prepositions work, look at these two words:
fox log
Prepositions can show the relationship between the fox and the log:
The fox was under the log.
The fox was on the log.
The fox was by the log.
The fox was in the log.
Prepositions always start prepositional phrases. A phrase is a group of words that doesn't make a whole sentence--a group of words that do a job together. These are all prepositional phrases:
under the log, on the log, by the log, in the log
Prepositional phrases always begin with a preposition and end with the object of the preposition. The object of the preposition is a word that answers What? or Whom? about the preposition. Under what? The log. On what? The log. In all the above prepositional phrases, log is the object of the preposition.
Here is a list of common prepositions:
aboard
about
above
across
after
against
along
among
around
at
before
behind
below
beneath
beside
besides
between
beyond
but
by
down
during
except
for
from
in
inside
into
like
near
of
off
on
onto
out
outside
over
past
through
throughout
to
toward
under
underneath
until
up
upon
with
within
without

Prepositions can also be made up of more than one word. These are called compound prepositions. Here are some common compound prepositions:
according to
aside from
as of
because of
in addition to
in front of
in spite of
instead of
next to
on account of
out of
prior to

Resources

  • Preposition Practice activity pages (3 per student)
  • pens or pencils

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