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Prepositions of Time, Place and Movement - ESL/EFL Teaching Activities

Draw the Directions - Prepositions of Movement

ESL/EFL Drawing and Writing Activity - Elementary - 40 Minutes

With this creative teaching activity, students draw pictures to match a set of directions. Each student then has to create a set of new directions for the classmate to draw. All the sentences contain prepositions of movement that are commonly used when giving directions. 

Draw the Directions - Prepositions of Movement.PDF

 

Gold Star Directions Game

ESL/EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

Improve your students' understanding of imperatives, prepositions of movement and place with this practical directions game. Teams follow directions to find various gold stars that have been placed throughout the classroom and building. When all the stars have been found, each team is given another gold star and sent off to put their star somewhere in the building. Each team writes instructions from the classroom to the location of their star. When all the teams return, the teams challenge one another to find their gold star by following their instructions. Cartoon students

Gold Star Directions Game - Prepositions of Movement and Place.PDF

 

Hide and Seek - Prepositions of Place

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This interesting teaching activity gives students practice asking yes/no questions combined with prepositions of place. Before you start, you will need two small objects. One object should be singular, e.g. a key and one object should be plural, e.g. scissors. Students work in small teams. A team leaves the room for a short time. While the team is outside the room, the other students hide the two objects in different places somewhere in the room. When the teams return, they ask questions to the students to find out where the objects are hidden, e.g. Is it on something? Is it behind something? Etc. When you have found the singular object, they then have to locate the plural object. Teams score one point every time they ask a question. Each team should try to find the objects using a minimal number of questions, as the team with the lowest number of points is the winner.

Hide and Seek.PDF

 

In, On, At Dominoes - Prepositions of Time

ESL/EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Help your students to understand how to use prepositions of time with this dominoes game. For the purpose of this teaching activity, students are split into twos. Each pair is handed a set of dominoes. The dominoes contain the prepositions of time in, on and at on one side and a time expression on the other. The students shuffle the dominoes and divide them out equally. The first player begins by placing down a domino. Then, the other player must try to match the preposition with a time expression by putting one of their dominoes on either side of the first domino. The students continue taking it in turns to place dominoes until one student has no dominoes left. This student is the winner.

In, On, At Dominoes - Prepositions of Time.PDF

 

In, On, At - Prepositions of Time

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This imaginative activity is great for teaching prepositions of time. First of all, the students complete sentences using the correct preposition of time. After that, the students are given preposition cards. The teacher calls out time expressions, and the students have to hold up the correct preposition. If they hold up the wrong preposition or are too slow, they are out. The winner is the last student left playing the game.

In, On, At - Prepositions of Time.PDF

 

Invite me out - Prepositions of Time and Place

ESL/EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes matching places and time expressions with the correct preposition. The students also practice making invitations using time and place prepositions. In groups of four, students play a game of dominoes with preposition cards and invite cards. The players put down dominoes by making sure that the preposition matches the time or place on the previous domino. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they have two options. They can play an invite card by inviting another player to go out or they can pick up a card from the pile. The winner is the first player to get rid of all their dominoes.

Invite me out.PDF

 

Picasso - Prepositions of Place

ESL/EFL Listening, Speaking and Drawing Activity - Elementary - 35 Minutes

This is a great activity for practicing or reviewing prepositions of place, specifically prepositions of location and direction. The teacher starts the activity by drawing a picture frame on the board. The teacher labels and explains the use of top-right, on the left/right side, bottom left, etc. Students take turns in drawing objects in the frame in a range of positions. After that, students describe where the objects are located. The class is then split in two. The teacher hands out student A and B worksheets. Students draw pictures in the upper frame of their worksheet according to the instructions. Next, students A and B are paired together. Students read their instructions to their partner who draws all of the objects in the lower frame. After that, the students compare their pictures and discuss any differences. Students then add new objects to their drawings and dictate these new instructions to their partners. When both pictures are finished, the partners ask and answer questions about the location of the new objects.

Picasso.PDF

 

Prepositions of Place

ESL/EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This useful worksheet is just the thing for teaching your students how to use the prepositions of place, in, on and at. Students start by completing statements with the prepositions. Then, they complete the grammar rules associated with the prepositions of place. After which, they tick the statements in exercise 1 that are true for them and add three more true sentences using prepositions of place. Finally, the students discover which things they have in common with their classmates.

Prepositions of Place.PDF

 

Prepositions of Place 2

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

The following link will take you to a useful activity for teaching prepositions of place. Students begin by completing sentences about themselves and other people using prepositions. After that, students are given a list of example sentences and pictures to show the meanings of the various prepositions of place. Then, students use the examples as a guide and they describe other pictures using the correct preposition.

Prepositions of Place 2.PDF

 

Prepositions of Place and Movement

ESL/EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

The link below will take you to memorable worksheet that helps students to practice and understand how to use prepositions of place and movement. Students begin by reading through explanations and examples for the prepositions of place: in, on and at, and the prepositions of movement: into, onto and to. Then, students read some sentences that describe a picture. The students use the explanations and examples to identify which prepositions are wrong in the sentences. After that, students complete some gap-fill exercises and trace a route on a picture of a town.

Prepositions of Place and Movement.PDF

 

Prepositions of Time Lesson

ESL/EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes

Here is a straightforward lesson for teaching prepositions of time. In this lesson, students learn how to identify the correct preposition for a range of time expressions. To begin, the students put time expressions into different categories depending on the time preposition used. Following that, students complete the rules associated with the prepositions. After that, the class performs a find someone who activity based on the time prepositions they have learnt. The students then tell the class about the people they interviewed in the activity.

Lesson - Prepositions of Time.PDF

Prepositions Tic Tac Toe

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This strategic game works well for teaching or reviewing prepositions of place and time. The class is divided into small teams and paired off. The objective of the game is to make grammatically correct sentences in order to form a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of Xs or Os (Tic-Tac-Toe).

Prepositions Tic Tac Toe.PDF

 

Maze - Prepositions of Movement

ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes

In this fun-filled game, students use prepositions of movement to guide someone through a maze. Students are separated into teams. Each team chooses one student to be their player. The players from each team are blindfolded. Next, the desks in the class are rearranged to resemble a maze with one entrance and one exit. The objective of the game is for the teams to navigate their player through the maze in the shortest possible time using prepositions of movement.

Maze.PDF

 

Time Dominoes - Prepositions of Time

EFL/EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

In this teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes using prepositions of time. After the students have completed the game and had practice using the prepositions, they write sentences about themselves using the target vocabulary.

Time Dominoes - Prepositions of Time.PDF

 

Time Prepositions - Board Game

EFL/EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

Teach or review the prepositions of time in, on, at with this wonderful board game. The object of the game is to match times and prepositions correctly so as to ask a question.  When a player lands on a time square, they look at their cards and find a preposition card that matches the time in the square. If the player has an appropriate preposition card, they ask a question to any other player, involving that time phrase. When the other player replies, they discard their preposition card, and take another from the pile. Then, it's the next player's turn. If a player does not have the correct preposition card, they must miss a go. The player who gets to finish first is the winner.

Time Prepositions - Board Game.PDF

 

Up, Down, Left, Right

ESL/EFL Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes

This fun activity will teach your students about prepositions of place and movement. It may also serve to teach imperatives. Students work with a partner. The first student gives a list of instructions to their partner. Their partner follows the instructions and draws pictures in a grid according to the prepositions given. When the instructions have been completed, they check the locations of the pictures and then swap roles.

Up, Down, Left, Right.PDF

 

Where is my classroom? - Prepositions of Place

ESL/EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes

This puzzle will teach your students about prepositions of place. Students read a list of clues and label a floor plan to find a classroom's location. The students then have to write a description about the location of their own classroom.

Where is my classroom? - Prepositions of Place.PDF

 

Find Someone Who - Prepositions of Time

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate -  25 Minutes

Students ask and answer questions using prepositions of time during this teaching activity. The students start by constructing different question forms according the statements on their worksheet. Afterwards, the students move around the room asking the various questions to their classmates. When someone replies positively to a question, the student asks a follow-up question to gain more information. At the end of the activity, students give feedback to the class about what they found out.

Find Someone Who - Prepositions of Time.PDF

 

Where are the carrots? - Prepositions of place

ESL/EFL Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 15 Minutes

You can use this speaking task to teach or review prepositions of place. Begin by putting the students into groups of four. Working together, the group members have to work out where various fruit and vegetables are placed on a stall. The objective is to find the location of the carrots.

Where are the carrots? - Prepositions of place.PDF

 

Other teaching activities using prepositions can be found below:

Battle Tanks

Picture Dictations

My Dream Home

Time

 
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