Prepositions of Place ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this prepositions of place game, students ask yes/no questions with place prepositions to find out where objects are hidden in the classroom. Before you start the activity, you will need two small objects. One object should be singular (e.g. a key) and the other should be plural (e.g. some scissors). Teams take it in turns to leave the classroom while the two objects are hidden somewhere in the room. When the team comes back into the room, they ask yes/no questions with prepositions of place to find out where the singular object is hidden, e.g. 'Is the key under something?' 'Is it on something?' Etc. When the team has found the singular object, they ask questions to locate the plural object, e.g. 'Are the scissors in something?' The aim of the game is to find both objects by asking the least number of questions. Teams score one point every time they ask a question. The team with the lowest number of points wins the game.
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Prepositions of Place Dominoes

ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Grammar: Matching, Forming Sentences, Freer Practice - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this prepositions of place matching game, students play dominoes to practice the place prepositions: in, on, at. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the preposition of place matches with the noun (or vice versa) to make a prepositional phrase. If the player matches the preposition of place successfully, they score a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the prepositional phrase in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a prepositional phrase is formed. If a prepositional phrase is wrong, the player takes back the domino and play passes to the next student. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The player with the most points wins the game.
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Up, Down, Left, Right

ESL Up, Down, Left, Right Activity - Reading and Listening: Reading and Following Instructions, Drawing - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this up, down, left, right activity, students follow instructions using the words up, down, left and right along with prepositions of place and draw pictures in certain squares on a grid. Student A starts by reading a set of instructions to their partner using the words up, down, left and right together with prepositions of place. Their partner follows the instructions and draws pictures in the grid on the worksheet. Afterwards, students swap roles. When the students have finished, they check each other's drawings and locations, without showing the answers to their partner. If some drawings or locations are wrong, the instructions are repeated.
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Where are the objects?

ESL Place Prepositions Game - Vocabulary: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Matching - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

Here is a prepositions of place game to help teach the place prepositions: under, on, in, in front of, and next to. In the activity, students write sentences about where objects are located and play a game of dominoes by matching the sentences with pictures and vice-versa. Groups start by writing sentences about the locations of objects in pictures on the dominoes. They do this by referring to a belongings worksheet to see who each item belongs to, e.g. 'Liam's book is on the table'. Each group then gives their dominoes to another group. The group members then play dominoes by putting a domino down at either end of the domino chain, making sure that their picture or sentence matches with the domino on the table. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Where are these places?

ESL Place Prepositions Activity - Speaking: Information Gap, Asking Questions from Prompts, Giving Locations - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this prepositions of place speaking activity, students describe the locations of shops and buildings on a street map. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask their partner about the location of the missing shops and buildings on their worksheet, e.g. 'Where is the pizza restaurant?' Their partner then uses prepositions of place to describe the location of the shop and the student marks the location described on their map. When the students have finished, they describe the five named shops or buildings to their partner using prepositions of place, e.g. 'There is a man in the window'. Their partner listens and draws anything that is not shown on their worksheet. Afterwards, students check the locations and pictures by comparing worksheets.
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At the Shopping Mall

ESL Prepositions of Place Activity - Vocabulary and Listening: Listening for Locations - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this free prepositions of place activity, students listen to clues that contain prepositions of place and work out where various places are located in a shopping mall. Students take it in turns to read out their clues to the group. The group then tries to work out where the various places are located and an assigned student marks their answers on a floor plan. When the groups have completed the floor plan, check the answers with the class.
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Location, Location

ESL Prepositions of Place Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Matching, Gap-fill, Answering Questions from Prompts - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

This prepositions of place worksheet helps students learn and practice the ten place prepositions: on, in, under, above, in front of, next to, beside, near, behind and between. Students start by matching prepositions of place to corresponding pictures. Students then look at another picture and complete sentences with prepositions of place. Next, students answer questions about the picture using place prepositions. In the last exercise, students work with a partner and take it in turns to ask and answer questions about the location of objects in the classroom using prepositions of place.
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Picasso

ESL Prepositions of Place Activity - Reading and Listening: Following Instructions, Drawing - Group and Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this prepositions of place drawing activity, students follow instructions and draw objects in certain positions in a picture frame. In two groups, students follow the instructions on their worksheet and draw objects in the top picture frame. Students then compare their drawings with the other people in their group and check the positions are correct. Next, each student pairs up with someone from the other group. One student then reads the instructions on their worksheet to their partner who listens and draws the objects in the bottom picture frame. When the student has read out all the instructions, the two students swap roles. Afterwards, students compare their pictures with their partner and check the positions are correct.
 

Prepositional Preferences

ESL Prepositions of Place Worksheet - Vocabulary and Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Writing Sentences - Speaking Activity: Freer Practice - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free prepositions of place worksheet, students use the topic of preferences and habits to practice the prepositions of place: in, on, at. Students begin by completing gaps in sentences about preferences and habits with the prepositions of place: in, on, at. Students then complete the grammar rules associated with the prepositions of place. After that, students tick the statements in Exercise A that are true for them and write three more sentences about their preferences and habits using place prepositions. Next, in groups, students find out which preferences and habits they have in common and then give feedback to the class.
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Prepositions in the Park

ESL Place Prepositions Activity - Speaking: Picture Dictation, Describing, Drawing - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this prepositions of place picture dictation activity, students use place prepositions and the present continuous to describe and draw park scene pictures. In pairs, one student goes first and describes their park picture to their partner using prepositions of place and the present continuous. Their partner listens to the description and draws the picture, asking questions for clarification if necessary. The two students are only allowed to speak and ask and answer questions. They cannot look at each other's pictures. When the student has finished describing their picture, the two students swap roles. Finally, students compare their pictures with their partner and check for similarities and differences.
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This is Asia

ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Speaking Activity: Asking and Answering Questions, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging prepositions of place game, students ask yes/no questions in order to locate countries on a map. One student secretly chooses one country on the map and writes the name of the country on a piece of paper. Their partner then asks up to ten yes/no questions in order to locate the country, e.g. 'Is it on the coast?' 'Is it in the Pacific Ocean?' 'Is it above the equator?' Etc. The student answers yes or no accordingly and keeps track of how many questions their partner asks. If their partner finds the country by asking ten questions or less, they score one point. If their partner is unable to locate the country, the student scores one point. Afterwards, students swap roles. The first student to score ten points wins the game.
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Where are the carrots?

ESL Prepositions of Place Activity - Listening and Vocabulary: Reading Clues, Matching - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this place prepositions activity, students listen to clues containing prepositions of place and work out where various fruits and vegetables are located on a stall. Students take it in turns to read out their clues to the group. The group then tries to work out where the various fruits and vegetables are placed on the stall in order to find out the location of the carrots. When the groups have finished, review the answers with the class by drawing the stall on the board and having the students label each box.
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Where is your classroom?

ESL Place Prepositions Activity - Reading and Writing: Labelling, Writing a Paragraph, Freer Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This challenging place prepositions activity is ideal for reviewing prepositions of place. First, students read clues about the location of places in a school and label the rooms on a floor plan. Afterwards, check the answers with the class by drawing the floor plan on the board and having the students label each room. Finally, students write a description of the location of their classroom and then read out their descriptions to the class.
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