Prepositions of Place ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

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ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - 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 classroom, 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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Location, Location

ESL Prepositions of Place Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

This prepositions of place worksheet helps students learn and practice ten place prepositions. Students begin 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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Interactive Version - In this prepositions of place interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to learn ten place prepositions.

 

Picasso

ESL Prepositions of Place Activity - Reading, Listening and Drawing - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free 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. When the students have finished, they 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. Student A then reads the instructions on their worksheet to Student B. Student B listens and draws the objects in the bottom picture frame. When Student A has read out all the instructions, the students swap roles. Afterwards, the students compare their pictures with their partner and check the positions are correct.
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Prepositions of Place Dominoes

ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - 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 then 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 must take back the domino and play passes to the next student. When a player has no more dominoes left in their hand, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game.
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Up, Down, Left, Right

ESL Up, Down, Left, Right Activity - Reading, Listening and Drawing - 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 along with prepositions of place. Their partner follows the instructions and draws pictures in the grid on the worksheet. Afterwards, the students swap roles. When the students have finished, they check each other's drawings and locations. They do this 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 - Reading, Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

Here is a prepositions of place game to help teach the place prepositions: under, on, in, in front of, next to and beside. 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', etc. When each group has finished writing, they give their dominoes to another group. The first player in the group puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that their picture or sentence matches with the domino on the table. 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. 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 - Listening and Speaking - 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, the students check the locations and pictures by comparing worksheets.
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At the Shopping Mall

ESL Prepositions of Place Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - 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. Give each group of four a shopping mall floor plan and give each student a set of clues. The 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 the floor plan. When the groups have completed the floor plan, check the answers with the class.
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Prepositional Preferences

ESL Prepositions of Place Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free preposition 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, the students tick the statements in Exercise A that are true for them and write three more sentences about their preferences and habits using prepositions of place. Next, in groups, the students find out which preferences and habits they have in common and then give feedback to the class.
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Interactive Version - This free prepositions of place interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students learn the place prepositions: in, on, at.

 

Prepositions in the Park

ESL Place Prepositions Picture Dictation - Listening and Drawing Activity - 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. Student A goes first by describing their park picture to Student B using prepositions of place and the present continuous. Student A tells their partner what to draw and where to draw it. Student B 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 Student A has finished describing their picture, the two students swap roles with Student B describing their park picture to Student A. When both students have finished, they compare their pictures with their partner and check for similarities and differences.
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This is Asia

ESL Prepositions of Place Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging preposition of place game, students ask yes/no questions in order to locate countries on a map. Student A secretly chooses one country on the map and writes the name of the country on a piece of paper. Student B 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?' 'Is it next to China?' Etc. Student A answers yes or no accordingly. The student also keeps track of how many questions Student B asks. If Student B finds the country by asking ten questions or less, they score one point. If Student B is unable to locate the country after ten questions have been asked, Student A scores one point. Afterwards, the 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 - Reading, Listening and Matching - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this preposition of place activity, students listen to clues containing prepositions of place and work out where various fruits and vegetables are located on a stall. Give each group of four a copy of a stall plan and give each student a set of clues. The 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, Matching and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

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