A prepositional phrase increases the amount of detail in a sentence for the reader. Use this resource with your students to practice choosing the best prepositional phrase to complete a sentence based on the context.
Words work together in a sentence, each one performing a different task. By fifth grade, students have become more adept readers and writers and they are familiar with the basic parts of speech. The activities in this unit revisit some of the basics and also add depth to their existing understanding. Students will engage in such topics as superlative adjectives, correlative conjunctions and prepositional phrases, to name a few.
Prepositions add valuable information to nonfiction texts by helping us understand where and when something happened. In this activity, students will seek to identify prepositions and use them to complete sentences with the help of a word bank.
Good writers add detail to their sentences to help readers understand and visualize the context. A prepositional phrase is the key! In this exercise, your students will improve sentences by adding prepositional phrases.
A preposition is the first part of a prepositional phrase that indicates location. Children begin to learn preposition words in school as early as kindergarten, although they have likely used these location indicators even earlier without knowing what they were called. For some examples of prepositions, refer to the bottom of this page or dive in to our educational resources.
Prepositions are a quick way to say where or when something happened or is happening. We have provided some common examples of prepositions below:
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Once you have an understanding of what words are considered prepositions, you can then start to build prepositional phrases. Prepositional phrases are composed of a preposition, a noun or pronoun object of the preposition, and an optional modifier of the object.
Before midnight: “Before” is the preposition, “midnight” is the object of the preposition, and there is no modifier
On the desk: “On” is the preposition, “desk” is the object of the preposition, and “the” is a modifier
To school: “To” is the preposition, “school” is the object of the preposition, and there is no modifier
To learn more about making and recognizing prepositional phrases, try out our resources here.
Prepositions can be confusing, so now that you’ve been introduced to the different ways to describe location both in the physical world and in time, check out the various worksheets, lessons plans, and exercises on our page to get more practice in using prepositions!