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This “Preposition Man” idea won’t go “IN one ear and OUT the other”


Art, Language Arts  


6, 7, 8, 9  

Title – Preposition Man
By – Marybeth Miller
Primary Subject – Language Arts
Secondary Subjects – Art
Grade Level – 6-9

This is a very simple way to review prepositions after you have taught them.

I received this idea from Eleanor, a teacher friend of mine (I wanted to give her credit!)

Get a 7-8′ long (at least 3′ wide) length of paper and lay it on the floor or on a large, sturdy table. Students in the class trace around a classmate that lies on the paper, and then they color the figure in and giving him/her whatever clothes and facial features they wish. Then students add prepositions to the drawing, such as “around” next to a belt or bracelet, “between” between the fingers, “above” above the head, etc. This can be fairly amusing to them and it is a hands-on way to show how prepositions work. Sometimes I even join in — my favorite is to put “in” next to one ear and “out” next to the other! Enjoy!

Note from This idea is also good for teaching clothing and body part names in a foreign language.

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