Prepositions are words that express locations in time and space. They indicate relationships between nouns and other words. Learning prepositions is cornerstone to understanding the English language. Since prepositions are used quite frequently, it is worth taking the time to learn them.
It's often said that one shouldn't end one's sentences with a preposition. Most grammarians now agree that this is NOT a rule but a signal. There is nothing wrong with ending a clause or sentence with a preposition, but it's often an indication that the preposition is redundant or unnecessary. For example: Where did you go to school at?
This is grammatically incorrect, not because it ends with a preposition, but because the preposition is redundant. The example sentence should just say, Where did you go to school? The preposition at adds nothing to the sentence. It is unnecessary and should be removed. So while there is nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition, it is often a signal that your preposition is redundant. Try to avoid constructing sentences with redundant prepositions.
Here are some preposition worksheets and activities that I've developed over the years. I hope that these resources help you achieve your goals.
Interesting Classroom Activities with Prepositions
Here are a couple of interesting ways to teach prepositions:
Practice Use: Hold a book above a desk. Ask students where the book is. Hold the book below the desk. Ask students to describe where the book is in relation to the desk. Move the book on the side of the desk, behind the desk, and in front of the desk, asking students to describe the location of the book in relation to the desk. Make the connection that prepositions are words that show location. Do a similar activity with their class period in relation to their lunch period to show how prepositions express time relations as well.
The Poser Game: Have one student leave the room. Have another student volunteer get up and hold a crazy pose, like a statue. Students should use prepositions to describe, with as much detail as possible, how the student is positioned. Then, the student on the outside is invited back into the classroom. Students try to have the new arrival replicate the pose of the former based on their descriptions.
Prepositions Lesson - Here is an animated PowerPoint slideshow covering prepositions. It provides definitions, examples, and practice problems. There are two versions of this presentation: one with sounds and one without. The one with sounds has voice actors reading the examples. Some students may find this distracting, however, so I have also included a version of this lesson without sounds. Would you like to see how I present this lesson? Click on the YouTube video posted after the links to the lesson.
Prepositions Lesson - With Sounds | PPTX Prepositions Lesson - Without Sounds | PPTX
Prepositions Lesson 2- Here is an older slideshow lesson that also explains prepositions. It provides a list of common prepositions and includes a practice activity where students identify prepositions in sentences.
Prepositions Lesson PPT