Prepositional Phrases Lesson Plan for Elementary School

Instructor: Sharon Linde

Sharon has a Masters of Science in Mathematics

Use this lesson plan to help you teach your 4th grade students about prepositional phrases. Start with an informational text lesson and instructional activity, then play games using materials you already have on hand.

Learning Objectives

After this lesson, students will be able to:

  • identify prepositional phrases in print
  • form prepositional phrases
  • use prepositional phrases in speech and writing


1 - 1.5 hours


  • Sentence strips

Key Vocabulary

  • Preposition
  • Prepositional phrase

Curriculum Standards

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1

Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.

  • CCSS.ELA-Literacy.L.4.1.e

Form and use prepositional phrases.

Direct Instruction

  • Review or teach students about the term 'preposition.'
  • Write three sentences on the board and divide students into partners. Ask the pairs to copy the sentences into their notebooks and then work together to identify the preposition in each sentence.
  • Show students how to underline the preposition in each sentence as they share their answers.
  • Next, tell students that each preposition has an object and that this object, along with the preposition, is called a prepositional phrase.
  • Circle the prepositional phrases in the three sentences, gradually allowing students to identify them without your guidance by the third example.
  • Write two more sentences with prepositional phrases and ask students to identify the preposition and prepositional phrase.
  • Work together to underline and circle as earlier. Repeat as necessary to ensure understanding.

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