LEVEL: Elementary

OBJECTIVES: The students should be able to:

1. give the correct location of items inside a room
2. draw location of items inside a room based on oral instructions

MATERIALS: A big picture of a room containing a lot of furniture and items inside, markers, strips of paper, prepared commands for TPR game, bond paper, pencil

TIME FRAME: Around 45 minutes

PROCEDURE:

1.) Check first if the students know some prepositions by asking them to give the location of objects inside the room. To control the situation, you can put things inside the classroom that will elicit the desired response like the prepositions under, on top of, next to, behind, etc. For example, place your bag under the table and then ask,”Where is my bag?”

2.) If the students’ vocabulary is limited, unlock the necessary prepositions by writing selected ones on strips of paper. Discuss and show the meaning of each new preposition.

beside/ next to
in front of
behind/at the back of
on top of
between
under
above
over
near
opposite
at the center
in the corner
left side
right side

3.) Play a TPR (total physical response) game. Call batches of students (depending on the class size) to follow your commands. It is better to prepare a list of commands for this activity. Just jumble up the commands per batch of students.

Run to your right. (Be careful with right and left. It should be their
right and left and not yours.)
Go to the center.
Move near the door.
Stand behind a seated classmate.
Put your hand under a chair.
Touch an object between two other objects.
Sit on the floor.

4.) Tell the class that you have a picture of a room. They will draw how it looks like by listening to the location given by a classmate one at time. Their pictures need not be very beautiful. What is needed is the correct location of objects inside the room. Call students or volunteers who will give the location of the furniture and items seen in the picture. The rest of the class will try to draw the picture one step at a time by using bond paper and pencil. Unlock vocabulary as needed.

5.) Show the picture once the students are finished. Compare their drawings with the picture and see who has drawn the most accurate or the nearest depiction of the picture.

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