Empowering Writers

February 2016 K-1 Lesson of the Month

This month’s lesson combines suspense with prepositional phrases.

  • First, read a book to the children in which the author uses a variety of prepositional phrases. Some suggested titles are: Bears in the Night by Stan and Jan Berenstein, (Random House Books for Young Readers, 1971), Rosie’s Walk by Pat Hutchins, Alladin, 1971), or Around the House, The Fox Chased the Mouse by Rick Walton, (Gibbs Smith, 2006).
  • Talk about the character in the story and all of the places he/she visited. Chart the different locations on the board, along with the prepositional phrase the preceded the setting. For example, from Bears in the Night, the bear went down the tree, over the wall, under the bridge, around the lake. MODEL the phrases along with an illustration of one of more.
  • Next, list the prepositions used in the book, adding a few of your own.
  • Have the students illustrate the character walking or moving, adding a positional preposition (they can borrow from the list), and a location.

Model Samples:

The bear climbed over the swing. (Add picture) (Highlight the preposition)

Rosie walked through the barn. (Add picture) (Highlight the preposition)

The fox chased the mouse around the tree. (Add picture) (Highlight the preposition)

  • For Kindergarten, collect the pages and bind the student samples into a book. For 1st Grade, have each student complete a book of her or his own (or have the students write their continuous story of over, under, on, through, etc., on a sentence strip, folded and divided into 6-8 sections with a picture and a phrase in each section).


Have the students create large versions of each picture to add to their sentence. Place these on the bulletin board and add Velcro dots to each picture. Laminate a bear picture (hen, fox, mouse) and place a Velcro dot on the back. The students can interactively move the character along the bulletin board, going over, through, under, around, etc.