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Spanish Prepositions

Learning Spanish prepositions using classroom objects is an ideal topic since many students associate school supplies with prior knowledge. We learned the names for common classroom objects in our last Spanish lesson. 

Many of these objects can easily be found just by looking for them every day in your classroom or homeschool class. Today, we will learn how to use these classroom objects to learn about Spanish prepositions.

If you didn’t get a chance to print out the Spanish Classroom object worksheet, I hope you can have one handy for the next activity we will be doing. You will also need the following:

Supplies

  • Color pencils
  • Scissors
  • Pencil
  • Writing worksheet

When practicing Spanish preposition, it is easier to see them in action. For instance, when you’re doing these activities, it is helpful to have the items mentioned in the Spanish Classroom Object worksheet for you to identify the item and to understand how prepositions play a role in position and location.

List of Spanish Prepositions

  1. under (abajo)
  2. on (sobre)
  3. next to (al lado)
  4. in front of (adelante)
  5. between (entre)

This is merely a small list of the many prepositions found in Spanish. The list is just a representation to give you an idea about Spanish prepositions and how they relate to place. Let’s begin by practicing these prepositions.

spanish prepositions

Matching Memory Game

With the matching memory game, you will learn the 5 location Spanish prepositions using the Spanish Classroom Object worksheet we started using the last lesson.

It is very helpful to have multiple copies of each worksheet available for students to work in pairs or individually.

I also recommend laminating the sheet, cutting each individual box, and placing them in small plastic zip bags to make the cards last longer.

Instructions

1). Print out the Spanish Prepositions worksheet

2). Cut each box along the solid line

3). Place each cut-out face down on a desk or table

4). Match each picture with the appropriate preposition

5). Identify each classroom object using your Spanish Classroom Object worksheet

6). Use the Writing worksheet to practice writing some of these prepositional phrases in English and Spanish

Accommodations

For ELA students, you might want to point out the bilingual part of the preposition in English and Spanish. In the matching memory game, the English version is in blue color and the Spanish version is in green color. You may also use double and single underlines for any color-blind student.

Exit Ticket

At the end of the lesson, a great exit ticket can be to ask students to place a “lápiz” under the desk or on the desk. Whoever places the pencil first may win a prize.

I hope you join me next time when we will learn about sentence structure and using interactive notebook inserts.

Barbara Mascareno

Barbara is an educational writer, teacher, and instructional designer. She loves to write K-12 education content, teaching strategies, bilingual education approaches, and foreign language.

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