Students in kindergarten and first grade will be able to identify prepositions by using manipulatives to show location. Kindergarten students will be able to describe visual characteristics of work using visual arts terminology as well as speak in complete sentences when describing locations of objects in space.
This lesson will take two forty-minute class periods to complete.
Each student will be given two shapes that are two colors (i.e. red circle and green triangle). These can be made out of paper, felt, cardboard, construction paper or math blocks. They should be about four inches tall/wide. The teacher will be holding up larger versions of these at the front of the class. The teacher will call out for students to hold up each one so they are identified positively. Prepositions will be called out to the class (ex: the red circle is on top of the green triangle) and the teacher will place his/her examples up in the air for the class to see. The students must then duplicate what is being shown and hold their shapes up for the teacher to see and correct if necessary. This will continue with the terms
. During the next class, students will have the opportunity to draw shapes on paper which demonstrate understanding of their prior knowledge. When called upon, they will each say a sentence that describes their drawing, as in "I drew a red circle under a blue square." Additionally, the teacher can call out shapes and locations, and students must draw them in the correct locations on their paper.