Lesson/Unit Summary: In this unit, students learn about prepositions to indicate locations as well as the interrogative adverb “where” to ask about places. The teaching materials, which include maps of places with authentic shop names, are related to students’ daily lives. To make the lessons more interesting to students, different resources such as PowerPoint slides, songs and soft toys are used. The various teaching aids can cater for students’ different learning styles. Various activities have also been devised. An information gap activity has been included in Lesson 3 to encourage interaction between students and to consolidate students’ learning. In addition to verbal communication, students are also given an opportunity to draw a school map based on the song lyrics, which can facilitate the teacher to assess students’ understanding of the target prepositions.

Level of Students: Senior Primary 

Lesson Duration: 35 minutes (3 lessons)

Learning Objectives:

At the end of this unit, students should be able to:

  1. Show an understanding of the target prepositions of location (next to, across, in front of and behind). (Lesson 1)
  2. Show an understanding of the prepositions next to, across, in front of and behind by drawing a school map to indicate location. (Lesson 2)
  3. Use the interrogative adverb “where” to ask about location: Where is the _______________? (Lesson 3)
  4. Use prepositions to indicate location: The ______ is (different prepositions) the ________.(Lesson 3)
  5. Use expressions such as “Go straight. Take the first/second turning on the right/left” to give directions. (Lesson 3)

Lesson Plan: Prepositions (Senior Primary)

Teaching Materials: 

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We would like to express our gratitude to Li Man Yee for sending the project team her original lesson plan and allowing us to make modifications to it. 

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Lee, G. M., & Lee, F. K. J. (2020). Prepositions. Retrieved from

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