Where Is the Ball?

In seventh grade, my students study locations and prepositions like in, on, by, and under. In eighth grade, they learn the patterns There is … and There are … The obvious natural topic is things in the classroom. Start off by talking about the TV or things near the door, and then use these flashcards to clarify the phrases.

The slideshow here (in ODP or PDF) has eighteen slides.

  1. The ball is by the box.
  2. The ball is in the box.
  3. The ball is on the box.
  4. The ball is by the table.
  5. The ball is under the table.
  6. The ball is on the table.
  7. The ball is in the basket.
  8. The ball is by the basket.
  9. The ball is under the desk.
  10. The ball is on the sofa.
  11. The ball is under the sofa.
  12. The ball is in the trash can.
  13. The ball is behind the chair.
  14. The ball is in front of the chair.
  15. The ball is between the books.
  16. The ball is in front of the computer.
  17. The ball is behind the computer.
  18. The ball is between the chairs.

As usual, sentences that are true but different from the above sentences are entirely acceptable. Instead of by, one might say next to or near. Instead of sofa, one might say couch. For seventh graders, trash can might be new vocabulary, and one might also say trash or garbage or garbage can. It’s good for students to learn that a single question might have many correct answers.

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