Okay, I can't lie. I set out to teach prepositions this week and had NO IDEA how to do it. I didn't do anyyyything, and I mean anything, last year to teach them. All I could remember about them is memorizing them in 7th grade. And literally, that's all I could remember. I still have the capability to recite the first 30 or so off the top of my head. But I couldn't tell you anymore. And that's when I decided I needed to do them some justice for my own fourth graders. How could I teach them without making them memorize a list?
Well, I did some googling, some thinking, and some creating, and came up with this Preposition Mini Lesson! I broke it into two lessons this week and love how it turned out. I will finish it off with at least one more lesson this week, but it could easily be up to 4 quick (30 minute-ish) lessons. It made my class think about the purpose of prepositions and have a little fun at the same time (especially during Preposition Charades!). This lesson is designed with 4th grade in mind, but could easily be differentiated for any grade level.
In other news, we are in full TCAP (Colorado's state test) mode. When it comes to tests like this, it is hard for me not to stress. There is so much riding on it these days, and while I know that my students have learned all they can and will only do as best as they can, I still can't help but try and hype them up with some positives! One way I'm doing that this year, is sending home a letter to parents asking them to write a note of encouragement to their child. Pick up your own copy of the letter by clicking on the picture below and support your students. (Just a note, make sure you have back-up letters just in case a parent is unable to return you a letter in time!).
Hope this helps!
- Kelly Anne