Introduction to Prepositions and Prepositional Phrases Copyright © 2011 Middle School Novel Units Inc St. Petersburg, FL The purchaser of this unit has the permission to use these materials in a single classroom only. Use of or reproduction by an entire school or school system or any other type of institution or for any commercial use is strictly prohibited. No part of this presentation may be reproduced, transmitted, or stored in any form without the express written permission of the publisher. www.teacherspayteachers.com/Store/Middle-School-Novel-Units/Products Length: Approximately 10 minutes A prepositional phrase begins with a preposition and ends with a noun or a pronoun. Commonly Used Prepositions about above across after against along among around as at before behind down during for from in inside into like near of off on onto outside over past since through to toward under unlike until up upon with within without Some Commonly Used Prepositions: The prepositional phrase is not the subject, and it is not the action (or verb) of the sentence. It is extra information added to the sentence and often (but not always) shows location. Example 1: Daniel and Chloe had a birthday celebration (subject) (action) with their friends in January. (prepositional phrase) (prepositional phrase) Example 2: Emily and William enjoyed swimming in the creek (subject) (action) at their cabin in northern Georgia. (prepositional phrase) (prepositional phrase) (prepositional phrase) Pay attention as I identify the prepositions and prepositional phrases from the following sentences. 1. My husband prefers to watch television shows about history. 1. My husband prefers to watch television shows (about) history. 2. If bluebirds fly over the rainbow, why can’t I? 2. If bluebirds fly (over) the rainbow, why can’t I? 3. Owen works at the store across the street from his small apartment. 3. Owen works (at) the store (across) the street (from) his small apartment. 4. Alyssa and Elijah work nearly every day after school. 4. Alyssa and Elijah work nearly (every) day (after) school. 5. Our cat chases squirrels around the shed, in the backyard, and on the back porch. 5. Our cat chases squirrels (around) the shed, (in) the backyard, and (on) the back porch. 6. Nathan works at a grocery store approximately two miles from his house. 6. Nathan works (at) a grocery store approximately two miles (from) his house. 7. There is a safe hidden in the room, but nobody knows where it is. 7. There is a safe hidden (in) the room, but nobody knows where it is. 8. Dorothy noticed there was a man behind the curtain. 8. Dorothy noticed there was a man (behind) the curtain.