Prepositions of Position- Miming Games

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: General
Grammar Topic: Prepositions
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 9th Jun 2017

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Prepositions of Position- Miming Games
Play either or both of the games below using sentences like those in the table on the next 
page. The table probably includes more things than you have in your classroom, more 
language than your students can think of how to mime and/ or language that your students
won’t know (e.g. some of the prepositions), so you will probably want to edit it down or 
select carefully from it when you do the miming. 

Prepositions of position guess the mimes
The teacher or a student mimes one of the things from the table below, miming the first 
thing with their body or hands and using real things in the classroom for the second 
column. If the student can’t read/ understand the sentence that they choose, tell them to 
choose an easier one, whisper the sentence in their ear and/ or demonstrate the mime 
somewhere that the other students can’t see, e.g. just outside the door. The rest of the 
class race to shout out and/ or write down the right sentence to explain that thing, if 
possible without looking at the table below. Perhaps as an extension, you could also get 
them to race to draw the sentence (e.g. drawing a cup on someone’s head), and then say 
and/ or write a sentence to describe that thing.   

Prepositions of position miming race 
The teacher or a student shouts out, writes up or flashes up a sentence from the table and
the rest of the class race to mime that thing as quickly as possible. If you are playing for 
points, you can give one point for the first correct mime and/ or one point for the best 
mime. To add speaking, you can then ask the students who get the points and/ or the 
whole class to describe that mime.  

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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Possible Preposition of Position Mimes Table

object to mime

preposition real object in the

classroom

The ball
The book
The bowl 
The butterfly 
The cat 
The church 
The cup
The dog 
The elephant 
The fork 
The fox 
The rabbit 
The scissors 
The snake 
The spider 
The crocodile
The horse
The rhino
The fat man
The house/ The roof
The bird
The helicopter

is

on
in
under
by/ next to
in front of
behind
near

my ear
my head
my knee
my mouth
my shirt
my shoe
my shoulder
my sock
my T-shirt
my trousers
the carpet/ the 
floor
the chair
the door
the map
the poster
the table
the wall
the whiteboard
the window

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2017

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