Teaching Resource

Spot the Prepositional Phrase – Task Cards

PDF, Google Slides | 6 pages|Grades: 3 - 6

Identify the prepositional phrase within a sentence with this set of 16 task cards.

Stay on Top of Prepositional Phrase Practice

Use this resource in your reading center, as a guided writing activity, or a whole class exercise (see below) to identify prepositional phrases

Students will read the cards one at a time. On the recording sheet provided, they will write the preposition and the noun from the corresponding sentence.   

Through this parts of speech activity, students will demonstrate they can identify prepositions and objects of prepositions within a sentence. 

An answer key is included with your download so that students can self-check their work. 

Scaffolding & Extension Tips 

Challenge students who already understand the concept to write a list of sentences with prepositional phrases and swap with a partner to identify them in each other’s work. 

Support students who need help understanding the concepts by having them focus only on identifying the preposition. 

More Prepositional Phrase Activities with our Task Cards

Use this resource as independent practice for fast finishers, and full-class learning opportunities like scoot activities, lesson reviews, formative assessments, and more.

💭 Fill-in-the-Blank

Instead of providing the cards to your students, print them out and save the deck for yourself! As a whole class or small group activity, start by giving each student a recording sheet. Going in order, read the sentence out loud, omitting the preposition from the sentence. Challenge students to think of the prepositions they would use within the context of the sentence. They will write their suggested words in the spaces provided on the recording sheet. When you’ve gone through all 20 cards, start at the beginning again, and this time call on students to give you their suggested words.  

Please note: the directions on the answer sheet provided can be deleted or edited in Google Slides before printing if you use this version of the game.

✍️ Be the Writer

We turn the game above on its head for this version. Instead, read off only the preposition and noun on each card. Then, on a separate sheet of paper, students will put pencil to paper to write their own sentence with the prepositional phrase, keeping in mind subject-verb agreement. This activity will allow you to assess each students’ understanding of the concept while letting them get in some creative writing practice of their own. 

🛴 Scoot Activity

Place the task cards around the room in numerical order and give each student a recording sheet. Pair them up and give each group a number to start. Provide an appropriate amount of time to read the card and determine the prepositional phrase. Then say, “SCOOT” to alert the pairs to rotate to the next card. Continue in this manner until everyone has made it through all of the cards. 

Get our 10 Best Scaffolding Strategies here! 

Easily Prepare This Resource for Your Students

Print on cardstock for added durability and longevity. Place all pieces in a folder or large envelope for easy access. 

Keep the task cards out of pockets or under desks: cut out the cards and punch a hole in the corner of each to place them on a binder ring. 

To turn this teaching resource into a sustainable activity, print a few recording sheets on cardstock and slip them into dry-erase sleeves. Students can record their answers with a dry-erase marker, then erase and reuse. 

Before You Download

Use the dropdown icon on the Download button to choose between the PDF or Google Slides version of this resource. A recording sheet and answer key are also included with this download.

This resource was created by Heather Chambers, a teacher in Texas and Teach Starter Collaborator. 

Got preposition lesson planning around the corner? We’ve got plenty of activities to keep your students in the know! 


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