October 02, 2013

Teaching Prepositions with Pocket Charts

a fun way to practice prepositions and articulation

Here's a fun way I've been practicing preposition words with my students lately - pocket charts!

I like to hang my pocket chart on a cabinet to allow my students the chance to get up and moving. Basically, I put one high-interest picture in the center of the chart, then we practice our preposition words by placing other pictures around the first one.

To practice receptive understanding of prepositions, I give the student a card, and tell them where to put it: "Put the boy above the truck."

Sometimes I add word or picture cues to assist students.

Expressive practice can include an array of pictures. I ask the student, "Where's the ____?" and they tell me using the appropriate preposition word. This is also a great way to practice making complete sentences and expanding length of utterance. My students have fun if I use silly combinations of pictures so they can make goofy sentences!

Bonus! Pocket charts can also be a fun way to incorporate articulation practice in structured sentences (see example with velar phonemes below):

Another fun game to play with pocket charts is Tic-Tac-Toe! Make a 3x3 array of pictures, then students have to say that word with their target sound at the appropriate level before they can cover it up with their X or O. Quick and fun practice!

Leave a Comment: How will you use your pocket chart?


  1. Thanks for sharing this great idea.

    1. I'm glad you like it! Thanks for reading :)