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Adverbial Prepositional Phrases
 
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This unit was written for young children, however, if you have older students who need to develop these concepts, you can use a similar format with age-appropriate materials and activities.

Strategy

Teacher actions are highlighted in gold.

In a large box on the floor, have the objects that you will use, e.g., plate, bowl, glass, cup. Use objects that are already in the students' vocabulary.

  • Point to the table.

  • Ask the students what it is called.

  • After they respond, say/sign and fingerspell the word, and have the students do the same.

  • Write the word on the board.

  • Show the object  (e.g. plate) to the students.

  • Have them identify it, sign/say, and fingerspell the word.

  • Write the word on the board.

    • Put the plate on the table.

    • Ask: Where is the plate? (Some of the responses may be “table;” some may be “on table.”)

    • Write the phrase 'on the table' on the board and read it.

    • Tell the students that you will write an English sentence on the board that tells about the plate. Write: The plate is on the table.

  • Say/sign the sentence, then have the students say/sign the sentence. Link the signs/speech to the printed words.

  • Repeat the steps with the bowl, glass, and cup.

 
Advancing the Strategy
  • Show the students the bowl.

    • Ask: What is this? or This is what?.

    • Put the bowl on the table.

    • Ask: Where is the bowl?

    • Write the phrase on the table on the board.

    • Students sign/say the phrase. Link the signs/speech to the printed words.

    • Tell the students that you will write an English sentence that tells about the bowl.

    • Write: The bowl is on the table.

    • Have the students say/sign the sentence with you linking the signs/speech to the printed words.

  • Do the same steps with the other objects (glass, cup).

  • Put a chair and a box by the table.

    • Make sure the students can identify each object and say/sign the word for the object.

  • Give each student other familiar objects. Play a game to  practice and see how much they learned and remembered.

    • Tell a student: Put the x on the table.

    •  Ask: Where is the plate?

    • Elicit the response on the table and write the phrase on the board.

    • Have the student say/sign the phrase. Provide the support needed to get the response.

    • Write the sentence on the board. Have the students say/sign the sentence.

    • Repeat the same steps sometimes asking the students to put their objects on the table, on the chair, or on the box.