Using props, books, technology, music or manipulatives are a way to maintain the attention of my students during most or all of my lessons. During this ELA lesson, I teach my students the prepositions first introducing a music video about prepositions on You Tube which is the URL above.
An example of a line in the music video is,” Where’s the monkey? The monkey’s in the box, the monkey’s in the box, where’s the monkey, there’s the monkey, the monkey’s in the box.” Prepositions are highlighted in the You Tube video using a monkey that keeps popping up in different places. The music video highlights some of the prepositions I use in my lesson.
After the music video is seen by my students, I take out my stuffed monkey which I named, “Mandy the Monkey and her baby.” I tell the students that Mandy likes to play games with her baby monkey. She likes to hide in all different places. I made a set of index cards from the Boardmaker program that include some prepositions like: in, out, in front, beside, below, behind, etc. Each student takes a turn to pick a card, reads the preposition on the card and places the monkey where the card says to place the monkey. Like the music video on You Tube, we also sing the same tune on the video during our lesson. For example, if the student chooses the word, “beside,” we sing the tune. The Tune is: “Where’s the monkey? Where’s the monkey? The monkey’s beside the box, the monkey’s beside the box, where’s the monkey, there’s the monkey, the monkey’s beside the box.” As we sing this tune, the student places the monkey besides the box. I have done this lesson for a month now and the students enjoy the video and have learned the words of the song.
Below are my students seeing the preposition music video. After seeing the video they then pick a card with a preposition on it and place the monkey where the card says to place it.