Prepositions: Direction

Contributor: Samantha Penna. Lesson ID: 11892

Which way are you going? You may need a compass (or GPS) to find direction, but you need certain words to explain where you are or went! Have fun learning about prepositions that describe direction!



English / Language Arts
learning style
personality style
Grade Level
Primary (K-2)
Lesson Type
Quick Query

Lesson Plan - Get It!


Where do you think the family is going? How would you tell me where they are going?

The man, child, and dog in the picture below are going for a walk.

There are many prepositions you can use to describe where they are going. In the previous Related Lessons in this Prepositions series, found in the right-hand sidebar, you learned that a preposition is a part of speech that tells you about the location, direction, or time that affects a person, place, or thing.

In this lesson, you will learn all about prepositions that are used to describe the direction something is headed in. For example, the family and their dog are going to the park. "To" is the preposition that describes in what direction the family and their dog are headed.

There are many prepositions that describe where or which direction someone or something moves. Ask your parent or teacher to help you read the list of prepositions below:

  • to
  • from
  • up
  • down
  • past
  • in
  • into
  • out
  • over
  • under
  • toward
  • around
  • through

All of the prepositions you had read to you can be used to describe the direction. You're ready to look at some examples!

Check out the example of the horse below. Read the sentence above the picture aloud to your parent or teacher. The preposition in the sentence is bolded.

The horse jumped over the obstacle.

horse jumping

The preposition over tells you which direction to horse is going. Take a look at another example. See if you can find the preposition that shows direction in the sentence below. Read the sentence aloud to your parent or teacher and find the preposition:

The boy climbed up the ladder.

boy climbing

The preposition "up" tells you which direction the boy is climbing. Did you find the correct preposition? If not, don't worry, you will get some more practice! If you did, you are off to a great start.

See if you can find the preposition in the next sentence. Read the sentence aloud to your parent or teacher and find the preposition:

He will ride his bike across the rope.

ropes course

The word "across" can be used to describe which way the boy is riding his bike. "Across" tells you which direction the boy is going. How did you do? Were you able to find the preposition? Great!

Before moving on to the Got It? section, tell your parent or teacher one sentence that includes a preposition that describes the direction of the picture below:

light at the end of the tunnel

After sharing, move on to the Got It? section to practice using prepositions.

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