So here is a fun activity I do to start my math unit on position words. I made a PowerPoint that has some of the scrapbook layouts I have created in it. We look at the pictures together as a class and I have the kids tell me everything they can about it. I am looking specifically for descriptions that contain position words--i.e. "The apples are in the basket." If somebody gives me a description that is not position-related, I guide them with questions, most obviously, "Where is it?"
I record all of their position-related responses on a chart paper.
Then I tell kids that I am looking for words that describe position--or where things are. We work together to find them and underline them.
And then we transfer them to a chart we can keep up in the room for future reference. When we think of new position words, we add them to the chart. This activity works well with any picture that is engaging to kids and has a lot of details. Art posters work well, as do big floor puzzles, like the ones from Melissa and Doug.
Here is my PowerPoint if you would like to try it in your own classroom. There are 5 different pictures. I do one a day and just keep adding to the same charts.
I'll be back later today with my Position Word problems and a few more warm-ups. Happy Friday!