“There is a ~” & Prepositions: Battleship & Writing Exercises


A battleship game and writing worksheet using the dialog “Is there a ~ ?” “Yes, there is/ No, there isn't”. Teaches prepositions “on,” “under,” “in front of,” “behind,” and “next to.”

Materials Needed

  • Battleship worksheet (one per student)
  • Writing worksheet (one per student)



0. Warm up: see variations below.

1. Have the students draw four boats on the grid, and have them play battleship by asking:

A: Is there an (object) [on/under/in front of/behind/next to] the table?

B: Yes, there is. / No, there isn't.

2. Have the students do the writing worksheet & then go over the answers.


The images for the prepositions are included in the zip file. Feel free to use them to make your own worksheets, but if you redistribute them, please be sure to give credit to LetsTeachEnglish.com, and include a link to this site please. The XCF file can be edited with a free image editor, the GIMP

Optional warm up:

1. After introducing or reviewing “there is ~,” as well as the prepositions listed above, do a listening activity, using the “empty room.png” image from my “where is” lesson . Decide the location of 8 objects (apple, ball, bat, book, clock, computer, kite, pencil) in the room, and describe each object's location, one at a time (e.g. “#1 There is a book on the bed,” “#2 There is a bat under the bed”). Have the students draw the objects you describe in the blank spaces. (A few of the locations are a bit difficult to understand unless explained correctly. Differentiate between the two places on the desk as “under the Mona Lisa” and “on the desk.” Differentiate between the two places on the wall by saying “next to the window” and “next to the Mona Lisa.”)

2. Go over the answers from the listening activity by saying the sentences again, and drawing the room on the blackboard.


Read over all vocabulary with the students before beginning any activity. Also, have students put their battleship worksheets in their folders, or behind their textbooks, so they don't cheat by looking at each others' papers.

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