What's Up with In and On?

Overview: 

This problem-solving activity allows native-English-speaking students to tap into their unconscious knowledge about the meaning and use of prepositions in and on.

Grade Level: 
Grades 3-5
Class Time Needed: 
Under 30 minutes
Lesson Plan: 

When do we use in and when do we use on?

IN: car, taxi, truck, limo, van, elevator, rocket

ON: plane, ship, subway, train, bus

Think of other nouns having to do with transportation and determine whether they sound better with IN or ON.

Can you figure out what separates the IN-group from the ON-group?