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In Front of and Behind and Next to

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Position Words – In Front Of, Behind, Next To

The terms in front of, behind, and next to are words that tell us about an object’s position in relation to another. We use words and phrases like these to find or locate something. They can be very helpful when talking about shapes and objects. Use this video’s pictures for teaching in front of, next to, and behind as well!

Position Words – Examples

We use special words to describe the location of an object compared to another. They are called position words.

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One positional phrase we use often is ‘in front of’ which means just ahead of or forward of something. Above, Nia is in front of the green square.

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Another positional word is ‘behind’ which means in back of something. Above, Nia is behind the green square.

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Finally, there is the phrase ‘next to’ which means close to the side of, or beside, something. Above, Nia is next to the green square.

When we use these words to describe an object’s location, it helps us understand where it is.

Summary: Next To, Behind, In Front Of

Position word Meaning Sample Sentence
in front of just ahead or forward of something The teacher is in front of the line.
behind in the back of something The chair is behind the desk.
next to close, to the side of or beside something My pencil is next to my paper.

Remember, in front of, behind, and next to are position words that tell us about an object’s position in relation to another.

Have you practiced position words yet? After watching the video you can find interactive exercises and worksheets on the position words next to, in front of and behind.

Transcript In Front of and Behind and Next to

Nia and Nico are playing hide and seek at the playground. Nia counts first while Nico hides! But, she needs help finding him. To help her, let's learn all about the position words, "In Front of, Behind, and Next to", so we can tell Nia where Nico is hiding! We use special words to describe the location of something. They are called position words and help us know where someone, or something, is. There are many position words, but today we will learn about three! One phrase we'll learn about is, 'in front of' which means 'ahead of something.' We can use the words ‘in front of’ to describe where the sneakers are compared to the bench. The sneakers are in front of the bench because they are just ahead of it. Behind is another position word which means "in back of something." We can use the word behind to describe where the sneakers are compared to the bench. The sneakers are behind the bench because they are in back of it. ‘Next to’' is the last phrase we will learn today which means being beside something. We can use the phrase 'next to' to describe where the sneakers are compared to the bench. The sneakers are 'next to' the bench because they are beside it. Using these types of words can be really helpful because they help us understand or describe where something is! Let's practice using these new words to help tell Nia where Nico is hiding! Can you spot Nico's first hiding place? The swing! Is he 'in front of', behind or 'next to' it? Nico is in back of the swing so, Nico is behind it! Nia counts once more as Nico hides again! There's Nico by the sandbox! Is he 'in front of', behind or 'next to' it? Nico is just ahead of the sandbox so, Nico is 'in front of' it. Nia counts one last time as Nico finds in his final hiding spot. Look carefully is Nico 'in front of', behind or 'next to' the slide? Nico is beside it so, Nico is 'next to' the slide. Now it's time for them to switch places! While Nico counts and Nia hides, let's remember. Today we learned about the position words: 'in front of', behind, and 'next to'. They are used to describe where something is when compared to something else. ‘In front of' means 'ahead of something.' Behind means "in back of something." ‘Next to' means beside something. "Ready or not! Here I come!" "Nia, where ARE you?!" "Silly Nico! I'm right behind you!"