There is / There are - ESL Worksheets, Activities and Games

Bedroom Bedlam

ESL Reading and Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun activity, students play a card game where they make 'There is/are...' sentences about a bedroom picture. This activity also covers prepositions of place and furniture vocabulary. The students are divided into pairs. Each pair is given a bedroom picture and a set of sentence cards. The bedroom picture is placed face up on the table and the cards are shuffled and spread out face down. The students then take it in turns to turn over three cards. If the words on the three cards go together to form a true sentence about the picture, the student reads the sentence aloud, places the three-card sentence under the picture and scores a point. If the three cards don't make a true sentence, the cards are turned back over, keeping them in the same place. The game continues with students taking it in turns to turn over three cards until all the sentences have been completed. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
 

Classroom Quiz

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

In this engaging worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about what's in the classroom using 'there is' and 'there are'. The class is divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working together with the people in their group, students write 'there is' and 'there are' questions from the prompts on the worksheet. Students also create two questions of their own at the end and write the answer to each question on the worksheet. When the students have finished, the questions and answers are checked with each group. Next, the students pair up with someone from the other group. All Student Bs close their eyes. Student A then asks Student B the questions on their worksheet. Student B answers all the questions without opening their eyes. Student A awards Student B one point for each correct answer. When all the questions have been answered by Student B, the students swap roles. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 

Memory Game

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here is an entertaining memory game to help students practice 'There was/were...' statements and 'Was/Were there...?' questions and short answers. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Each worksheet is placed face down in front of the student. The students then play a memory game where they have 20 seconds to remember as many pictures as they can from the worksheet in front of them. After 20 seconds, the students turn the worksheet back over. The students' task is to then write down as many items as they can remember using 'There was...' and 'There were...', e.g. 'There was a TV'. Students write their sentences on a separate piece of paper. When the students have finished writing, they swap their face down worksheet with their partner and look at the pictures on their partner's worksheet. The students then take it in turns to ask 'Was there a...?' and 'Were there any...?' questions to confirm if their sentences are right or wrong. Their partner answers 'Yes, there was/were' or 'No, there wasn't/ weren't' as appropriate. Students score one point for each correctly remembered item. The student with the most points wins the game.
 

Shop till you drop

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this useful worksheet activity, students ask and answer questions about shops and shopping facilities using 'Is there a...?' and 'Are there any...?' This activity also helps to teach students about differences between British and American English. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. To begin, the students create a shopping centre or mall by choosing eight shops or shopping facilities from a box on the worksheet and writing one on each floor of a building plan. When the students have finished, Student A finds out what's on each floor of their partner's shopping mall by asking questions with 'Is there a...?' and 'Are there any...?' When Student A has completed the table about their partner's shopping mall, Student B asks questions about Student A's shopping centre. When the students have finished, they compare worksheets to check their answers.
 

Where am I?

ESL Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun activity, students play a game where they ask 'Is/Are there...?' questions in order to find out where they are. The students are divided into groups of eight and each student is given a question card. The students complete eight 'Is/Are there...?' questions on the card. The questions should help them decide where they are. When the students have finished writing, a picture of a place is stuck on each student's back. The group is then divided into pairs. Each student looks at the picture on their partner's back. The students then take it in turns to ask the questions on their card to their partner to find out where they are. The students listen to their partner's answers and mark them on the card. When the students have asked all the questions, they write where they think they are at the bottom of the card. The students then see if they were right or wrong by taking the picture off their back. As an extension, the pictures are redistributed and the students repeat the activity with a new partner.
 

I draw, you draw

ESL Listening, Speaking, Drawing and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 35 minutes

In this rewarding worksheet activity, students use 'There is/ are...' to describe a picture of a room and draw a room picture by listening to another student's description. This activity also covers furniture vocabulary and prepositions of place. The students are divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Students then draw items from a box in an empty room picture on their worksheet. The students in Group A draw a picture of a bedroom and the students in Group B draw a picture of a living room. When the students have finished, they pair up with someone from the other group. Student A then describes their bedroom picture to Student B using 'There is/are...' and prepositions of place, e.g. 'There's a bed under the window'. Student B listens and draws the picture on their worksheet. When Student A has finished describing their picture, the two students swap roles with Student B describing their living room picture to Student A. When the pairs have finished, they check their work by comparing pictures. Afterwards, students work together with their partner and write 'There is/are...' sentences about both pictures. Finally, the sentences are reviewed by having the students show their pictures and read out their sentences.   
 

My Dream Home

ESL Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this intriguing worksheet activity, students write about and design their dream home using 'There is/are...' and prepositions of place. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students design their dream home by answering questions on the worksheet in sentence form and drawing a floor plan. When the students have finished, each student comes to the front of the class and presents their dream home by reading their answers to the questions and showing their pictures. The class then gives feedback on the homes they liked the best.
 

There is / There are Dominoes

ESL Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate - 20 minutes

In this entertaining activity, students play a game of dominoes by making affirmative/negative statements and questions with 'there is' and 'there are'. Each group of three is given a set of dominoes. The students deal out six dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top card from the pile is then placed face up on the table. The first player tries to make an affirmative/negative statement or question with 'there is' or 'there are' by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the domino on the table. The player then reads the statement or question to the group for confirmation. The other group members judge the player's statement or question, making sure the quantifier and countable or uncountable noun match. If the statement or question is wrong, the player must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take a domino from the top of the pile and put it down if they can. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
 

Where in the World?

ESL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 minutes

In this compelling worksheet activity, students play a guessing game where they describe famous cities to each other using 'There is/are...' and 'There isn't/aren't...' The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A begins by using the prompts on the worksheet to describe city number one with 'There is/are...' and 'There isn't/aren't....' The student can also use their own ideas to help their partner guess the city. Student B listens and tries to guess the name of the city. The student can also ask questions using 'Is/Are there...?' to help guess the answer. When Student B has guessed all four cities, the students swap roles. When everyone has finished, pairs write their own description of a famous city. Pairs then take it in turns to read their descriptions and the class tries to guess the name of each city.
 
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