Making Predictions - ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

I think you will...

ESL Will for Predictions Game - Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding making predictions game, students predict a partner's future plans using the future simple form 'will' and 'won't'. The aim of the game is to make the most accurate predictions. The students are divided into pairs and each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read the predictions on the worksheet and think about their partner’s future plans. Students also write three more predictions of their own at the bottom of the worksheet. Students then write 'yes' next to the prediction if they think it will come true or 'no' if they think it won't. They do this without consulting their partner. If a student writes 'yes', they must think of a reason why. The students then take it in turns to tell their partner about their predictions and reasons using the future simple form 'will' and 'won't'. Their partner tells them if their predictions are right or wrong. If a prediction is correct, the student puts a tick in the last column. If it's wrong, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct predictions wins the game.
 

Make a Prediction

ESL Will for Predictions Game - Matching, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this 'will' for predictions activity, students play a card game where they make predictions about different topics using future time expressions. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a set of future time expression cards and a set of topic cards. The students shuffle the time expression cards and deal them out evenly. The topic cards are shuffled and placed face down in a pile on the table. The first player turns over the top card from the pile and tries to make an appropriate prediction about the topic using one of the time expression cards in their hand, e.g. 'Jane will get married in the next ten years'. If the player has an empty crystal ball card, they can use any future time expression they like to complete the prediction. The other group members listen and judge the player's sentence. If they agree the prediction is appropriate and grammatically correct, the two cards are removed from the game and play passes to the next student. If not, the topic card is placed at the bottom of the pile. It's then the next player's turn. The aim of the game is to get rid of all your time expression cards. The first player to do this wins the game.
 

Whatever will be, will be

ESL Making Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this insightful teaching activity, students make predictions about a partner's future using 'will' and 'won't'. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read each prediction on the worksheet and write 'I will' or 'I won't' in the column marked 'Me', depending on whether they think the prediction will come true or not. When the students have finished, they are divided into pairs. The students then complete the same predictions for their partner by writing 'He/She will' or 'He/She won't' in the 'My partner' column, e.g. 'He will be famous in the future.' Students do this without consulting with their partner. Next, the students take it in turns to find out if their predictions are right or wrong by asking 'Will you...?' questions to their partner, e.g. 'Will you be famous in the future?' Questions with 'Do you think you will...?' are also possible. Their partner then gives their answer. If a prediction is right, the student puts a tick in the last column. If it's wrong, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct predictions in each pair wins.
 

Horoscopes

ESL Will for Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free making predictions worksheet activity, students create horoscopes for their classmates with the future simple form 'will'. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Working together, the students write horoscopes for all the signs of the Zodiac with predictions for the following day or weekend using the future simple form 'will'. When everyone has finished writing, the students display their horoscopes on the classroom wall. Working individually, students then go around the classroom, reading the predictions for their star signs and making notes about the predictions. Two days later or after the weekend, students continue with the activity by re-reading their notes about the predictions. Students then tell the class about which predictions came true. Finally, students vote for the most accurate horoscope in the class.
 

In twenty years...

ESL Will for Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free making predictions worksheet, students examine what their classmates' lives will be like in twenty years using the future simple form 'will'. Students sit in a circle in groups of 11 or more. Each student is given a worksheet containing headings for predictions, e.g. home, appearance, job, etc. Students write their name and the year in twenty years time at the top of the worksheet. Students then fold their paper, so the name and year cannot be seen and pass the paper to the student on their right. The students then write a prediction with 'will' for each heading. Each time a student completes a prediction, they fold the paper so their sentence is hidden and pass it to the student on their right. Students are encouraged to be as imaginative or amusing as they like with their predictions. This process continues until the sentences have been completed. When the students have finished, they unfold the worksheet and give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top of the worksheet. The students correct any mistakes they find and then read their predictions to the group. Students then discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting life.
 

Prediction Dominoes

ESL Be Going To for Predictions Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this engaging making predictions activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching predictions with 'be going to' to situations and vice-versa. After pre-teaching or revising the use of 'be going to' to predict the future based on present evidence, the students are divided into groups of three and given a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out three each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then turn over the top card from the pile and place it face up on the table. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the card on the table, making sure their situation or prediction matches with what’s on the card. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain 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. If there are no dominoes left in the pile, play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
 

Predictor

ESL Will for Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this free predictions activity, students make predictions based on present observations using the future simple form 'will'. Each student is given a predictions form. Students then draw the name of a class member from an envelope. The person whose name is on the paper is the subject of their prediction. Students then write a prediction at the top of the worksheet about the person, giving a reason for their prediction. The students then pair up and give their predictions. Students begin by writing their partner's name in the 'Predictor' column on the form. The students then give their predictions to each other, without saying who the prediction is about, e.g. 'This person will work at a restaurant, because he is always eating'. Their partner listens and writes down the student's prediction, leaving the name blank, e.g. '...will work at a restaurant, because he is always eating'. Students then pair up with someone else and so on. This process continues until the predictions form is complete. Afterwards, the students try to guess who the predictor is talking about in each prediction. Students write their guesses in the 'Name' column on the form. Students then go around the class and find out how many of their guesses are correct. Finally, there is a class feedback session to find out the students' predictions and see who got the most correct answers.
 

Weekly Horoscopes

ESL Making Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this making predictions activity, students write imaginary horoscopes for their classmates using the future simple form 'will'. Students sit in a circle in groups of 11 or more. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students write their name at the top of the worksheet. Students then fold the worksheet as indicated so their name cannot be seen and pass the paper to the student on their right. Students complete the first sentence 'This week you will go...' with a prediction. The students then fold the worksheet so their sentence is hidden and pass it to the student on their right. This process continues until all the sentences have been completed. When the students have finished, they unfold the worksheet and give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top. This is their horoscope for the week. If there are any predictions the students don't understand or think are grammatically incorrect, they find the person who wrote the sentence and have them correct it. Next, in groups of five or six, students take it in turns to read their horoscope to the group. The students then discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting week.
 

By the year 3000

ESL Predictions Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Low intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this intriguing predictions activity, students produce and complete a group survey of predictions for the next 1000 years. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students read through the predictions on the worksheet and add a third prediction of their own to each category in the space provided using the future simple form 'will' or the future perfect. When the students have finished, they put a tick in the box next to each prediction if they think it will come true or a cross if they think it won't. After that, the students are divided into groups of four and the students write the names of their group members at the top of the worksheet. Students then ask and answer the questions from the worksheet in their groups, e.g. 'Do you think that by the year 2050 everyone will use self-driving cars?' Students note down their classmates' answers by putting a tick for 'yes' and a cross for 'no' in the boxes. When the groups have finished, they write the results of their survey on a separate piece of paper, e.g. 'Three people in our group think that everyone will use self-driving cars by the year 2050'. Finally, each group reports back to the class on their results. Any interesting findings can then be discussed in more detail.
 

Dice of Prediction Board Game

ESL Making Predictions Board Game - Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this enjoyable predictions board game, students practice making predictions using the future simple with 'will' and 'won't', the future perfect, the future continuous, future time expressions, 'will probably' and 'might'. The class is divided into groups of three or four. Each group is given a dice, a copy of the game board and counters. Students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they make a prediction about the topic, according to the number on the dice and its corresponding future form. For example, if a student rolls a '1', the student makes a prediction with the future simple. If a student rolls a '2', they make a prediction with the future perfect, etc. The other students in the group judge whether the sentence is grammatically correct. If it is, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a grammar mistake or cannot think of a prediction, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
 
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