Making Predictions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

I think you will...

ESL Future Predictions Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free making predictions game to use in class. In the game, students make predictions a partner's future using the future simple form will and won't. The aim of the game is to make the most accurate predictions. In pairs, students read the predictions on the worksheet and think about their partner’s future plans. Students also write three more predictions of their own. Students then write 'yes' next to the prediction if they think it will come true or 'no' if they think it won't. 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.
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Interactive Version - In this making predictions interactive breakout room activity, students play a game where they use will and won't to make predictions about a partner's future.

 

Make a Prediction

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

In this will for predictions game, students play a card game where they make predictions about different topics using future time expressions. The first player turns over a topic card and tries to make a 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. 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.
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Whatever will be, will be

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

Here is an intriguing making predictions activity to use in class with your students. In the activity, students make predictions about a partner's future using will and won't. First, 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. Students then complete the same predictions for a 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.' 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.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive making predictions breakout room activity, students use will and won't to make predictions about a partner's future.

 

Horoscopes

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

In this free making predictions activity, students create horoscopes for their classmates with the future simple form will. In pairs, students predict what will happen by writing horoscopes for all the signs of the Zodiac with predictions for the following day or weekend using the future simple form will. Students then display their horoscopes on the classroom wall. Next, students 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.
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In twenty years...

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

In this rewarding making predictions with will activity, students make predictions about what their classmates' lives will be like in twenty years using the future simple form will. First, 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 makes a prediction, they fold the paper so their sentence is hidden and pass it to the student on their right. Encourage the students to be as imaginative or amusing as they like with their predictions. When the students have finished making predictions, they unfold the worksheet and give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top. 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.
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Prediction Dominoes

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

In this making predictions with going to game, students play a game of dominoes by matching predictions with 'be going to' to situations and vice-versa. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure their situation or prediction matches with what’s shown on the other domino. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Predictor

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

In this free future predictions activity, students make predictions based on present observations. First, students 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. Next, in pairs, students write their partner's name in the 'Predictor' column. 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.
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Weekly Horoscopes

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

In this will for predictions activity, students make predictions by writing imaginary horoscopes for their classmates using the future simple form will. 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.
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By the year 3000

ESL Predictions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this intriguing predicting the future activity, students produce and conduct a group survey of predictions for the next 1000 years. First, 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, in groups, 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, 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.
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Interactive Version - In this making predictions breakout room activity, students create and conduct a group survey where they make predictions about what life will be like in the next thousand years.

 

Dice of Prediction

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

In this engaging making 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. Students 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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TV Pilots

ESL Making Predictions Worksheet - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this theme-based predictions worksheet, students use the future simple to make predictions on how successful TV pilots will be. Students start by reading descriptions of six TV pilots. Students then complete predictions about the TV shows with will or won't and verbs from a box. Students then use question words and answers to write questions with will about the pilots. Next, students combine expressions of prediction and pilot descriptions to make predictions about the TV shows using will or won't. When the students have finished, review their predictions as a class. In the last exercise, students compare their predictions with a partner and discuss which pilots they think will be the most successful. The students then write sentences to explain their choices. Finally, have a class feedback session to find out which TV shows the students think will be the most successful and why.
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Interactive Version - In this making predictions interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises where they practice making predictions about how successful TV pilots will be.

 
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