Subject-Verb Agreement Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

Fun with Verbs

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet - Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

Here is a useful subject-verb agreement worksheet to help teach students verb-noun collocations and subject-verb agreement in the present simple. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching each verb on their worksheet with three nouns. After they have matched the verbs and nouns together, the students practice subject-verb agreement. They do this by writing a present simple sentence for each verb using a subject pronoun and the three nouns. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class.
 

Subject-Verb Agreement Relay Race

ESL Third-Person Subject-Verb Agreement Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary - 30 minutes

Here is an engaging subject-verb agreement activity that offers extensive practice of third-person singular subject-verb agreement in the present simple. Two present simple texts (A and B) are stuck in different places on a wall outside the classroom. The texts are about two people's daily routine. The students are divided into pairs. One student is the 'reader' and the other is the 'writer'. The writers are given a copy of worksheet A. The writers read out the first gapped sentence to their reader, i.e. 'Her name...' The reader runs to Text A, reads the text to find the missing information to complete the sentence, remembers it, runs back and tells the writer. The writer then completes the sentence using the correct third-person singular subject-verb agreement. This procedure is repeated with all 12 sentences. When a pair has completed the sentences, their answers are checked. If the sentences are correct and use the appropriate subject-verb agreement, the students swap roles. If not, the students must go back and try to find the mistake. The new writer is given a copy of worksheet B and the new reader uses Text B to find the information. The process is then repeated. The first pair of students to finish wins.
 

Subject-Verb Draughts

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 minutes

Here is a fun subject-verb agreement game for students to play in class. The students are divided into pairs. One student is given a set of singular and plural subject counters and the other is given a set of verb counters. Students then play a game of draughts using subject-verb agreement. A singular or plural subject counter may only take a verb counter or vice versa when there is subject-verb agreement between them. For example, the 'You' counter can take the 'ask' counter but cannot take the 'wants' counter. When there is subject-verb agreement, the student makes a present tense sentence using the two words before their opponent's counter is taken. If a student manages to get their counter across the board, the counter becomes a queen. The queen can move around the board freely one square at a time and has subject-verb agreement with all counters. When the students have finished playing, they are given a set of game 2 counters and the students play again using new singular/plural nouns and verbs. As an extension, students can swap counters and play more rounds.
 

Subject-Verb Tic-Tac-Toe

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Matching, Writing, Reading and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary - 20 minutes

In this fun teaching activity, students play games of Tic-Tac-Toe by completing present simple sentences with the correct subject-verb agreement and pronouncing verb forms correctly. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The first student chooses a square and decides which verb in the box at the top of the worksheet can be used to complete the sentence. The student writes the verb in the space provided, making sure that the subject-verb agreement and spelling are correct. The student then reads the sentence aloud, pronouncing the verb form correctly. If the student does this successfully, they write their name in the square. If not, the other student can steal the square by correcting the verb, spelling or pronunciation. This continues back and forth until one of the students gets three squares in a row. If no one manages to get three squares in a row, the student with the most squares wins. When the students have finished a game, their answers are checked. If the subject-verb agreement and pronunciation are correct, they move onto the second game. The first pair to complete both games with the correct verb forms and pronunciation is the winner.
 

Who are you?

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Activity - Reading, Writing and Drawing - Elementary - 30 minutes

Here is an enjoyable worksheet activity to help teach students present tense subject-verb agreement in the first and third-person. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing present tense sentences with information about themselves using the correct subject-verb agreement. The students also create two more present tense sentences of their own at the end. Afterwards, the students draw a picture of what they look like. When the students have finished, they write similar sentences about their best friend, but this time they must write present tense sentences using the third-person singular. Students also draw a picture of what their best friend looks like. Afterwards, students read their sentences to the class and show their pictures.
 

Present Simple Subject-Verb Practice

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This useful worksheet is ideal for practicing or reviewing present simple subject-verb agreement. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 20 affirmative and negative sentences and questions in the first, second and third-person with the present simple form of the verbs in brackets. When the students have finished, the answers are checked with the class. After that, students create their own present simple sentences and questions using various subject pronouns and verbs. Then, in pairs, the students read their sentences to each other and check for mistakes.
 

Subject-Verb Agreement Race

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Game - Reading, Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate - 25 minutes

In this amusing teaching activity, students play a card game where they race to complete sentences with the correct subject-verb agreement. The students are divided into groups of three. One student is the 'reader' and is given a set of sentence cards. The reader shuffles the cards and places them face down in a pile on the desk. The other two students are 'players' and are given a set of six verb cards each, i.e. is, are, was, were, have, has. The players shuffle their verb cards and spread them out face up in front of them. The reader turns over the top card from the pile and reads the sentence aloud to the players using the word 'blank' for the missing verb. The players listen and then race to grab the correct verb card to complete the sentence with the correct subject-verb agreement. The first player to grab the correct verb card from their set and give it to the reader, saying the verb at the same time wins. The winning student is then given the sentence card and places the verb card back down in front of them. This process continues until there are no more sentence cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins. Afterwards, students repeat the game with a different student reading the sentence cards.
 

Subject-Verb Agreement Board Game

ESL Subject-Verb Agreement Board Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Intermediate - 25 minutes

In this challenging subject-verb agreement board game, students combine subjects and verbs together to make grammatically correct sentences. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they read the subject and two verbs on the square. The player then tries to make a sentence using the correct subject-verb agreement. If the player manages to make a suitable sentence that the other players agree on, they stay on the square. If another student in the group thinks a sentence is wrong, they challenge the player. If the subject-verb agreement or sentence is incorrect, the player goes back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish wins the game.
 
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