Present Simple Yes/No Questions ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Am I right?

ESL Do You Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this free 'Do you...?' questions activity, students make guesses and complete present simple statements about other students in the class. The students then find out if their guesses are right or wrong by asking questions with 'Do you...?' First, students read each sentence on the worksheet and choose a classmate that they think the statement might be true for. The students then write the person's name at the beginning of the sentence, e.g. 'Katie drinks tea at breakfast'. Next, students go around the class, find the classmate they have named in each sentence and ask them a present simple yes/no question with 'Do you...?, e.g. 'Katie, do you drink tea at breakfast?' Their classmate replies 'Yes, I do' or 'No, I don't' as appropriate. The student then puts a tick or a cross next to the statement, depending on whether their guess is right or wrong. The student then asks a present simple follow-up question and writes the information in the last column. Finally, there is a class feedback session to find out who made the most correct guesses and for students to give feedback on what they found out.
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Daily Routines

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this present simple yes/no questions speaking activity, students ask and answer yes/no questions about their daily routine and the daily routine of someone they know. In the 'What time?' column, the students write the time they do each routine activity. In the other column, the students write what they do. After that, students complete the daily routine of someone they know well using the third-person singular. Next, in pairs, students fold their paper so the 'What time?' column is facing their partner and the 'What do you do?' column is facing them. The students then take it in turns to guess what their partner does every day at the times shown by asking present simple yes/no questions with 'Do you...?' For example, 'Do you brush your teeth at 8 a.m.?' When their partner replies 'Yes, I do', the student moves on to the next time. This continues until all the right questions have been asked. This process is repeated with someone they know, but this time the students ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with the third-person singular.
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Do you know me?

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun present simple yes/no questions game, students practice asking and answering present simple questions with 'Do you...?' To begin, students complete ten present simple yes/no questions on their worksheet with their own ideas. Students then decide if a partner would reply yes or no to each question. In pairs, students take it in turns to ask the questions on their worksheet to their partner who replies 'Yes, I do' or 'No, I don't' accordingly. The student puts a tick for each correct guess or a cross if their guess is wrong. Afterwards, students tally up their scores to see who had the most correct guesses.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple yes no questions breakout room activity, pairs of students play a guessing game where they ask and answer 'Do you...?' questions.

 

Find me

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 45 minutes

In this verb 'to be' and 'do' yes/no questions activity, students practice asking and answering questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. Students begin by completing 20 present simple yes/no questions with the correct form of the verb 'to be' or 'do'. Students then answer the questions by writing a short answer underneath each question. Next, collect in the worksheets and then redistribute them. The students' task is to find out who their new worksheet belongs to by asking the present simple yes/no questions from the worksheet to their classmates. The students go around asking and answering the questions with different classmates until they find the student whose answers match the ones on their worksheet. Afterwards, students use the information on the worksheet to write a paragraph about their classmate using the third-person singular. Students then read their paragraphs to the class.
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Questions, Questions

ESL Do and Does Questions Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this present simple yes/no questions game, students practice forming questions with do and does. In teams of two, students form as many present simple yes/no questions as possible from the words on their worksheet. After a time limit has been reached, the teams stop writing and pair up with an opposing team. Teams then take it in turns to ask their questions to the other team. For every grammatically correct question a team asks, they score two points. For every appropriate short answer the other team gives, they get one point. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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To Be and Do Questions

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this present simple yes/no questions worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to practice yes/no questions and short answers in the present simple with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. Students start by matching present simple yes/no questions with suitable responses. Next, students order words to make yes/no questions in the present simple. Students then underline words to complete yes/no questions and short answers. After that, students write present simple yes/no questions that correspond with a set of answers. Finally, the students read a short story about two roommates and answer comprehension questions with yes or no answers.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple questions interactive worksheet, students learn and practice present simple yes no questions and short answers with the verb 'to be' and 'do'.

 

Are you a party planner?

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Activity - Reading, Writing and Listening - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a yes/no questions in the present simple activity to help students practice yes/no questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. In two groups, students practice present simple yes/no questions by writing questions that would elicit a set of answers. Students then read a text. For each number in the text, students create a present simple yes/no question to confirm which answer is correct. There are two possible questions for each item. Next, have each student pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner the present simple yes/no questions they created. Students circle their partner's yes or no responses and underline the correct answers in the text. Finally, students read the text to their partner to confirm their answers are correct.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple breakout room activity, pairs of students use yes no questions in the present simple to complete a worksheet and information gap exercise.

 

Do or Does?

ESL Do and Does Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

This do and does questions worksheet can be used to practice or review present simple yes/no questions with 'do' or 'does' and short answers. Students begin by completing present simple yes/no questions with do or does. Next, the students write present simple yes/no questions with 'do' or 'does' for a set of answers. Students then complete short answers to questions. In the last exercise, students complete a conversation between two people with 'do' or 'does' yes/no questions.
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Interactive Version - In this present simple yes no questions interactive worksheet, students complete exercises to practice or review do and does yes no questions and short answers.

 

Does he/she...?

ESL Does Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this free does yes/no questions activity, students practice asking and answering yes/no questions with the third-person singular. Students start by writing the name of someone they know very well and their relationship with them at the top of the worksheet, e.g. 'His name is Jason. He is my best friend'. The students then swap their worksheets with a partner and take it in turns to ask their partner present simple yes/no questions about the person at the top of the worksheet using prompts, e.g. 'Does Jason live near here?' Their partner replies yes or no accordingly and gives additional information if possible, e.g. 'Yes, he does. He lives on Park Avenue'. The student then makes notes about their partner's answer on the worksheet. Afterwards, students develop their notes into present simple sentences in the third person singular, e.g. 'Jason is Matt's best friend. He lives near here on Park Avenue.', etc. Finally, students take it in turns to read their sentences to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this free interactive does questions breakout room activity, pairs of students find out information about other people by asking and answering third-person present simple yes no questions.

 

Find Someone Who...

ESL Do You Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding present simple yes/no questions speaking activity, students ask and answer present simple questions with 'Do you...?' in order to find out about their classmates' habits and routines. After reviewing how to construct present simple yes/no questions from the items on the worksheet, students go around the class and ask each other the questions. When a student finds a classmate whose answer matches with an item on the worksheet, the student notes down their name. The student then asks one or two present simple Wh follow-up questions and writes their classmate's response in the last column of the worksheet. When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out about their classmates.
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Is it true?

ESL Do You Questions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this insightful present simple yes/no questions activity, students ask 'Do you...?' questions to find out if certain statements are true or false about the class. Give each student a statement slip. The students' task is to find out if the statement is true or false by interviewing the other students in the class. Individually, students prepare the present simple yes/no question they need to ask. Students then go around asking their question to the other students. Students mark each response by putting a tick or cross on their slip of paper. When a student has enough information and knows whether their statement is true or false, they sit down. Afterwards, the class decides whether they think each statement is true or false before the answer is revealed by the student.
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Secret Identities

ESL Yes No Questions Activity - Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this fun yes/no questions speaking activity, students ask present simple yes/no questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do' in order to find out their secret identity. Give each student a card showing their partner's secret identity. The students' task is to ask their partner present simple yes/no questions to determine what famous person or character they are. The students then take it in turns to ask their partner yes/no questions in the first person, e.g. 'Am I male?' 'Am I good at sports?' 'Do I play football?' Etc. Their partner replies 'yes' or 'no' accordingly. This continues until one of the students correctly guesses their secret identity. That student is the winner. Students then move on to practice Wh questions. A new secret identity is stuck on the back of each student. The students then go around the class asking their classmates one Wh question each to find out their new secret identity, e.g. 'What do I do?' Students move around from partner to partner until they are able to guess their identity. When this happens, they sit down. Afterwards, review the most effective questions students used to find out their secret identities.
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Who wrote it?

ESL Do You Questions Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

This free 'Do you...?' questions game helps students to practice asking present simple yes/no questions about routine activities. The game also helps students to practice various adverbs of frequency and time expressions used with the present simple. Students begin by completing present simple sentence cards with true information about themselves. Students then put all the sentences into a box. Next, students take one card each from the box and go around the class asking present simple yes/ no questions to find the person who wrote the sentence on their card, e.g. 'Do you sometimes go fishing with your friend at the weekend?' When a student finds the person who wrote the sentence, they write the person’s name on the card, keep it, and take another one from the box. The student with the most sentences at the end is the winner.
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Yes or No

ESL Yes No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This yes/no questions game helps students to master present simple yes/no questions and short answers with the verb 'to be' and 'do'. The first player picks one of their cards, e.g. 'Yes, we are'. The player then thinks of a yes/no question that will elicit the answer on the card, e.g. 'Are we in English class right now?' The player then asks the question to another student in the group. If the student gives the same short answer that is on the card, the player wins and discards the card. If not, the player keeps the card. Players take turns proceeding in this way. The first player to get rid of all their cards wins the game.
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Find a Roommate

ESL To Be and Do Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this present simple yes/no questions activity, students establish their own criteria for finding a compatible roommate. The students then ask and answer present simple yes/no questions with the verb 'to be' and 'do' to find the most suitable candidate in the classroom. First, students think about what kind of roommate they would like to have by completing a 'Roommate Survey Form'. Students consider each pair of statements on the worksheet and put a tick next to the one that best expresses their view. Students use the two statements in the first section to help them eliminate classmates who are not compatible in those two areas. Students write the names of the classmates they didn’t eliminate in a chart. Students then interview each candidate on the remaining points in the second section, putting a tick in the box below their name each time a candidate agrees with their view. When the students have finished their survey, they add up the ticks to see which person would be the most suitable roommate.
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Work it out

ESL Present Simple Yes No Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this present simple yes/no questions speaking activity, students ask yes/no questions with the third-person singular to find out what short answers on a worksheet relate to. Each student writes the names of three people they know very well at the top of the three columns on their worksheet. The students then write five things about each person by choosing information from ten items. Students write one or two-word answers for each item in a random order in a large box at the bottom of the worksheet. Students then swap worksheets with a partner and take it in turns to ask present simple yes/no questions to find out who and what the short answers relate to. For example, if Student A wrote the names Mia, Emma and Ben and the answer 'football' is written in the large box, Student B might ask 'Does Ben play football?' If Student A answers 'Yes, he does', Student B writes 'plays football' in the column under Ben’s name. If Student A answers 'No, he doesn't', Student B continues asking questions until they have found out who and what the word 'football' relates to. Students continue taking it in turns to ask and answer questions until they have five pieces of information about each person.
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