# Prepositions of Time ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

### ESL Prepositions of Time Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free prepositions of time game, students play dominoes to practice the time prepositions: in, on, at. Give each group of three a set of dominoes. The students shuffle the dominoes and deal out five each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The top domino from the pile is put face up on the table. The first player then puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the preposition of time matches with the time expression or vice versa. If the player matches the preposition of time successfully, he or she scores a point. For an extra point, the player then uses the prepositional time phrase in a sentence. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain and making a suitable sentence when a prepositional time phrase is formed. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they take one 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. When a player has gotten rid of all their dominoes, the game ends. The students then add up their scores. The player with the most points wins the game. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this imaginative time prepositions worksheet, students complete sentences with prepositions of time and match time expressions with time prepositions. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing sentences on the worksheet with the prepositions of time: in, on, at. After reviewing the answers, give each student a set of time preposition cards and have everyone stand up. Call out time expressions at random. Each time the students hear a time expression, they hold up a matching time preposition card. If students hold up the wrong time preposition or are too slow, they are out of the game and must sit down. The last student left standing wins the game.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Board Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free time prepositions board game, students match time prepositions with time expressions and ask questions with prepositional time phrases. Give each group of three or four a copy of the board game, a set of time preposition cards, a dice and counters. The students shuffle the time preposition cards and deal out four each, leaving the rest in a pile on the board. The students then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a time expression square, they look at the cards in their hand and find a time preposition card that matches with the time on the square, e.g. on Saturday, at Christmas, etc. If the player has a suitable time preposition card, they lay the card on the table and ask a question to another student using the prepositional time phrase, e.g. 'What do you usually do on Saturday, Tim?' After the student has replied, the player places their time preposition card at the bottom of the pile and takes another one from the top. If the player is unable to match a time preposition with a time expression or make a question, they go back to their previous square. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Matching Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

Here is a time prepositions worksheet in which students complete a set of exercises to learn and practice prepositions of time. Give each student a copy of the first worksheet. Working alone, students put each time expression on the worksheet into its correct column: in, on, at or no preposition. Afterwards, the answers are checked and the students complete rules for using the time prepositions. After that, divide the students into pairs (A and B). The students then test their partner on the time prepositions. Student A turns over their worksheet so they can’t see the exercises or answers. Student B reads a time expression from Exercise A, e.g. two days. Student A then tries to guess the correct preposition that goes with the time expression. After 14 time expressions, the students swap roles. Next, give each student a copy of the second worksheet. Students complete gaps in a 'Find someone who' activity with in, on, at, or no preposition. After that, the students prepare the yes/no questions they need to do the activity. Students then go around the class, asking each other the questions, e.g. 'Do you like to get up late on Sunday?' When someone answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer in the last column. Afterwards, students tell the class about three people they interviewed in the activity.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this prepositions of time game, students match time prepositions with time expressions and make sentences with prepositional time phrases. Give each pair of students a time preposition grid and set of time expression cards. The students shuffle the time expression cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. The first student takes a time expression card from the top of the pile and chooses a time preposition square on the grid that they think matches with the time expression. The student then makes a sentence using the prepositional time phrase. If the student makes a grammatically correct and suitable sentence, he or she marks the square with an O or X in pencil. Then, the other student takes a card from the top of the pile and so on. This continues until one student gets three squares in a row either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. That student wins the round and scores a point. If neither student manages to get three in a row, the student with the most squares wins. Students play several rounds, erasing the pencil marks on the grid each time a student wins a round. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free 'Find Someone Who...' time prepositions activity, students ask and answer yes/no questions that contain prepositions of time. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by reviewing the items on the worksheet and preparing the questions they need to ask in order to do the activity. Students then go around the class, asking each other the questions, e.g. 'Do you usually wake up early in the morning?' When a student finds someone who answers 'yes' to a question, the student writes down their name and asks a follow-up question to gain more information, noting down the answer 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.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Game - Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this time prepositions teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes where they match the prepositions of time 'in', 'on' and 'at' with time expressions and make invitations using prepositional time phrases. Give each group of four a set of dominoes with invite cards mixed in. The students deal out five dominoes each, leaving the rest in a pile face down. The students then pick up the top domino from the pile and put it face up on the table. The first player puts down one of their dominoes on either side of the domino on the table, making sure that the preposition of time matches with the time expression or vice versa. The other players then take it in turns to match their dominoes in the same way by putting them down at either end of the domino chain. If a player cannot put down one of their dominoes, they have two options. The player can use an invite card (if they have one) by holding up the card and inviting another player to go out using a prepositional time phrase from the dominoes on the table, e.g. 'Would you like to go to the cinema on Saturday?' The player then places the card at the bottom of the pile. The other option is for the player to 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. Afterwards, the students can shuffle the dominoes and play again.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this themed time prepositions worksheet, students practice the prepositions of time: in, on, at, by, during, from, to, and until/till. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Have the students read Prisha and Nadia's sightseeing itinerary in San Francisco. Students then begin by completing sentences with prepositions of time from a box. Next, students do a gap-fill exercise where they write times or time periods from a box in sentences. In the last exercise, students imagine that they are in San Francisco for the weekend. The students write sentences about what they would like to do using the prepositions of time from the worksheet and the activities on Prisha and Nadia's itinerary. When the students have finished writing, have them read their sentences to the class and give feedback.

### ESL Time Prepositions Game - Reading, Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this amusing time prepositions activity, students play a game of snap by matching time prepositions (in, on, at, every, during, by, until) with time phrases and making true sentences with matching pairs. Divide the students into pairs. Give one student a set of time preposition cards and the other a set of time phrase cards. The students shuffle their cards and place them face down in a pile in front of them. Both students turn over a card from their pile at the same time. If the time preposition matches with the time phrase, the first student to say 'Snap' scores a point. For an extra point, the student then tries to make a true sentence using the time preposition and phrase. Students then pick up their own cards, shuffle the pack and play again. Students do not pick up their partner's cards. If the time preposition and time phrase don't match, the students continue turning over cards until a matching pair comes up and someone says 'Snap'. If a student says 'Snap' when the cards don't match, the other student scores a point and the game continues. The first student to get 20 points wins the game.

In this free time prepositions worksheet activity, students complete questions with the prepositions of time: in, on, at. Students then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students complete the questions on their worksheet with the prepositions of time: in, on, at. When the students have finished, check the answers with the class. Students then take it in turns to ask their partner the questions and make notes on their answers on the worksheet. When everyone has finished, students give feedback to the class on what they found out about their partner.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Activity - Reading and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a great time prepositions activity for reviewing the prepositions of time: in, on, at. In the activity, students choose appropriate time prepositions and multiple-choice answers in order to complete a general knowledge quiz. Give each pair of students a copy of the worksheet. Students then complete each statement in a general knowledge quiz on the worksheet by choosing the appropriate time preposition (in, on, at) and multiple-choice answer. When the students have finished, review the answers with the class by having a different pair of students read out each answer. Pairs score two points for the correct time preposition and answer, or one point for the correct time preposition with a wrong answer or vice versa. The pair with the highest score wins.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Board Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this entertaining time prepositions activity, students play a board game where they race against each other to land on time expression squares that match with a time preposition on their card. Give each group of three a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Also, give each player one of three (in, on, at) time preposition cards. The game board contains time expressions that go with the three time prepositions. However, there are also decoy time expressions included on the board that have no preposition. The aim of the game is to be the first player to complete their time preposition card with eight matching time expressions. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. When a player lands on a time expression square that they think matches with their time preposition, they tell the other players that they want to write the time expression on their card. The other players then confirm whether the time preposition and time expression match. If they agree, the player writes the time expression on their card. If the preposition and time expression don't match, the player misses a turn. When a player lands on a square that they cannot use, play passes to the next student. The first player to complete their card with eight matching time expressions wins the game.

### ESL Prepositions of Time Game - Listening, Matching and Speaking Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this fun time prepositions game, students race to complete sentences with the prepositions of time: by, until, during, while, for, since, from and to. Give each group of three a set of sentence cards and time preposition cards. The students shuffle the sentence cards and place them face down in a pile on the desk. The time preposition cards are spread out face up. Students take it in turns to pick up a sentence card and read it to the other two students using the word 'blank' where the time preposition should go. The two students listen to the sentence and then race to grab the time preposition card to complete the sentence. The first student to grab the correct card and say the time preposition wins and keeps the two cards. If neither student gives the right answer, the sentence card is placed at the bottom of the pile and any time preposition cards are put back in place. The next student then picks up a sentence card and so on. This process continues until there are no more sentence cards left. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.