Prepositions of Time ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

In, On, At

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

In these two fun prepositions of time activities, students do a worksheet where they complete sentences with time prepositions and play a game where they match time expressions with the prepositions: in, on, at. 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.
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Interactive Version - In this prepositions of time interactive worksheet, students do an exercise where they complete sentences with time prepositions.

 

In, On, At Dominoes

ESL In, On, At 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. 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, they score 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. 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.
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Make a Sentence

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 in order to win squares in a game of Tic-Tac-Toe. In pairs, students take it in turn to pick up a time expression card and choose 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, they mark the square with an O or X in pencil. 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. Students play several rounds. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Time Prepositions Board 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. Students 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.
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Time Prepositions Practice

ESL Time Preposition Activities - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 50 minutes

In these two engaging time preposition activities, students complete exercises on a worksheet to learn and practice prepositions of time and take part in a 'Find Someone Who...' activity. Working alone, students put each time expression on the worksheet into its correct column: in, on, at or no preposition. Next, the students complete rules for using the time prepositions. After that, in pairs, students test their partner on the time prepositions. Student A turns over their worksheet and 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, students complete gaps in a 'Find Someone Who...' activity with in, on, at, or no preposition. After that, students prepare the yes/no questions they need to ask in 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.
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Find Someone Who...

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

In this free time prepositions activity, students ask and answer yes/no questions that contain prepositions of time. Students start by 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.
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Good Question!

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

In this free prepositions of time speaking activity, students complete questions with the time prepositions and then ask and answer the questions with a partner. Working alone, the students complete the questions on their worksheet with the prepositions of time: in, on, at. In pairs, 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.
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Interactive Version - In this prepositions of time breakout room activity, students complete questions with time prepositions and then use the questions to interview a partner.

 

In, On, At Quiz

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

Here is a time prepositions quiz for reviewing the prepositions of time: in, on, at. In the quiz, students complete multiple-choice general knowledge statements with appropriate time prepositions. In pairs, students 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.
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Interactive Version - In this prepositions of time interactive PDF, students take part in a quiz to help them review the time prepositions 'in', 'on', and 'at'.

 

Invite me out

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

In this prepositions of time 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. 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.
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Prepositions of Time in San Francisco

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

In this time prepositions worksheet, students practice the prepositions of time: in, on, at, by, during, from, to, and until/till. First, students read Prisha and Nadia's sightseeing itinerary in San Francisco. Students then complete 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.
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Interactive Version - In this time prepositions interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises to practice nine prepositions of time.

 

Snapped

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

In this amusing prepositions of time game, students play snap by matching time prepositions (in, on, at, every, during, by, until) with time phrases and making true sentences with matching pairs. Give one student a set of time preposition cards and the other a set of time phrase cards. 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. 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.
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Wacky Races

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

In this times prepositions board game, students race against each other to land on time expression squares that match with a preposition of time on their card. The game board contains time expressions that go with the three time prepositions (in, on, at). 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. The first player to complete their card with eight matching time expressions wins the game.
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Grab it

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

In this fun preposition of time game, students race to complete sentences with the prepositions of time: by, until, during, while, for, since, from and to. 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. The next student then picks up a sentence card and so on. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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