Sense Verbs and Adjectives ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

Makes Sense

ESL Sense Verbs and Adjectives Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Table Completion, Gap-fill, Matching, Error Correction - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this sense verbs and adjectives worksheet, students learn and practice how to use the verbs taste, feel, look, sound and smell with sense adjectives. First, students complete a five senses table using words from a box. Next, students complete sentences using sense verbs from the table in their correct form. Students then underline the sense adjective in each sentence. After that, students write the senses that certain adjectives are usually associated with. Students then complete sentences using some of the sense adjectives from Exercise B. Students then move on to match each sense adjective from a box with its opposite from the sentences. Lastly, students correct errors in sentences that contain sense verbs and adjectives.
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Sensational Pairs

ESL Sense Verbs and Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary Exercises: Unscrambling, Gap-fill - Speaking Game: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Guessing - Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this sense verbs and adjectives activity, students unscramble sense adjectives and then use them in a guessing game along with the sense verbs look, feel, taste, smell and sound. Students begin by unscrambling letters to create sense adjectives. Next, students write two things that match the description in each box. After that, students play a guessing game with a partner using the sense adjectives and the sense verbs look, feel, taste, smell and sound. Students take it in turns to say only the two words they wrote for each description to their partner who has one minute to guess what the two things have in common by saying a sentence with a sense verb and adjective. e.g. 'They are two things that smell nice'. If their partner guesses correctly within one minute, the student puts a tick in the box. The student with the most correct guesses at the end of the game wins.
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Super Senses

ESL Sense Verbs and Adjectives Activity - Vocabulary and Speaking: Writing Crossword Clues, Describing, Guessing - Group and Pair Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this sense verbs and adjectives activity, students describe words with sensory verbs and adjectives for a partner to guess in order to complete a crossword. In two groups, students invent and write down clues to the words shown on their crossword using sense verbs and adjectives, e.g. 'It feels cold. It looks pretty.' Next, students pair up with someone from the other group and take turns asking their partner for clues to their missing words. Their partner reads out the clue for each word, and the other student tries to guess what it is. If the student guesses the word successfully, they write it on their crossword. If not, their partner continues to give more clues until they guess the word. This continues until both students have completed their crosswords.
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Name Two

ESL Sensory Adjectives Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Naming, Forming Sentences - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this five senses board game, students name two things that match with sensory adjectives. One team member starts by picking up a card and asking their partner to name two things that match the sensory adjective on the card, e.g. 'Name two things that feel rough'. Their partner then has one minute to say two things using the sense verb and adjective, e.g. 'Two things that feel rough are a coconut and coral.' If the team member names two things successfully, they roll the dice and move their team's counter along the board. If not, the team remains on the same square. It's then the other team's turn to play. The first team to reach the 'Finish' square wins the game.
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Sensational Orders

ESL Sense Adjectives and Verbs Game - Vocabulary and Speaking: Describing, Matching, Asking and Answering Questions - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1-B2) - 30 minutes

In this free sense adjectives and verbs game, students order pictures by listening to descriptions of how the items look, feel, taste and smell. Student A places their picture cards in a random order on a number board. The aim of the game is for Student B to arrange the pictures in the same order as their partner. Student A begins by describing the picture in square one by saying what the item looks like, feels like, smells like or tastes like. Student B listens and finds a matching picture, placing it over square one. The two students do this without revealing their answers. If Student B is unsure, they can ask more questions, e.g. 'What does it look/feel/taste/smell like?' Student A continues describing each picture in turn until Student B's board is complete. Student A then reveals the answer for each numbered square. Student B scores one point for each correct match. The two students then swap roles and repeat the game. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Sense Verbs

ESL Sense Verbs Worksheet - Vocabulary Exercises: Table Completion, Gap-fill, Sentence Completion - Speaking Activity: Forming Sentences from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this rewarding sensory verbs worksheet, students learn and practice sense verbs and adjectives. Students begin by reading about sense verbs (look, feel, sound, taste and smell) and the adjectives that can be used with each one. Students then brainstorm other adjectives that can go with the five sense verbs and add them to a list. Next, students complete sentences with the sense verbs: look, feel, sound, taste or smell. Students then move on to look at pictures and complete sentences with suitable adjectives. Finally, in pairs, students take it in turns to describe items using sense verbs and adjectives as appropriate.
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Sweet Sensations

ESL Sensory Adjectives Games - Vocabulary and Speaking: Pelmanism, Matching, Describing, Guessing - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In these two sense adjective games, students play a matching game where they match sense adjectives to pictures and then play a describing game in which they describe the pictures in terms of how the things feel, taste, smell and look. In groups, students take it in turns to turn over a sensory adjective card and a picture card. If the sensory adjective matches with the word on the picture card, the student keeps the two cards and has another turn. If the cards don't match, the student turns them back over. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner. Students then move on to play a describing game with the picture cards. Students take it in turns to choose one of their picture cards. The other group members ask the student questions about what the thing on the card feels like, tastes like, smells like and looks like, e.g. 'What does it feel like?' The student answers accordingly, e.g. 'It feels rough'. The first group member to correctly guess the word on the card wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Five Senses Game

ESL Sense Adjectives and Verbs Game - Vocabulary: Describing, Guessing - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 25 minutes

Here is a five senses game to help students practice sensory verbs and adjectives. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a card and describe the word on the card to the group using the two prompts on the card and then adding more clues. For example, if the word is 'ice cream', the student might say: It tastes sweet and creamy. It feels cold. It can also taste fruity or chocolaty, etc. The first student to correctly guess what is being described wins and keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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What is it?

ESL Sense Adjectives and Verbs Game - Vocabulary: Describing Things, Guessing - Group Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this fun sense adjectives and verbs game, students describe different things using sensory adjectives and verbs for others to guess. In groups, students look at their cards and think about how they could describe the things on their cards in terms of how they look, feel, taste, sound and smell. After preparing their descriptions, students take it in turns to describe one of their picture cards to the group, e.g. 'It can be various colours. It tastes very sweet. It doesn't make any noise. It feels soft and sticky. It usually looks round, but it can be other shapes.' The first student to correctly guess what is being described (e.g. cake) wins and keeps the card. If the group members are unable to make a correct guess after one minute, the student describing keeps the card. The student with the most cards at the end of the game is the winner.
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