Prepositions of Time - ESL EFL Activities, Games, Worksheets and Lessons
In, On, At - Dominoes
ESL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
Help your students to understand how to use prepositions of time with this dominoes game. The dominoes contain the prepositions of time 'in', 'on' and 'at' on one side and a time expression on the other. One student places a domino in front of them and the other student tries to match the preposition with a time expression by placing one of his or her dominoes at either end of the first domino. The students continue taking it in turns to place dominoes until one student has no dominoes left. That student wins the game.
In, On, At
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This imaginative two-part activity is perfect for teaching prepositions of time. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. First of all, the students read how to use time prepositions. Then they complete sentences with: in, on and at. After that, the students are given time preposition cards. The teacher calls out time expressions and the students have to hold up the correct preposition of time. If they hold up the wrong preposition or are too slow, they are out. The winner is the last student left playing the game.
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Prepositions of Time Lesson
ESL EFL Lesson - Elementary - 45 Minutes
Here is a straightforward lesson for teaching prepositions of time. In this lesson, students learn how to identify the correct preposition for a range of time expressions. To begin, the students put time expressions into different categories depending on the time preposition used. Following that, students complete the rules associated with the prepositions. After that, the class performs a 'Find Someone Who' activity based on the time prepositions they have learnt. The students then tell the class about the people they interviewed in the activity.
Prepositions Tic Tac Toe
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This fun activity gives students an opportunity to practice or review prepositions of time and place. In small teams, students play a game of Tic-Tac-Toe where the objective is to make grammatically correct sentences in order to form a vertical, horizontal or diagonal row of Xs or Os. The teams take it in turns to choose a preposition square that they think will match with the time or place expression on a card. If they make a suitable sentence using the preposition and time or place expression, they win the square. Teams score one point every time they achieve three in a row. The team with the highest score at the end of the game wins.
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EFL EFL Matching Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this enjoyable teaching activity, students play a game of dominoes by matching prepositions with time expressions. After the students have completed the game, they write sentences about themselves using the time prepositions they have learnt.
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EFL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
In this supplementary worksheet, students practice prepositions of time. Each student is handed a copy of the worksheet. Students start off by putting time expressions into their correct column on their worksheet: in, on, at or no preposition. Then they complete a set of rules for using the prepositions. After that, students test each other in pairs. One student turns over their worksheet. The other student then reads a time expression and their partner tries to guess the correct preposition. After 14 prepositions, they swap roles.
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Time Prepositions Board Game
EFL EFL Speaking Activity - Elementary - 25 Minutes
This engaging board game can be used to teach or review the prepositions of time: in, on, at. The object of the game is to match a time expression and preposition correctly in order to ask a question. When a player lands on a time expression square, they look at the cards in their hand and find a preposition card that matches the time in the square, e.g. at Christmas, on Monday, etc. If a player has a suitable preposition card, they ask a question to another player using the preposition and time expression, e.g. Did you go out on Saturday, Tom? After the student has replied, the player discards their preposition card and picks up a new one. Then, it's the next player's turn. The first player to get to the finish wins the game.
Time Prepositions Questionnaire
EFL EFL Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
In this fun pairwork activity, students complete questions using prepositions of time. Then they ask their questions to a partner. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Working alone, the students complete questions on their worksheet with prepositions of time. After the answers have been checked, the students interview each other using the questions. If possible, they get more information by asking follow-up questions. When everyone has finished, some students tell the class what they found out about their partner.
Time Prepositions Quiz
EFL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is a great activity for revising prepositions of time (in, on, at). In the activity, students complete sentences in a general knowledge quiz by choosing the correct time preposition and answer. The answers are all time expressions, e.g. days, times, dates, months, etc. The class is divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. Students read each sentence and choose from three possible answers. When they have decided on the correct answer, they complete the sentence by choosing the right time preposition (in, on, at). When the students have finished, the answers are checked as a class. Students score two points for the correct time preposition and answer, or one point for the correct time preposition but wrong answer or vice versa. The pair with the highest score at the end of the game is the winner.
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Find Someone Who...
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this dynamic teaching activity, students ask and answer questions using prepositions of time. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students move round the classroom asking the various questions on their worksheet. When someone replies positively to a question, the student writes down their name on their worksheet and asks a follow-up question to gain more information. At the end of the activity, students give feedback to the class about what they found out about their classmates.
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Time Prepositions Race
ESL EFL Matching and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 Minutes
In this entertaining activity, students play a board game where they race against each other to land on time phrases that match with a preposition on their card. The students are divided into groups of three. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Each player is also given an 'in', 'on' or 'at' preposition card. The game board contains time phrases that go with the prepositions in, on and at. However, there are also decoy time phrases that have no preposition included on the game board. The aim of the game is to be the first player to complete their preposition card with eight matching time phrases. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board in any direction. Their task is to land on squares where the time phrase matches with the preposition on their card, so a student with the 'at' card would try to land on squares such as 3 'o clock, night, noon, etc. When a player lands on a square that they think matches with their preposition, they tell the group that they want to write the time phrase on their card. The other students then confirm whether the preposition and time phrase match. If they agree, the player writes the time phrase on their card. If the preposition and time phrase don't match, the player misses a turn. If the students are unsure, they ask the teacher. The first player to complete their card wins the game.
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