Present Simple Subject-Verb Agreement - ESL EFL Games, Activities and Worksheets
Fun with Verbs
ESL EFL Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
Here is an excellent multi-purpose worksheet for teaching students verb and noun collocations and subject-verb agreement using the present simple. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by matching each verb on their worksheet with three nouns. After they have matched the verbs and nouns together, the students practice subject-verb agreement. They do this by writing a present simple sentence for each verb using a subject pronoun and the three nouns. An answer key is provided.
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Present Simple Draughts
ESL EFL Speaking and Matching Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is a creative way to teach your students about present simple subject-verb agreement. The class is divided into pairs. One student is given pronoun/noun counters and the other student is given verb counters. Students then play a game of draughts using the pronouns/nouns and verbs. A pronoun / noun counter may only take a verb counter or vice versa when there is subject-verb agreement between them. For example, the 'You' counter can take the 'ask' counter, but cannot take the 'wants' counter. When there is subject-verb agreement, the student makes a present simple sentence using the two words before their opponent's counter is taken. If a student manages to get their counter across the board, the counter becomes a queen. The queen can move around the board freely one square at a time and has subject-verb agreement with all counters. When the students have finished playing, let them swap counters and play again.
Present Simple Subject-Verb Practice
ESL EFL Reading, Writing and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
This supplementary worksheet is ideal for practicing or reviewing present simple subject-verb agreement. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by completing 20 sentences with the present simple form of the verbs in brackets. The students get to practice subject-verb agreement with affirmative and negative present simple sentences in the first and third person as well as present simple questions. After that, students create their own sentences and questions using various subject pronouns. Then, in pairs, the students read their sentences to each other and check for mistakes. An answer key is provided.
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Present Simple Relay Race
ESL EFL Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is an energizing activity that offers extensive practice of present simple subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms. Two present simple texts (A and B) are stuck in different places on a wall outside the classroom. The texts are about two people's daily routine. The students are divided into pairs. One student is the 'reader' and the other is the 'writer'. The writers are given a copy of worksheet A. The writers read out the first gapped sentence to their reader. The reader runs to text A, reads the text to find the information to complete the sentence, remembers it, runs back, and tells the writer. The writer then completes the sentence. This procedure is repeated with all 12 sentences. When a pair has completed the sentences, their answers are checked. If their sentences use the correct subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms, the students swap roles. The new reader uses text B and the new writer is given a copy of worksheet B. The process is then repeated. The winners are the first pair of students to finish.
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Third Person Tic-Tac-Toe
ESL EFL Matching and Writing Activity - Elementary - 20 Minutes
In this pairwork teaching activity, students play games of Tic-Tac-Toe by completing present simple sentences with third-person singular verb forms. The students are divided into pairs and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students play two games of Tic-Tac-Toe by writing third-person singular verb forms into sentences. In order to win, the students need to get three squares in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally. Students take it in turns to play. The first student chooses a square and decides which verb in the box at the top of the worksheet can be used to complete the sentence. The student then writes the verb in the square, making sure that their spelling is correct. Then the other student chooses a square and so on, until one of them gets three squares in a row. When students finish a game, their answers are checked. If the third-person singular verb forms are correct, they move onto the next game. The first pair to complete both games with correct verb forms is the winner.
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Who are you?
ESL EFL Reading and Writing Activity - Elementary - 30 Minutes
Here is an engaging worksheet to help teach young learners how to use present simple subject-verb agreement and third-person singular verb forms. Students start off by completing present simple sentences with information about themselves and drawing a picture of what they look like. They also create two present simple sentences of their own. Then, they complete the same information about their best friend, but this time they write complete present simple sentences using the third-person singular. Afterwards, they present themselves or their best friend by reading their sentences to the class.
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Present Simple Practice
ESL EFL Lesson - Pre-intermediate - 40 Minutes
In this productive lesson, students learn to identify the rules and verb forms associated with the present simple tense. Students start off by looking at third-person singular verb forms by adding –s, -es, or –ies to the end of verbs. They then complete the spelling rules for third-person singular verb forms by going through their list of verbs. Students then underline the correct verb form in a set of present simple sentences and write what they understand about subject-verb agreement in the present simple. After that, the students fill in the correct verb forms in affirmative and negative sentences and write the rules for negative verb forms in the present simple. Finally, students rewrite sentences, adding adverbs of frequency and frequency expressions in the correct position. After which, they complete sentences explaining the correct placement of frequency adverbs.
The Name Game
ESL EFL Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate - 30 Minutes
Here is an excellent board game to help students practice the pronunciation of present simple third-person singular verb forms. In the activity, students play a board game where they try to make true present simple sentences about their classmates. The students are divided into groups of four. Each group is given a copy of the game board, a dice and counters. Each player also writes their name on eight blank name cards. All the name cards are shuffled together and placed in a pile face down on the table. Players take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they take a name card from the top of the pile. If the card shows their own name, they put it back and take another one until they turn up the name of one of the other players. The player then reads out the name on the card and tries to make a true present simple affirmative sentence about the person using the verb marked on the square, pronouncing the third-person singular verb form correctly. The person whose name is on the card tells the player if their sentence is right or wrong. If the sentence is true, the player stays on the square. If the sentence is not true, the player goes back to their previous square. The first player to reach the finish square wins the game.
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