Present Simple (Adverbs of Frequency) Completion Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Present Simple with adverbs of frequency guessing game

Present Simple adverbs of frequency personalised sentence completion game

On your own, fill in at least half of the gaps below to make some true sentences about yourself like “I always clean my teeth in the morning”.

  • I always _____________________________________ in the morning
  • I never _______________________________________ at the weekend
  • I _______________________________ once or twice a week
  • I _________________________ two or three times a year
  • I sometimes _________________________ with my brother or sister
  • My father often _________________________________
  • I hardly ever _______________________________ on Mondays
  • I __________________________________ at least twice a day
  • I __________________________ once every two or three days
  • I almost always ______________________, but occasionally I forget
  • I ________________________ more than 3 times a day.
  • My mother almost never _____________________, but I want her too more often.
  • I _____________________ too often
  • I often _________________________ in the shower
  • I often _______________________________________, but my parents don’t like it
  • My brother/ sister sometimes ________________________ and it annoys me.
  • I almost always ____________________ when I see a mirror
  • I hardly ever _______________________, because it is too expensive

In pairs, read your partner only the part you have written of one of the sentences above, e.g. “wash my hair”. Do not say the other parts of the sentence. Your partner will try to guess which sentence it comes from, like this:

  • Student A: “I think you wash your hair two or three times a year”
  • Student B: “Are you joking?”/ “Of course not, try again”
  • Student A: “Maybe you always wash your hair in the morning”
  • Student B: “No, not so often”
  • Student A “Okay, that’s easy then. You wash your hair once every two or three days”
  • Student B “Almost right!”/ “Getting closer”
  • Student A “Then it must be- you wash your hair once or twice a week”
  • Student B “That’s right! Now it’s my turn to guess your sentence”

Continue guessing sentences until your teacher asks you to stop.

Ask about any sentences which you couldn’t complete, etc.

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Grammar Presentation 1 Frequency expressions

The adverbs of frequency below are arranged from most frequent at the top to least frequent at the bottom. Fill in the gaps with adverbs of frequency from above.

Always

____________________

Usually

Often

Sometimes

Occasionally/ rarely/ _____________

_______________

Do the same with these expressions of frequency:

three times a day.

twice a day

once every two or three days

once or twice a week

two or three times a year

Why do we say “once a week” but “once every two days”?

Grammar Presentation 2 Third Person ‘s’

Which three sentences above could these words come from?

cooks spaghetti

plays golf

jokes about my boyfriend

Why can’t they go in the other sentences?

Write five more true Present Simple sentences with adverbs of frequency etc, e.g. “I brush my hair at least 10 times a day/ very often”

  1. I__________________________________________________________________
  2. I__________________________________________________________________
  3. I__________________________________________________________________
  4. I__________________________________________________________________
  5. I__________________________________________________________________

 

Similar to the game on Page One above, read out only the frequency expression you have used and see if your partner can guess the whole sentence.

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