Help your students practice discussing Habits & Routines using different verbs, time expressions, and frequency adverbs.

Chain Activity: Talk About Habit

Age: All Ages

Level: Pre-elementary, Elementary

Target Structure: Simple Present, Frequency Adverbs

Duration: 10-20 minutes (depending on group size)

Materials: cut-out Habits & Routines Grammar Cards

  • Ask students what’s the first thing they do in the morning (e.g., brush their teeth, take a shower, eat breakfast, etc.); point out if everyone gave the same answer of if different people do different things.
  • · Tell students they’ll practice discussing their and their classmates’ habits using frequency adverbs.
  • · Have a student draw a card and say a sentence about their habits using the word in the card. The following student will repeat their classmate’s habit and then draw a card to say a sentence of their own. Next, the student will say their previous two classmates’ sentences and their own, and so on, creating a chain.
  • · Do as many rounds as possible, changing who starts the chain so different students get to practice with a similar number of sentences.
  • · Short, immediate correction is recommended for this activity.

Student A: [get up] I usually get up at 7:00.

Student B: She usually gets up at 7:00. I always get up late on weekends.

Student C: She usually gets up at 7:00. He always get up…

Teacher: gets

Student C: He always gets up late on weekends. I almost always get up early from Monday to Friday.


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