There Is Are ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

 

My Bedroom

ESL Is/Are There Activity - Vocabulary Exercises: Matching, Listing - Speaking: Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Freer Practice - Pair work - Beginner (A1) - 20 minutes

In this engaging Is/Are There activity, students match words with pictures of bedroom objects and review the vocabulary in a guessing game by asking questions with Is there a...? and Are there any...? First, students match each word to a picture of an object that is usually found in a bedroom and write the word underneath the picture. Students then write a list of eight objects in their bedroom using the vocabulary from the worksheet. Next, in pairs, students take it in turns to guess the eight objects in their partner's bedroom by asking questions with Is there a...? and Are there any...? Their partner responds with Yes, there is/are or No, there isn't/aren't as appropriate. When the students have finished, they repeat the game with another partner.
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A Walk in the Park

ESL There Is Are Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: True or False, Writing Sentences and Short Answers - Speaking Activity: Freer Practice - Pair work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This there is/are worksheet helps students learn There is and There are structures, including affirmative and negative statements, information questions and short answers. First, students look at a park scene picture and mark statements true or false. Next, students rewrite the false statements to make them true. After that, students answer yes/no questions about the picture using short answers. Lastly, students think of their favourite park and ask and answer questions about it with a partner using Is/Are there...?
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Bedroom Bedlam

ESL There Is/Are Game - Gramar: Matching - Pair work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this free There is and There are game, students make There is/are statements about a bedroom picture. This activity also covers prepositions of place and furniture vocabulary. In pairs, students take it in turns to turn over three word cards. If the words on the three cards go together to form a true sentence about the bedroom picture, the student reads the sentence aloud, places the three-card sentence under their picture and scores a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game is the winner.
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Classroom Quiz

ESL There Is/Are Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this engaging There is and There are game, students create and ask quiz questions about what's in the classroom to a partner who has to use their memory to answer the questions. In two groups, students write Is/Are there...? or How many ... is/are there? questions from the prompts on the worksheet. Students also create two questions of their own at the end and write the answer to each question. Students then pair up with someone from the other group. One student closes their eyes and their partner asks them the questions. The student answers all the questions without opening their eyes. For each correct answer, the student scores one point. Afterwards, students swap roles. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Shop till you drop

ESL Is/Are There Activity - Vocabulary Exercise: Listing Speaking: Information Gap, Freer Practice Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this useful Is there and Are there activity, students ask and answer questions about shops and shopping facilities using Is there a...? and Are there any...? This activity also helps to teach students about differences between British and American English. To begin, students create a shopping centre or mall by choosing eight shops or shopping facilities from a box on their worksheet and writing one on each floor of a building plan. Next, in pairs, Student A finds out what's on each floor of their partner's shopping mall by asking questions with Is there a...? and Are there any...? When Student A has completed the plan, Student B asks questions about Student A's shopping centre. Afterwards, students compare worksheets to check their answers.
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Interactive Version - In this interactive Is/Are there...? breakout room activity, students practice asking and answering questions about shops and facilities.

 

There Was/Were Memory Game

ESL There Was/Were Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a There was and There were memory game to help students practice There was/were statements and Was/Were there questions and short answers. First, students have 20 seconds to remember as many pictures as they can from the worksheet in front of them. After 20 seconds, students turn the worksheet over and write down as many items as they can remember using There was and There were, e.g. 'There was a TV'. Next, students swap their face down worksheet with a partner and look at the pictures on their partner's worksheet. Students then take it in turns to ask Was there a...? and Were there any...? questions to confirm if their sentences are right or wrong. Their partner answers Yes, there was/were or No, there wasn't/weren't as appropriate. Students score one point for each correctly remembered item. The student with the most points wins the game.
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Where am I?

ESL Is/Are There Game - Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this fun Is/Are there game, students ask questions in order to find out where they are. To begin, students complete eight Is/Are there...? questions on a card. The questions should help them decide where they are. A picture of a place is then stuck on each student's back. In pairs, each student looks at the picture on their partner's back. Students then take it in turns to ask the questions on their card to their partner to find out where they are. Students listen to their partner's answers and mark them on the card. When the students have asked all the questions, they write where they think they are. Students then see if they were right or wrong by taking the picture off their back. As an extension, redistribute the pictures and have the students repeat the game with a new partner.
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I Draw, You Draw

ESL There Is/Are Activity - Listening, Speaking, Drawing and Writing - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this rewarding There is and There are activity, students use There is/are... to describe a picture of a room and draw a room picture by listening to another student's description. This activity also covers furniture vocabulary and prepositions of place. In two groups, students draw items from a box in an empty room picture on their worksheet. Next, students pair up with someone from the other group and take it in turns to describe their room picture to their partner using There is/are and prepositions of place, e.g. 'There's a bed under the window'. Their partner listens and draws the picture on their worksheet. Afterwards, students work together with their partner and write There is/are sentences about both pictures. Finally, review the sentences by having the students show their pictures and read out their sentences.
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My Dream Home

ESL There Is/Are Worksheet - Reading, Drawing and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this There is and There are worksheet, students design and write about their dream home using There is/are.... First, students design their dream home by answering questions on the worksheet in sentence form and drawing a floor plan. Afterwards, students come to the front of the class and present their dream home by reading their answers to the questions and showing their pictures. The class then gives feedback on the homes they liked the best.
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There Is/Are Worksheet

ESL There is There are Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

Here is an apartment-themed worksheet to help students practice There is/are. Students start by reading a text about the type of apartment Tyler and Kayla are looking for. Students then go through information about four apartments Tyler and Kayla could be interested in and complete There is/are exercises about the four apartments. In the first exercise, students answer Is/Are there questions using short answers from a box. Students then correct mistakes in There is/are sentences about the apartments. Students then move on to write Is there or Are there questions for a set of answers. In the last exercise, students choose the apartment that they think is best for Tyler and Kayla and write a description of it using There is and There are. Afterwards, students read their descriptions to the class and discuss which would be the most suitable apartment for the two people.
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Interactive Version - In this There is/are interactive worksheet, students work through a range of exercises to practice There is/are statements and Is/Are there questions.

 

There is/There are Dominoes

ESL There is and There are Game - Reading and Matching Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this entertaining There is/are game, students play dominoes by making affirmative and negative There is/are(n't) statements and questions with Is/Are there. In groups, the first player tries to make an affirmative or negative There is/are(n't) statement or question with Is/Are there by placing one of their dominoes at either end of the domino on the table. The player then reads the statement or question to the group for confirmation. The other group members judge the player's statement or question, making sure the quantifier and countable or uncountable noun match. If the statement or question is wrong, the player must take back the domino. Play then passes to the next student and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.
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Where in the World?

ESL There Is/Are Game - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free There is/are guessing game, students describe famous cities using There is/are and There isn't/aren't for a partner to guess. In pairs, students take it in turns to use the prompts on the worksheet to describe cities with There is/are and There isn't/aren't to their partner who listens and tries to guess the name of the city. Students score two points for correctly guessing without asking questions. If need be, they ask questions with Is/Are there…? to help them guess for one point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins. Finally, pairs write their own description of a famous city and then take it in turns to read their descriptions to the class who tries to guess the name of each city.
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Interactive Version - In this free There is/are breakout room game, students describe famous cities to a partner by making sentences with There is/are and There isn't/aren't.

 

Picture Dictations

ESL There Is/Are Picture Dictation - Listening, Speaking and Drawing Activity - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this There is and There are drawing activity, students use There is/are and prepositions of place to dictate pictures to each other. In pairs, students take it in turns to describe the pictures to their partner using There is/are and prepositions of place, e.g. 'In picture 1, there is a house with a door in the center. There is a window on either side of the door, etc'. Their partner listens and draws the picture in the empty box on their worksheet. This continues until both students have described all four pictures. When the students have finished, they check their work by comparing pictures.
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