# Future Simple ESL Games, Activities and Worksheets

### ESL Future Simple Game - Grammar: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this future simple game, students respond to statements by making positive or negative comments using the future simple. In groups, students take it in turns to pick up a statement card, read it aloud and place it face-up on the table, e.g. 'I am going to write a book'. All the students then race to find a suitable comment card to respond to the statement. When a student finds a matching comment, they pick it up and use the prompt on the card to make a positive or negative reply using the future simple, e.g. 'I'm sure everyone will read it'. If the other students agree that the comment matches and uses the future simple correctly, the student wins and keeps the two cards. If not, the student is out of the round and the other players continue to race to look for or make a suitable response. The game continues until all the statement cards have been matched. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.

### ESL Predictions Game - Speaking: Guessing, Forming Sentences, Controlled and Freer Practice - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a free making predictions game in which students predict a partner's future using the future simple forms

*will*and*won't*. The aim of the game is to make the most accurate predictions. In pairs, students read the predictions on the worksheet and think about their partner’s future plans. Students also write three more predictions of their own. Students then write 'yes' next to the prediction if they think it will come true or 'no' if they think it won't. If a student writes 'yes', they must think of a reason why. The students then take it in turns to tell their partner about their predictions and reasons using the future simple form*will*and*won't*. Their partner tells them if their predictions are likely to be right or wrong. If a prediction is correct, the student puts a tick in the last column. If it's wrong, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct predictions wins the game.### ESL Predictions Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Writing Sentences, Unscrambling, Matching - Speaking Activity: Freer Practice - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 35 minutes

Here is a future simple worksheet to help students learn how to use the future form

*will*for predictions. First, students use prompts to write affirmative and negative statements with*will*. Next, students change each affirmative sentence to negative. After that, students put words in the correct order to make statements or questions predicting the future. Students then move on to match questions with short answers. Next, students read statements and then change them into questions starting with*will*and write short answers. Afterwards, students predict their future and complete sentences and then share their predictions with a partner. Finally, in pairs, students ask and answer questions about future predictions.### ESL Predictions Game - Grammar and Speaking: Sentence Completion, Guessing, Asking and Answering Questions From Prompts - Pair Work - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a future simple predicting game for your students to play in class. In the game, students make predictions about a partner's future using

*will*and*won't*. First, students read each prediction on the worksheet and write*I will*or*I won't*in the column marked 'Me', depending on whether they think the prediction will come true or not. Students then complete the same predictions for a partner by writing*He/She will*or*He/She won't*in the 'My partner' column, e.g. 'He will be famous in the future.' Next, the students take it in turns to find out if their predictions are right or wrong by asking*Will you...?*questions to their partner, e.g. 'Will you be famous in the future?' Their partner then gives their answer. If a prediction is right, the student puts a tick in the last column. If it's wrong, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct predictions in each pair wins.### ESL Will for Predictions Activity - Writing: Writing Sentences, Note Taking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this free making predictions activity, students create horoscopes for their classmates with the future simple form

*will*. In pairs, students predict what will happen by writing horoscopes for all the signs of the Zodiac with predictions for the following day or weekend. Students then display their horoscopes on the classroom wall. Next, students go around the classroom, reading the predictions for their star signs and making notes about the predictions. Two days later or after the weekend, students continue with the activity by re-reading their notes about the predictions. Students then tell the class about which predictions came true. Finally, students vote for the most accurate horoscope in the class.### ESL Future Simple Activity - Writing and Speaking: Writing Sentences, Discussion, Freer Practice - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this predictions with

*will*activity, students make predictions about what their classmates' lives will be like in twenty years using the future simple form*will*. First, students write their name and the year in twenty years time at the top of the worksheet. Students then fold their paper so the name and year cannot be seen and pass the paper to the student on their right. That student writes a prediction with*will*, folds the paper so their sentence is hidden and passes it to the student on their right. This continues until all the predictions have been written. When the students have finished, they unfold the worksheet and give the paper back to the person whose name is at the top. The students correct any mistakes they find and then read their predictions to the group. Students then discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting life.### ESL Future Simple Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Identifying, Gap-fill, Matching, Writing Sentences, Freer Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

Here is a future simple worksheet to help students learn how to use the future simple to make offers, promises and decisions. First, students read a set of statements and write 'O' for offer, 'P' for promise, or 'D' for decision next to each one. Next, students complete offers, promises and decisions with the correct form of the verbs in brackets. Students then move on to match statements with offers, promises or decisions. Afterwards, students read statements and write an offer or promise for each one. In pairs, students then say the statements to their partner and write their partner's offers and promises on the worksheet. In the last exercise, students make decisions based on the offers and promises written on the worksheet and write a sentence about each one.

### ESL Predictions with Be Going To Game - Grammar: Matching - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 20 minutes

In this predictions with

*be going to*game, students play a game of dominoes by matching predictions with*be going to*to situations and vice-versa. The first player puts a domino down either before or after the domino on the table, making sure their situation or prediction matches with what’s shown on the other domino. The next player then tries to put down one of their dominoes at either end of the domino chain and so on. The first player to get rid of all their dominoes wins the game.### ESL Future Simple Activity - Grammar, Writing and Speaking: Writing and Reading Sentences, Guessing, Gap-fill - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this free

*will*for predictions activity, students make predictions based on present observations and practice giving reasons with*because*. First, students draw the name of a class member from an envelope. The person whose name is on the paper is the subject of their prediction. Students then write a prediction about the person, giving a reason for their prediction. Next, in pairs, students write their partner's name in the 'Predictor' column. Students then give their predictions to each other, without saying who the prediction is about, e.g. 'This person will work at a restaurant because he is always eating'. Their partner listens and writes down prediction, leaving the name blank, e.g. '...will work at a restaurant because he is always eating'. Students then pair up with someone else and so on. This process continues until the predictions form is complete. Afterwards, students try to guess who the predictor is talking about in each prediction and write their guesses in the 'Name' column on the form. Finally, students go around the class and find out how many of their guesses are correct.### ESL Future Simple Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Writing Sentences from Prompts, Unscrambling, Matching - Speaking: Guided Discussion, Freer Practice - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

Here is a future simple worksheet to help students learn how to use the future simple form

*will*for predictions, spontaneous decisions, offers and promises. Students start by reading through a grammar explanation explaining the functions of the future simple form*will*. Students then make decisions, promises and offers for the situations on the worksheet using the verbs shown. Next, students put words in the correct order to make predictions. After that, students match each sentence with a function of*will*. Students then move on to match statements with offers of help. Finally, students work with a partner and discuss ten predictions using useful language from a box.### ESL Horoscopes Activity - Grammar: Sentence Completion - Group Work - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this future simple activity, students make predictions by writing imaginary horoscopes for their classmates with the future simple forms

*will*and*won't*. Students write their name at the top of the worksheet. Students then fold the worksheet as indicated so their name cannot be seen and pass the paper to the student on their right. That student completes the first sentence 'This week you will go...' with a prediction. The student then folds the worksheet so their sentence is hidden and passes it to the student on their right. This process continues until all the sentences have been completed. When the students have finished, they unfold the worksheet and give it back to the person whose name is at the top. This is their horoscope for the week. If there are any predictions the students don't understand or think are grammatically incorrect, they find the person who wrote the sentence and have them correct it. Next, in groups of five or six, students take it in turns to read their horoscope to the group. The students then discuss the predictions and decide who will have the most interesting week.### ESL Future Simple and Future Perfect Activity - Grammar and Speaking: Survey, Question Completion, Asking and Answering Questions from Prompts, Summary Writing - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this future simple and future perfect predicting activity, students produce and conduct a group survey of predictions for the next 1000 years. First, students read through the predictions on the worksheet and add a third prediction of their own to each category in the space provided using the future simple form

*will*or the future perfect. When the students have finished, they put a tick in the box next to each prediction that they think will come true or a cross if they think it won't. After that, in groups, students write the names of their group members at the top of the worksheet. Students then ask and answer the questions from the worksheet in their groups, e.g. 'Do you think that by the year 2050 everyone will use self-driving cars?' Students note down their classmates' answers by putting a tick for 'yes' and a cross for 'no' in the boxes. When the groups have finished, they write the results of their survey, e.g. 'Three people in our group think that everyone will use self-driving cars by the year 2050'. Finally, each group reports back to the class on their results.### ESL Making Predictions Board Game - Grammar and Speaking: Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun making predictions board game, students practice making predictions using the future simple with

*will*and*won't*, the future perfect, the future continuous, future time expressions,*will probably*and*might*. Students take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a student lands on a square, they make a prediction about the topic, according to the number on the dice and its corresponding future form. For example, if a student rolls a '1', the student makes a prediction with the future simple. If a student rolls a '2', they make a prediction with the future perfect, etc. The other students in the group judge whether the sentence is grammatically correct. If it is, the student stays on the square. If a student makes a grammar mistake or cannot think of a prediction, they go back two squares. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.### ESL Future Simple Review Worksheet - Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Identifying, Writing Sentences from Prompts - Intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this future simple worksheet, students review the various uses of the future simple form

*will*. Students begin by reading and completing a conversation with future simple phrases to demonstrate the various functions of*will*. Next, students indicate what the future simple form*will*can be used to express by writing yes or no next to each item. Students then use verbs from a box to write spontaneous decisions for situations. After that, students imagine that they are babysitting their neighbour's children. The students then use*will*to make promises to the parents about their instructions. Students then move on to use the future simple to make predictions about given topics. In the last exercise, students respond with an offer of help to each statement using the future simple.### ESL Making Predictions Game - Grammar and Speaking: Matching, Forming Sentences from Prompts - Group Work - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

In this future simple for predictions game, students play a card game where they make predictions about different topics using future time expressions. Players take it in turns to turn over a topic card and make a prediction about the topic using one of the time expression cards in their hand, e.g. 'Jane will get married in the next ten years'. If the player has an empty crystal ball card, they can use any future time expression they like to complete the prediction. The other group members listen and judge the player's sentence. If they agree the prediction is appropriate and grammatically correct, the two cards are removed from the game and play passes to the next student. The first player to get rid of all their time expression cards wins the game.

### ESL Making Predictions Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Grammar Exercises: Gap-fill, Writing Questions and Sentences - Speaking Activity: Discussion, Writing Sentences - Pair Work - Upper-intermediate (B2) - 30 minutes

In this theme-based predictions worksheet, students use the future simple to make predictions on how successful TV pilots will be. Students start by reading descriptions of six TV pilots. Students then complete predictions about the TV shows with

*will*or*won't*and verbs from a box. Students then use question words and answers to write questions with*will*about the pilots. Next, students combine expressions of prediction and pilot descriptions to make predictions about the TV shows using*will*or*won't*. In the last exercise, students compare their predictions with a partner and discuss which pilots they think will be the most successful. The students then write sentences to explain their choices. Finally, have a class feedback session to find out which TV shows the students think will be the most successful and why.