Present Perfect Cover Up

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The present perfect tense can be confusing for students. This is because not all languages have a perfect tense. Remembering to add have isn't too bad, but remembering to change the verb form is difficult. This is a quick game that I made to help my ESL students practice the use of the present perfect tense. A digital version is also available for distance learning: Present Perfect Cover Up Game for Distance Learning.

Learn more about this game, and others like it, in the blog post Cover Up Games.

Equipment Needed: 1. enough 12-sided dice for every two students (not provided), 2. something to cover the boxes with (not provided--I used milk jug lids, but you could use tokens, coins, or even bingo circles), 3. printed, laminated copies of the playing boards—one page for every two students (provided)

Goal: Be the first person to cover all of the squares on your board.

How to Play:

1. Each student takes a board and covers.

2. The first student rolls the die and finds the matching number on his/her board. He/she then proceeds in one of two ways, depending on the state of the square:

A: If the square is NOT covered: the student whose turn it isn’t asks “Have you ever….” and finishes with the words in the square. The student whose turn it is answers with a complete sentence. If the grammar is correct, he/she covers the square; if the grammar is incorrect, he/she leaves the square uncovered and his/her turn is over.

B: If the square IS covered the student does nothing and his/her turn is over.

3. The second student then rolls the die and proceeds as above.

4. Students alternate rolling the die and playing until one student covers all of his/her squares.

For more practice with the present perfect, see Present Perfect Pronoun Pursuits.

More Cover Up Games:

What Were You Doing...? Past Continuous

Participial Adjective Cover Up

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Teaching Duration
30 minutes
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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Demonstrate command of the conventions of standard English grammar and usage when writing or speaking.
Form and use the perfect (e.g., I had walked; I have walked; I will have walked) verb tenses.
Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.
Recognize and correct inappropriate shifts in verb tense.

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