Simple Present Tense Grid Conquest Game

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The simple present tense is the first tense we teach students. It is for this reason that I often find activities practicing the simple present too challenging for my students, they simply don’t have enough vocabulary to effectively complete the activity. This activity has 60 questions total and a variety of question types: order the words to make a sentence, order the words to make a question, choose the correct verb conjugation to complete the sentence, correct the mistake in the sentence/question, and state a sentence/question in the present tense. All of the questions are themed around various occupations, giving students practice with some basic vocabulary as well.

To prepare the game:

1. Print and laminate one game board for every 2-4 students. The game is best when played with four students per group, but it works fine in pairs as well. It will work with only three players per group, but one player ends up with a bit of an advantage.

2. Print, laminate, and cut the cards—one set per group. I put each set on a different color of cardstock so I can quickly separate them when needed (or return a card found on the floor to the correct set).

3. Print the answer key for students to reference as needed. You’ll need one per group. I usually do this on regular paper. You can either print on two pieces of paper and have students keep it upside down, or place in a folder so the answers aren’t visible.

4. Gather dry erase markers—one per student, each student in the group will need a different color.

To play:

1. Students each choose a start square and mark it with their color. Some of my students just make an X, others prefer to color it in all the way.

2. The first student draws a card from the envelope/container and reads the question aloud. He/she then answers the question. If needed, another student can check the answer key.

3. If the answer is correct, the student claims a square on the game board and records his/her points (I give my students dry erase boards for this or tell them to use a piece of scrap paper.). The claimed square MUST share at least one side with a square he/she has already claimed (for the first turn that would be the start square). The card is discarded and play continues. If the answer is not correct, the card is discarded and no squares are marked.

4. If a student is no longer able to claim any more squares, he/she is out of the game. Once no one else can claim any more squares, or all of the question cards have been used, the game is over. Students add up their points and the winner is the person with the highest total score.

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to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Use verbs to convey a sense of past, present, and future (e.g., Yesterday I walked home; Today I walk home; Tomorrow I will walk home).

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