The Daily Routine in English

Daily Routines in English is one of the most common topics when you are trying to learn English.

Daily Routines in English can be linked to two important tenses in English:

  • Simple Present
  • Simple Past

We use the simple present to talk about daily routines because the simple present is used to describe actions that happen regularly.

We also use the simple past to talk about what you did


Simple PresentI always wake up at 5
Simple PresentShe never goes to church
Simple PresentThey play soccer with us in the afternoons
Simple PresentI watch Netflix shows every night
Simple PastI woke up around 5
Simple pastI went to church with my cousins
Simple PastThey played soccer in the stadium

Lesson #1 Daily Routines Vocabulary

These are some of the most common examples of daily routines:

To wake up
To get up
To have breakfast
To take a shower
To go to school
To take the bus
To have lunch
To study for exams
To read a book
To go to bed
To chat with friends
To go to the pool
To get dressed
To comb my hair
To clean up the room
To stay up late
To watch tv
To play video games
To listen to music
To do the dishes
To check facebook
To hang out with friends
To play sports
To brush my teeth
To do the homework
To have dinner
To walk the dog
To do exercises
To talk to friends

There are way more activities that you can do but these ones are enough to start

Lesson #2 Daily Routines Examples

These are some examples of sentences that talk about daily routines

  1. I usually go to the soccer field in the morning
  2. I take a breakfast around 8
  3. She usually does the dishes after breakfast
  4. My mom usually goes to be around 9
  5. I never wake up before 5
  6. My brother plays video games every afternoon
  7. I check facebook and Instagram every day.
  8. My family and I go to the beach every weekend
  9. My brother is in a soccer team, He play soccer every day.
  10. I study English every day and I take classes on the weekends

Lesson #3 Daily Routines Questions

These are some questions that you can make about daily routines.

  1. What time do you usually wake up?
  2. How many times a week do you go running?
  3. How many times a week do you go jogging?
  4. What time do you usually go to bed?
  5. How often do you watch a movie at night?

These are some questions and answers about the daily routine

  • What time do you usually go running?
  • I go running at night
  • What time do you get to work?
  • I usually get to work before 7
  • What time do you get home?
  • I usually get home before 6
  • What time do you usually have lunch?
  • I usually have lunch around 12
  • What time do you usually go to bed?
  • I go to bed after midnight
  • What time do you usually wake up?
  • I usually wake up around 10:00 AM
  • How many times a week do you go swimming?
  • I go swimming once a week

Lesson #4 A Daily Routines Conversation

This is an example of a conversation about daily routines:

  • James: Hello, what are you doing?
  • Mike:  I always go running in the mornings
  • James: Do you go running every day of the week?
  • Mike: I usually run from Monday to Friday
  • James: i Wish I could go running but I have to work.
  • Mike:  Are you going to my birthday party next sunday?
  • James: Sorry but I have to go to church with my family
  • Mike: No problem, have a good day
  • James: Take care

Lesson #5: My Daily Routine in Ten Sentences

My name is Derek. I always wake up at 5 o’clock in the morning then I take a shower and put my clothes on.

I have my breakfast and then I  get the car out of the garage. I arrived to hisghchool at 7

At 11 o’clock I finish teaching classes then  so I often take my lunch break and talk with my friends.

At around 12 noon I continue teaching classes until 4: 20 then I drive home.

When  I get home, I usually watch some TV and chat with my family. At  9 o’clock I read a book and go to sleep.

How to Talk about Daily Routines – Lesson Plan

These are some teaching ideas that will be helpful to teachers

Schema Activation

Option A

  1. Students are sent a word search.
  2.  Students have to find 20 words and  check with a partner if they know the vocabulary in it

Option B

  1.  Students play a daily routine bingo game 
  2. They are sent a link to play the bingo 

Option C

Students play hangman with words related to daily routines using key vocabulary such as:

  1. wake up
  2. get up
  3. go running
  4. play soccer


Task #1

  1.  Students are given pieces of paper with questions and answers
  2. Students  have to move around the classroom and find the question related the answer and viceversa


  1. Students are sent pictures with the daily routines of famous people
  2. Student analyze the vocabulary and they choose one of the schedules
  3. They  take turn telling their schedules to other people

Task #3

  1. Students are sent a google form.
  2. They have to interview several of their classmates  and send the result  to the group

Task #4

  1. Students write their daily routines.
  2. Once they are ready, they exchange daily routines with classmates
  3. Students reports the daily routines of  a classmate.

Task #5

  1. Students are given a sheet of questions and answers.
  2. Students write the missing question or answer.

Main Task

Option A

  1. students are sent a wordle via whatsapp with key vocabulary
  2. They make group of 4
  3. They have to make  questions to their classmates.

Option B

  1. Students create a collage and talk to their classmates about the daily routines of a person they know.
  2. Once they are ready, students talk to each other about the daily routines of people they know.

Option C

  1. Students make pairs and write ten things that they did last week.
  2. Once students are ready, they go around the classroom asking and trying to guess what the person did by asking questions such as:
    1. did you go to school?
    2. did you do exercises?
    3. did you go running ?
    4. did you go to the beach?


Option A

  • Teacher reviews some of the most common mistakes during today’s class

Option B

  • Students take a quiz to make sure they understood the topic

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