How to Talk about Daily Routines

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How to Talk about Daily Routines

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 imporant 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 daily routines in the past.


Simple Present I always wake up at 5
Simple Present She never goes to church
Simple Present They play soccer with us in the afternoons
Simple Past I woke up around 5
Simple past I went to church with my cousins
Simple Past They played soccer in the stadium

Daily Routines Vocabulary

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

  1. To wake up
  2. To get up
  3. To have breakfast
  4. To take a shower
  5. To go to school
  6. To take the bus
  7. To have lunch
  8. To study for exams
  9. To read a book
  10. To go to bed
  11. To chat with friends
  12. To go to the pool
  13. To get dressed
  14. To comb my hair
  15. To clean up the room
  1. To stay up late
  2. To watch tv
  3. To play video games
  4. To listen to music
  5. To do the dishes
  6. To check facebook
  7. To hang out with friends
  8. To play sports
  9. To brush my teeth
  10. To do the homework
  11. To have dinner
  12. To walk the dog
  13. To do exercises
  14. To talk to friends

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

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?

Daily Routines English 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

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.

Lesson Plan: Daily Routines

How to Talk about Daily Routines – Lesson Plan

Schema Activation (10 Mins)

  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

Pre-Task (80 Mins)

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

Main Task (40Mins)

  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.


  1. Teacher reviews some of the most common mistakes during today’s class
How to Talk about Daily Routines

Teaching Daily Routines in English

Schema Activation

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

Pre-task Activities

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

Main Task 

  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.


  1. Students take a quiz to make sure they understood the topic
go, play y do

How to Talk about Past Daily Routines

Schema Activation (10 Mins)

  1. 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

Pre-Task Activities (75 Mins)


  1. Teacher gives a list of the 30 most common daily routines  to each student.
  2. Students make groups of 6
  3. Each student translates a daily routine and write a sentence in the past for each daily routine:
    • to wake up
    • I woke up really late last night
  4. They share their sentences orally


  1.  Students are sent these questions so hey can interview their classmates.
  2. They interview one classmate and they are interviewed by another classmate.


  1. Teacher sends students pictures about different famous people and the schedule they have or had
  2. Students make pairs, one student ask questions and the other student answer the question.
  3. Once students answer the questions, they go to anot classmate to answer question about a different famous person.

Main-Task (30 Mins)

  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?


  1.  Students  answer a quiz based on the topic studied in previous lessons.
    1. How to describe abilities
    2. How to describe appearance and personality

How to Talk about Daily Activities – Lesson Plan

Schema Activation (10 Mins)

  1. Student play hangman with some words (Code: hxwgebbfichb)


Task #1 (30 Mins)

  1. Students watched a video  that teaches about the pronunciation of ED endings
  2. Students make pairs
  3. Students are asked to categorize the following  regular verbs according to their pronunciation
  4. Student record a sentence using some of the verbs
  5. They sent those audios to their classmates

Task #2  (20 Mins)

  1. Students played a bingo with verbs studied using

Task #3 ( 30 Mins)

  1. Students make sentences using a collage with Daily routines, they make question such as:
    • did you go running?
    • did you do exercises?
  2. Once they finished talking with a partner, they switch with other two or three partners


  1. Student are going to write a detailed schedule about what they did yesterday
  2. Students make pairs and talk about the activities they did


  1. Teacher plays a track about daily activities and students write down as many as they hear
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