Task-Based Lesson: How to Talk about Daily Routines [Past Simple]

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How to Talk about Daily Routines

Vocabulary to Talk About 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 stay up late
  • To watch tv
  • To play video games
  • To listen to music
  • To do the dishes
  • To check facebook/snapchat
  • To hang out with friends
  • To play sports
  • To brush my teeth
  • To do the homework


  • To chat with friends
  • To go to the pool
  • To get dressed
  • To comb
  • To clean up the room
  • To have dinner
  • To walk the dog
  • To do exercises
  • To talk to friends
  • To play video games


Time Expressions:

  1. Yesterday
  2. The Day before yesterday
  3. Last night
  4. Last week
  5. Last month
  6. Last vacation
  7. Last time
  8. Two years ago
  9. Three years ago

How to Talk about Daily Routines in the Past

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

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