Many elementary students feel they cannot see the difference between these two tenses. To help them I have created a rap which explains the grammar and gives some example sentences, two mind maps explaining everything simply and several games to practise this grammar point. I hope you will find it useful.
Present tenses – mind maps
The first mind map explains the basics about the present simple tense:
The second mind map has already been published here in the post on Present continuous tense. The mind map explains the usage and form of the present continuous tense.
Present tenses – rap
Watch the rap and then try to answer the comprehension questions in the game On target. The rap explains the usage of the two tenses and gives some examples.
Now try the comprehension game. Answer all the questions and then shoot the bad ducks 🙂
Play the game here.
Present tenses – games
Now it is time to check whether you understand the grammar point. Here is a game called En Garde. Your task is to choose the correct tense and then hit your opponent. Good luck.
You can play the game En Garde here.