Future Tense "Will": Fortune Telling


Students pull fortunes from envelopes, and write out what their fortunes will be.


  • New Crown Grade 2 - Lesson 3.1
  • Sunshine Grade 2 - Program 3.2

Materials Needed

  • Worksheet
  • 5 envelopes
  • One die OR a coin
  • 5 printed and then cut sheets of fortunes




1. Print out adjectives.doc, countries.doc, jobs.doc, positions.doc, and thingstohave.doc on differently colored paper (makes sorting out cards easier later)

2. Cut each sheet up by item, and place each sheet of cards in its own respective envelope. Write the number that is on the cards on the envelope. Writing the category of the cards on the envelope might also be a good idea.


1. Make sure the students have a firm grasp of the future tense

2. Pass out worksheet and read the first question.

3. Demonstrate how to fill it out:

#1. Draw a card from the positions envelope, and circle the corresponding option on the worksheet. Read the sentence "I will be a "

#2. Flip a coin (heads=1, tails=2) or roll a die to decide how many times you will be married. Write the number on the worksheet and read the sentence.

#3-5. Draw a card from the corresponding envelope, complete the sentence ("I will be ~"), and read it aloud.

#6. Draw a card from envelope number 6 and complete the "I will have~" sentence.

4. Break students into lunch groups and distribute envelopes (one per table) and coin/die. Have students start working, and make sure they are doing it correctly.

5. After a set amount of time have students pass the envelope and die to the table next to them.

6. After students have completed the worksheet, ask for volunteers to read their fortune, or collect them and read the ones you think are the most interesting.


This can be adapted to be used with "going to" instead of "will"

Fortunes can be changed to your liking.

In part 6, you can turn this into a guessing game (e.g. "who will have 3 children?")


Make sure that students understand the contents of the worksheet, such as "married."

Inertia can be a problem. Give students a time limit and make sure they stick to it.

Students may not work if they don't think they will have to turn in the sheet, so collecting it, and announcing that you will collect it might be a good idea.

If students aren't reading sentences aloud, or are taking a long time to do so, other students in the group may become disinterested and drift off.

The worksheet gets progressively harder. This isn't entirely fair for the group that gets the #6 envelope first. You could make a set of envelopes for each group and do each question simultaneously, but it would require much more preparation (it may be worth it though).

Above all, make sure it moves quickly, and that students are engaged. The class can go well, but it can also go very poorly if students aren't engaged.

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