here is a nice small activity on Present Simple vs Present Continuous for an elementary class, a kind of activity that will help you to refresh the students’ knowledge and once again let them practise (might be good to finalise the grammar topic). It takes 5-7 minutes and is quite dynamic.
Here is what you do:
preparation stage: first cut the time cards (always, usually, now.,.,,) and put them onto the table. Ask the students to put them into two groups: Present Simple and Present Continuous. Then ask them to remember how to make all the forms for both tenses, elicit some examples and write them on the board.
give the picture table to the students. the idea is to make sentences lilke “Usually Jane lives in Berlin, but this week she is staying in London”, etc. It’s not very communicative, but here the main focus is on the right grammar form and on the right tense choice. It’s very simple, but it helps to “fasten” the students’ idea of when to use Present Simple vs Present Continuous.
You can either ask the students to make their own sentences (if you think they know the appropriate vocabulary), not forgetting the time words too, or you can help them a bit by giving a list of verbs (see the second page, after “suggested answers”, cut the table into separate cards, ask the students to match the cards to the pictures before proceeding to making the sentences).