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How to Teach Simple Past Regular and Irregular Verbs

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Published by Anna Sawa in Teaching Ideas · 21 March 2021
Tags: verbsgrammarprintablesvocabularygamesactivities
If you are looking for ideas how to teach Simple Past regular and irregular verbs to your primary students you are in the right place. You can find here some ideas and resources that can help your students to memorize verb forms faster and learn in a pleasure way.

 Regular and irregular past forms for primary school
 
Past Simple memory game
 
Encourage your students to learn Simple Past verb forms playing Memory game in groups. They can learn and have fun at the same time.
 
Simple Past memory game rules:
 
1.   Click a link below and download memory cards from the Teacher’s Zone website:
     
2. Print and cut the Simple Past memory cards out.
 
3. Divide students into groups of four and distribute one set of memory cards for each group.
 
4. Students put the cards facedown.
 
5. They randomly flip two of them and say the words aloud.
 
6. If the uncovered cards match (matching cards are basic verb form and Simple Past verb form), remove and keep the pair of cards. Then get another turn as a reward.
 
7. If the uncovered cards do not match, the two visible cards are flipped to be facedown.
 
8. The winner is the player with the most pairs of cards.


 
Past Simple domino game
 
Another form of learning through play is Domino game. This activity is a great way to learn by heart easily.

Simple Past domino game rules:
 
1. Click a link below and download domino cards from the Teacher’s Zone website:
     
2. Print and cut out domino cards.
 
3. Divide students into groups of four and distribute one set of domino cards for each group.
 
4. Students turn domino cards face down on the table and shuffle them.
 
5. Each player draw 3 cards and the other dominoes are used as a draw pile.
 
6. The first player choose a domino from the draw pile and place it in the middle of the table.
 
7. Continue to play clockwise. The next player selects the domino from his cards. Matching cards are basic verb form and Simple Past form. If one of the cards matches she/he sets the domino in the middle of the table. If none of dominoes can be played, the player picks a card from the draw pile.
 
8. The game ends when the domino sets close the circle.
 
9. The first student who gets rid of his last domino card is the winner.


  
Mysterious story
 
Creating a mysterious story with given verbs can help your students to use Simple Past forms of the verbs in sentences and memorize them in context. There are two versions of this activity. You can write five to ten past form verbs on the board and ask students to create their own mysterious stories using these words in any order. Another version of this task is to give one verb to write a sentence and after that the next one to create the following part of the story. You can continue the activity with any numbers of verbs.

 Regular and irregular past tense verbs for ESL students
  
Simple Past verbs printable exercises
 
 
For more practise of Simple Past regular and irregular verb forms you can download and print worksheets from the Teacher’s Zone website. You can find here wordsquares and matching exercises as well as filling the gap tasks.
 

Click the link below to download free printable worksheets:
 

 
 
Enjoy the Simple Past verb forms resources from the Teacher's Zone website:) Leave a comment if you find them useful.
 



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Cloe
22 Mar 2021
Very useful, thanks a lot :)
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