LEVEL: Elementary

OBJECTIVES: The students should be able to:

1. distinguish between the past tense of irregular verbs and that of regular verbs
2. write a very simple event that happened in the past

MATERIALS: Grammar Worksheet on Past tense of Regular and Irregular Verbs, flash cards of selected regular and irregular verbs in plain form, scratch paper, bell

: Around 45 minutes


1.) Since this is a review lesson, it is assumed that the students already have a working knowledge of the past tense of some irregular and regular verbs.

2.) Form groups of four. Give each group scratch paper where the group’s scribe will write the group’s answers. Tell the class that you will give them five seconds to write their answers and then you will ring the bell to signal them to stop writing.

3.) Flash the selected regular and irregular verbs one at a time and read each one aloud. Tell them to write the past tense of the word being flashed. You have to say “Go” before the students start writing the answer. Flash the verbs randomly. The winning team will receive a prize in whatever form you decide to use (e.g. additional point, food prize, stickers, etc.).

Sample Verbs:

eat, is, are, do, go, buy, drink, tell, see, hear, give (irregular)
watch, play, visit, listen, dance, paint, erase, shout (regular)

4.) Distribute the worksheet and let the students answer it. Give a time limit. Give the correct answers afterwards and let the students check their own answers.

5.) As stated in the second part of the worksheet, the students need to write a very short narration of a past experience using the verbs in the worksheet or using their own choice of verbs. Explain how to do this by giving examples of past experiences. They can follow some of the structures seen in the worksheet, especially if they find it a bit hard.

Sample Past Experiences with a Friend:

attending a party
going to the beach
going to the mall
playing a favorite sport
going to the cinema

6.) Give the students enough time to write their ideas. Move around to help them.

7.) Pair off the students and tell them to exchange paper with their partner. Ask the students to read the work of their partners and to check the past tense of the verbs used by their partners if they can.

8.) Collect the very short written work.