Simple past tense
To provide review of Regular and irregular verbs in the context of Past tense
To provide practice of outdoor activities in the context of Past events
Procedure (66-95 minutes)
Present the vocabulary, the time expressions, and the years, decades and centuries. Have students listen to the time expressions and study them on the page. Then have them listen again and repeat chorally. To check comprehension make questions about time, the day, the month, the year. To use "last" and "ago"
Review ordinal numbers 1st. to 30th with the class, say each number and have students repeat chorally. Then have the class count out the same numbers , with each student in turn calling out one number. Direct attention to April 20 on the calendar on page 89 for this exercise. Model the question and answer with a student. Point out that the answer is a complete sentence with verbs on simple past tense
To practice forming the simple past tense, write regular verbs on the board, rain, snow, exercise, study, listen, clean, wash, brush, check, watch, call, talk work. Ask students to form the simple past tense (For all add, eed; but: add "d" only to exercise only: exercised; change the -y of study to -i and add -ed: studied). Direct attention to the simple past tense statements in the negative and have students study the examples. Point out that we use the past tense of irregular verbs in affirmative statements, but to form the negative, we add did + not and use the base form of the verb; for example, he didn't go to the school yesterday. We didn't watch the movie last night. Direct attention to the information about irregular verbs. Tell students that there is no rule for forming the past tense of irregular verbs, so they will need to memorize them. Have students listen and study the examples of irregular verbs
Point out that there are three different sounds for simple past tense endings. Have students listen and study the examples. Then have students listen and repeat chorally. Encourage them to produce each ending clearly
To prepare students for the activity, say "this is an e-mail from Brian". To review answers, read the completed e-mail aloud to the class so students get an opportunity to hear the correct pronunciation of simple past tense endings of regular verbs. After that make students read the complete e-mail taking turns in order to check pronunciation
Students listen a conversation model, ask students, why to ask for a clearer explanation. After students listen, check comprehension. ask about the conversation, where, when, what, Have students repeat each line chorally. Make sure they: Use falling intonation Use rising intonation for there was?
Extend the conversation . Have students read the text in the Don't stop box and the ideas box. Make students do a free conversation with the topic on activator .