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Past Simple Lesson
Elementary, Grade 3 level


In this lesson, students learn about past simple regular verbs through TBP based on listening about how people lived in the past. The lesson starts with a discussion about "How are things different now from long ago?". This is followed by a listening task where students listen to a song and write the missing words. Finally, there is a controlled practice through verb formation and free practice via conversation questions labeled with points.


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Main Aims

  • To provide clarification of past simple regular verbs in the context of How people lived differently in the past.

Subsidiary Aims

  • To provide practice of past simple regular verbs in the context of How people lived differently in the past.


Warmer/Lead-in (3-5 minutes) • To set lesson context and engage students

1- Display an old picture of people on the street, and ask the students: -What do you see? -How did people travel then? -Why were there so many people? 2- Play a video and ask them to compare their answers to what the video says. 3- Elicit their answers to the following question: -Did your great-grandmother has a cell phone when she was young?

Exposure (8-10 minutes) • To provide context for the target language through a text or situation

-Give them HO1 and tell them that they are going to listen to the song and write the missing words. -Give them a moment to read the text carefully before the listen to the song -Ask tem to check in pairs after listening -Elicit the answers and confirm with them

Highlighting & Clarification (10-12 minutes) • To draw students' attention to the target language

A)Meaning -Place the following sentence from the song on the whiteboard: "Great Grandma ......... from place to place". -Ask them to help you to remember the missing word (walked) -Draw a timeline clarifying the difference between how people traveled in the past and how they travel in the present (You can use label two pictures on the timeline to help them figure out the difference easily) -C.C.Qs 1- Is great-grandma still alive? 2- Does she do this anymore? 3- In 2022 do people use their feet to travel? 4- Do they use cars now? -Do the same with the negative sentence: "She ..... use a car or bus". (didn't) C.C.Qs: -Were there many cars to use? -Did people use cars or carriages? B) Form - Start eliciting the form of the positive sentence - While eliciting the regular verb form ask the following: 1) What if the verb ends with an e (Close)? 2) What is the past form of this verb (Stop)? 3) What is the past form of this verb (Cry)? 4) What about this verb ( Want) -Elicit the reason behind each form and use different colors to highlight the transformation rule -Elicit the negative form and clarify that didn't = did not B) Pronunciation -Drill the positive sentence and make sure that they say the ed ending in "walked" correctly. -Clarify why ed in walked is pronounced /t/ and as one syllable -Go back to the verbs you used to clarify the ed ending form, use them to clarify the sounds of ed ending -Drill the negative sentence and make sure the do the linking part in "didn't use"

Controlled Practice (8-10 minutes) • To concept check and prepare students for more meaningful practice

The students will do a controlled practice of 2 parts, in part 1 they will need to complete the sentences with the positive form. In part 2, they will need to complete the sentences with the negative form. - You have two parts -In part 1 use a positive verb -In part 2 use a negative verb I.C.Q: -Do you write all in positive form? -Pair check -Elicit the answers and confirm

Free Practice (8-10 minutes) • To provide students with free practice of the target language

"Who is lucky to score more?" -Tell them that you'll play a game that depends on luck. -Divide them into pairs. -Give them flopped cards that have questions inside. -Tell them that each question will give them a number of points if they answer it -Tell them they will take turns choosing cards randomly -The one who collects more points wins the game -Demonstrate with one of the students if needed -Observe and help if needed. -Feedback

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