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Verb tenses are some of the most important aspects of a new grammar’s language - and also one of the trickiest to get right in the beginning. As an ESL teacher, you know how challenging it can be to design tense exercises that keep students engaged, while also making sure they’re well-drilled on the fundamentals of a certain tense. Balancing the need to teach proper use of the past simple tense with the need for fun and challenging activities in the classroom can often seem like a chore.

Different teachers take different approaches to this challenger. Some simply drill their students on tense until the students can successfully produce every form of a given verb - as was the practice for decades - while others take a more modern approach, and try to mix it up in the classroom with a hodgepodge of games, reading, speaking, and other exercises. Your approach may involve any or all of these elements - which is why it’s important to have a diverse grab-bag of resources at your disposal.

BusyTeacher.org has got you covered. Our 962 past simple tense worksheets are guaranteed to keep your students talking, creating sentences, and working together to help each other learn the rules of how an English verb is used in the past simple tense. These worksheets provide a variety of interesting and relevant topics, which means your students can take what they’ve learned out of the classroom, and start applying it to their real-world English speaking and writing, right away.

Some of our past simple tense worksheets are just simple verb lists and grammar exercises - all complete with pronunciation guides and usage examples, of course. Others use popular songs whose lyrics fall mostly into the past simple tense - freeing you from the hassle of tracking down a song that’s useful for teaching this tense. Other worksheets help you bring writing or speaking exercises into the classroom, and encourage students to use the past simple tense to talk about their own lives. And still others lay out the rules for board games, so your students can play and learn at the same time.

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962 FREE Past Simple Worksheets

GRAMMAR TIP:What Is Past Tense?
A past tense (abbreviated pst) is a grammatical tense that places an action or situation in the past of the current moment (in an absolute tense system), or prior to some other event, whether that is past, present, or future (in a relative tense system). Not all languages mark verbs for the past tense (Mandarin Chinese, for example, does not); in some languages, the grammatical expression of tense is mixed with the expression of mood and/or aspect (see Tense-aspect-mood). In English, there are two verb forms which are commonly called "past tense", the so-called simple past, sometimes misleadingly called the preterite, which is a true tense, and the present perfect, which is generally considered an aspect rather than a tense. These combine with other aspects including the continuous and progressive aspects to create several additional forms: Simple past is formed for regular verbs by adding -d or – ed to the root of a word. Examples: He walked to the store, or They danced all night.
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Past Simple Presentaton

Past Simple Presentaton

Roi Skoura
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A Power Point Presentation of the structure of simple past. It can be used to present the spellng rules of simple past. Key words are also presented as well as the difference between the ...
1 Pre-Intermediate
Case Study: Victoria López

Case Study: Victoria López

This case was designed for A2-B1 students, with basic understanding and usage of English. The main student group is Law Enforcement students, but learners of General English can also enjoy this tr ...
1 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Past Simple

Past Simple

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This is a two-page worksheet for reviewing Past Simple. It includes four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works well!
4 Elementary
Grammar - Present and Past Simple

Grammar - Present and Past Simple

Past Simple,
This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of present and past simple. It contains four activities and it is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
5 Elementary
Summer of 69

Summer of 69

This is a famous song by Bryan Adams to practice past simple. First students put the given verbs in the past simple then listen to the song and write these verbs in the correct place. Pre-intermed ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Movie Worksheet: Tell Me the Story of Pothound

Suzanne Bhagan
"Pothound" is a great, short film by Trinidadian filmmaker, Christopher Guinness. You can watch it here: https://vimeo.com/32823310. I used this worksheet with intermediate ESL students in a Japan ...
1 Intermediate
In Shape/ Past Simple

In Shape/ Past Simple

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This is a worksheet for practicing past simple. The students are asked to read a text and answer or write the questions. It is designed for elementary level. Hope it works!
7 Elementary
Summer Holidays

Summer Holidays

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An activity for September for year 9/8th grade/4ème. Students learn how to speak about their summer holidays. They have to find the missing words, and then they can interview a classmate, t ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

Past Simple, ,
I was going to keep this for myself but I finally decided to share. This is a complete list of irregular verbs with pronunciation, pictures and examples. Most verbs have three or four examples, bu ...
43 ElementaryPre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and Advanced
Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Movie Worksheet: We Bought a Zoo

Auris
The worksheet includes 3 short fragments of the film, there are 4 types of questions: open, multiple choice, fill in the gaps and multi-optional (more than one answer is possible), students need t ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Pas Simple and Past Continuous

Pas Simple and Past Continuous

, Past Simple
This power-point presentation is helpful for teaching the past simple and past continuous tense  through examples and rules. It includes two tests to check your students understanding. It's a ...
8 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Simple Holidays Worksheet

Simple Holidays Worksheet

Past Simple, ,
A super simple worksheet for complete beginners. It contains a basic vocabulary (transport, places to stay, things that are used on holidays and useful verbs in past simple). The aim of the works ...
4 Complete BeginnerElementary
Grammar:Present Simple, Continuous, Past Simple and Used To

Grammar:Present Simple, Continuous, Past Simple and Used To

This is a worksheet for practicing the grammar of present simple, present continuous, past simple, and used to. It includes two activities. First, the students are asked to use some cues to write ...
8 Pre-Intermediate
Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner

, Past Simple
This power-point presentation is useful for teaching and practicing adverbs of manner and simple past. At the end it contains some activities which can help students to practice more and you can c ...
7 Elementary
Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Fast and Furious 7)

Song Worksheet: See You Again by Wiz Khalifa (Fast and Furious 7)

Joanna
An emotional song from the latest episode of Fast and Furious, which is a final tribute to Paul Walker. It can be useful as a tense revision (mainly: past simple, future simple). Students have to ...
7 ElementaryPre-Intermediate

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