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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 956 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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956 FREE Past Simple Worksheets

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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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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!
6 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 ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

Irregular Verb List with Pronunciation, Examples and Pictures

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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 ...
35 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

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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 ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediate
Simple Holidays Worksheet

Simple Holidays Worksheet

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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 ...
2 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 ...
7 Pre-Intermediate
Adverbs of Manner

Adverbs of Manner

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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 ...
6 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 ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Grab the Cards- Past Simple

Grab the Cards- Past Simple

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Grab the cards is a fun game. The teacher puts the cards on the desk. He says the present simple verbs and the students grab the past simple verbs. The one with more cards is the winner. Hope it h ...
7 Elementary
Past Simple (Regular Verbs)

Past Simple (Regular Verbs)

Khatuna
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It's a very useful Powerpoint presentation for either to introduce past simple regular verbs or as a follow-up activity to teach simple . Teacher asks students in pairs to ask and answer the que ...
4 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Past Simple ( Irregular Verbs)

Past Simple ( Irregular Verbs)

Khatuna
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It's a very useful Powerpoint presentation for either to introduce past simple irregular verbs or as a follow-up activity to teach simple . Teacher asks students in pairs to ask and answer the q ...
6 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Verbs Board Game

Verbs Board Game

Nanovita
A board game with pictures and signs for positive, negative, yes or no question, and WH question sentences. Students just need to throw the dice and make sentences based on the pictures and signs. ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

Victory Day Worksheet [for Russian Speakers]

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I have prepared it for a clever boy of the 4th class (11 years old). There is a text divided in some fragments about the history of the Victory Day and Arctic Convoys. The vocabulary is translated ...
5 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Animals Past and Present Grammar Worksheet

Animals Past and Present Grammar Worksheet

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This worksheet is about animals. It contains two activities for grammar: present simple andpast simple. The students are asked to make questions and write answers. It is appropriate for elementary ...
5 Elementary
Changing Tenses

Changing Tenses

Benjamin Chapman
Students will rewrite each sentence using a different verb tense. A past, present, and future worksheet. Research tells us that studying verb tenses is a great way to learn the fundamental aspects ...
7 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Review of Past Tenses

Review of Past Tenses

Roberta Rohen
A thorough revision of past tenses and narrative tenses, with concept checking and practice. Here, students revise their knowledge of past tenses (simple, continuous and perfect), check functional ...
7 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Song Worksheet: Yellow by Coldplay

Nérida González
This is a beautiful song by Coldplay. I find it very useful for learning irregular verbs. Students have to complete the lyrics with the missing verbs. The verbs are in simple present and students ...
5 Elementary
Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Song Worksheet: Summer by Calvin Harris

Gabriela
It's a very simple song worksheet to work with past simple and vocabulary. Students will love this song, You can watch the video after listening. I included the key. https://www.youtube.c ...
1 All levels
Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

Audio for Adjectives, Tenses and Adverbs

There are three tasks in this worksheet. The first exercise is taken from New English File Elementary "True False Show" but I have adapted it for children. They think, if the statements are t ...
3 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

A Hit-and-run Offense (Tenses)

This is a fictitious newspaper article about a hit-and-run offence. Students need to complete the text by put the verbs into the correct tense in the active or passive voice. Use to check students ...
7 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Christmas Carol Reading

Christmas Carol Reading

I've used this when reading the story "Christmas Carol" By Charles Dickens with my students. It was useful to help retelling and also to remember details about the story. Although there is a movi ...
2 ElementaryPre-Intermediate
Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

Song Worksheet: Up by Olly Murs & Demi Lovato

This is a very simple activity with the song "Up" to practice simple past of irregular verbs. The worksheet can be used as a warmer to review simple past irregular verbs. The worksheet provid ...
1 Elementary
Practicing Past Forms

Practicing Past Forms

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This presentation is an exercise for students to practice past forms (simple past, past perfect or past continuous), they have already learned. The presentation has slides with pictures, and sent ...
5 Pre-IntermediateIntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level
Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

Listening about Madame Walker and Interview Her

Past Simple, ,
This worksheet contains 2 listening tasks based on the VOA programme about Madame C.J. Walker, the first Afro-American woman to be successful in business. After listening, students can think of qu ...
7 IntermediateUpper Intermediate and AdvancedExam Level

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