1,057 FREE Past Simple Worksheets

FREE Past Simple Worksheets

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 1,057 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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How can you be sure these worksheets will work for you? Because they all come directly from the classrooms of ESL teachers around the world, who’ve found them to be especially effective for teaching the past simple tense. Got a worksheet of your own that you’d like to share? Just click the “Submit a worksheet” button at the bottom of this page, and you can join our worldwide community of contributing teachers.

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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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A Funny Christmas Story

A Funny Christmas Story

Oleg Mazurenko
Past Simple, , ,
This is a vocabulary gap-fill worksheet to help young learners retell a short animation film about Three Little Pigs and Santa. I hope your students will enjoy this activity as much as mine ...
1 Views 12,234 Elem
Past Simple Of Regular Verbs PowerPoint

Past Simple Of Regular Verbs PowerPoint

Jesús Gerónimo
» » Past Simple
Grammar spelling rules and pronunciation for past simple of regular verbs. Here you will find a complete class (PowerPoint) on past simple of regular verbs. Starting with spelling rules, going on ...
1 Views 5,259 BegElemPre-IntInt
Conversation

Conversation "About Me" Worksheet

Elisa
  Conversation lesson "all about me" inspires students to talk about themselves and practice WH words. This worksheet is suitable for a conversation class.
1 Views 10,092 Pre-Int
Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Practise Active and Passive Voice. History of Central Europe

Anastasiia
The worksheet focuses on the Passive and Active voice used to create past narrative. The tasks are based on the video that lists the historical events and major changes in Central Europe in 20th ...
1 Views 6,461 IntAdv
Past Simple: Practice

Past Simple: Practice

Guilherme G Tidon
Past Simple,
Students have to fill in the gaps of a short story about a road trip with verbs in the past simple (affirmative or negative). As a follow-up, you can ask students to share travel experiences with ...
1 Views 13,434 ElemPre-IntInt
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Holiday Survey

Holiday Survey

MegH
This is a holiday survey of 8 questions useful when you would like to engage all of the students in a group to report on their holidays. This is also a tool to ask and answer questions in Past Si ...
1 Views 14,254 Pre-IntInt
Carpool Karaoke with Adele Worksheet

Carpool Karaoke with Adele Worksheet

Veronica Karlsson
» » Past Simple
James Corden and Adele sing her songs and talk about her in his carpool. Very funny to watch and as most young people know who she is, this can be a great and fun exercise to practice listening s ...
1 Views 5,364 ElemPre-Int
Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Present Simple vs. Present Continuous Worksheet

Novi Rezeki
Both the present simple and the continuous tenses are some of the most fundamental aspects of grammar. We use and hear these tenses every day, so it's important to understand the differences ...
1 Views 28,611 ElemPre-IntIntAdv
Regular Past Tense Pronunciation Worksheet

Regular Past Tense Pronunciation Worksheet

Fernando Crespo Orozco
Past Simple,
This worksheet invites students to pronounce regular past tense endings appropriately. Likewise, students may write the past form of the verbs included with a different color ink to visualize pos ...
2 Views 7,851 ElemPre-IntInt
Past Simple Regular Verbs

Past Simple Regular Verbs

Jeff Genet
This lesson is FULL of visual aids and clear examples of when and how to use and form the Past Simple for irregular verbs. The lesson contains a link to a fun, animated video. This is the perfect ...
1 Views 11,874 BegElemPre-IntInt
Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Speaking About Now, Before Now, After Now Question Worksheet

Antonella Arista
I created this worksheet to help students revise a variety of verb tenses and practice forming questions and answers. I used it in secondary schools as well as in adult conversation classes and it ...
1 Views 8,576 Pre-IntInt
Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

Past Simple vs. Past Continuous

, Past Simple
In this worksheet, students should use two tenses (past simple and past continuous) by filling in blank spaces. Rules about when each tense is used must be learned before trying to solve the works ...
1 Views 16,369 Pre-Int
The Black Hole - Sci-fi Short Film

The Black Hole - Sci-fi Short Film

"The Black Hole" is a clever Sci-fi short film about finding possible/impossible technology in an office and about the moral implications of the character's actions. This worksheet asks students t ...
1 Views 6,108 IntAdvExam
World Water Day Reading Exercises

World Water Day Reading Exercises

Andrea Paz
Reading about the importance of water. The truth is that we are lucky enough to have clean water whenever we want, but this is not the case for many people around the world. Did you know that arou ...
1 Views 5,032 ElemPre-Int
Was/Were Board Game

Was/Were Board Game

Eleni Papadogianni
» » Past Simple
This is an easy, fun way to practice answering Yes/No and Wh- questions using the verb "to be" in the simple past tense. It helps young learners get involved in the speaking process and talk about ...
1 Views 9,961 Elem
Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

Past Simple Passive Video Activity - Describing TV Clips

English Through Videos
Help your learners practice their English with this fun video activity. Watch the TV show clip and then read the description sentence, which is written in the active voice. Change the sentence int ...
1 Views 9,591 IntAdv
-ED Endings for Past Simple with Katy Perry

-ED Endings for Past Simple with Katy Perry

Simona Nolli
» » Past Simple
All my teenagers students love Katy Perry. This an old song by Katy Perry but it is really useful to catch the correct pronunciation of-ed in regular past simple verbs. They first fill in the gaps ...
1 Views 6,475 Elem
Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

Simple Past Video Activity - The Life of Princess Diana

English Through Videos
Practice your English with this fun video activity. Watch the video on the link below and complete the gap-fill activity. It can be done as a speaking task or writing task. Change the simple prese ...
1 Views 13,037 ElemPre-IntInt
Ed Sheeran - Happier Fill in the Blank Lyrics

Ed Sheeran - Happier Fill in the Blank Lyrics

Ianitx358
Past Simple, ,
Worksheet to work on listening skills with an elementary or (pre)intermediate levels. It can be used to revise irregular past simple verbs. Don't forget to have a look at the video: You can also ...
1 Views 13,514 ElemPre-IntInt
Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

Passive Voice- Present Simple & Past Simple Exercises

, Past Simple,
There is a short info section on the rules for Passive Voice, form and use for two tenses: Present Simple and Past Simple. There are two exercises to practise the Present Simple & the Past Sim ...
1 Views 16,935 Pre-IntInt
A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

A Trip to the Hospital - Picture-Based Sequencing Activity

Jeff Genet
An awesome collaborative or individual exercise to practice writing, speaking, sequencing, storytelling, follow up questions and much more! Use the images as prompts to tell a story. Brainstorm vo ...
1 Views 15,077 All
Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

Past and Present Tense Simple Lesson Outline with Teacher Instructions

Past Simple,
It is a lesson plan for teachers to use in the classroom. It is a 20 minutes lesson focusing on speaking and grammar and teaching students the difference between past & present tense. This les ...
1 Views 12,166 Elem
How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

How Harry met Meghan/ Brangelina Love Story

Anastasia
This is a worksheet suitable for Elementary or Pre-Intermediate students who are interested in celebrities and romance. The activity allows students to re-construct the timelines of two love stori ...
1 Views 10,243 ElemPre-Int
Past Simple - Making Negatives and Questions

Past Simple - Making Negatives and Questions

Olga Nazarova
» » Past Simple
This worksheet will help your students to practise making negative sentences and questions in past simple with irregular verbs. They already have the affirmative ones and just have to complete the ...
1 Views 18,618 BegElemPre-Int
William Shakespeare

William Shakespeare

Irina Komoltseva
Past Simple, , ,
Shakespeare is one of the most popular writers the world has ever known. His creations are still popular today and millions of people still admire them. April is a good month to talk about William ...
1 Views 11,594 Pre-Int

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