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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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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Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Fortnite Presentation - Vocabulary Practice

Igor Daniel
This is a PowerPoint presentation on Fortnite I made for my young students. They love playing this game, and I designed a presentation with info about the game as well as a vocabulary practice. T ...
1 Views 486 Pre-IntIntAdv
Travel Flashcards - Add Your Own Labels

Travel Flashcards - Add Your Own Labels

Jeff Genet
, Past Simple, ,
Beautifully illustrated flashcards for teaching travel English. This travel-themed set will brighten up the classroom, increase retention and provide an awesome visual learning aid. The flashcard ...
1 Views 769 All
Everyday Activities Worksheet

Everyday Activities Worksheet

Jeff Genet
A super fun and engaging lesson plan with an animated video for students to watch. After watching the video, students complete the questions, grammar and vocabulary activities. A powerful resourc ...
1 Views 7,553 BegElemPre-Int
Thunder & the Past Continuous

Thunder & the Past Continuous

Alba Mena
, Past Simple
Song: Thunder, by Imagine Dragons. Lyrics with gaps to fill with the past simple and the past continuous, mostly the second verb tense. Other questions included about the song's vocabulary and th ...
1 Views 2,649 Pre-Int
Past Simple Practice

Past Simple Practice

MARINA Kennedy
» » Past Simple
Practice Simple Past tense with this easy-to-use worksheet. This worksheet was designed for Portuguese native speakers and might contain Portuguese words for further explanation/instructions. Stu ...
2 Views 6,637 ElemPre-Int
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Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

Cat Left Home Alone Video Worksheet

DIANA CASTRO
This worksheet is useful when working with younger children. It's visual. No words. The idea is to captivate student's interest and work on vocabulary and comprehension activities after watching ...
1 Views 22,136 Elem
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 22,804 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 11,047 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 14,470 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 10,710 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 19,830 ElemPre-IntInt
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 21,641 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 7,037 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 47,245 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 10,687 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 15,896 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 11,648 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 24,143 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 7,483 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 5,977 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 14,679 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 12,230 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 7,357 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 16,710 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 15,255 ElemPre-IntInt

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