Past Simple Passive ESL Activities, Worksheets and Games

Famous Inventions and Discoveries

ESL Past Simple Passive Activity - Reading, Writing, Listening and Speaking - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free past simple passive activity, students ask and answer questions about famous inventions and discoveries. In pairs, students complete the missing information in the table on their worksheet by taking it in turns to ask and answer past simple passive questions, e.g. 'What was discovered by Alexander Fleming?' When the students have finished, they check their answers by comparing tables with their partner.
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Interactive Version - In this free past simple passive interactive breakout room activity, pairs of students do an information gap exercise where they use the past simple passive to ask and answer questions about famous discoveries and inventions.

 

Past Simple Passive News

ESL Past Simple Passive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this past simple passive worksheet, students create news headlines and a news story. Students begin by creating news headlines on four topics using the past simple passive. Next, students choose a topic for a news story and write the story using at least four examples of the past simple passive, referring to an example story as a guide. When the students have finished, they read their news stories to the class.
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Interactive Version - In this past simple passive interactive worksheet, students complete a range of exercises about the news to practice the past passive.

 

Past Simple Passive Quiz

ESL Past Simple Passive Game - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

Here is a rewarding past simple passive quiz game to use with pre-intermediate students in class. Students start by completing interesting historical facts on their worksheets with the past simple passive. Student A then reads their facts to Student B who guesses if they are true or false. One point is awarded for each correct guess. Afterwards, the students swap roles. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Interactive Version - In this passive simple passive breakout room activity, students complete quiz questions with the past simple passive and then play a true or false quiz game with a partner.

 

Past Simple Passive Quiz Time

ESL Passive Voice Quiz - Reading, Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun past simple passive game, students ask and answer general knowledge quiz questions in the past simple passive. Students begin by writing a past simple passive quiz question in a box next to each prompt on the worksheet. After that, Student A starts and asks the first quiz question to Student B, i.e. 'When was Facebook created?' Student A then gives three possible answers. Student B gives their answer by making a past simple passive sentence, e.g. 'Facebook was created in 2004'. If the answer is correct, the student scores a point. If the sentence is also grammatically correct, the student scores an extra point. The students then swap roles and Student B asks their first quiz question. The student with the highest score wins the game. As an extension, students can write past simple passive sentences about the answers.
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Interactive Version - In this past simple passive interactive breakout room activity, pairs of students take part in a quiz where they write past simple passive quiz questions from prompts and then ask the questions to a partner.

 

General Knowledge Quiz

ESL Past Simple Passive Activity - Reading, Writing and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

In this past simple passive activity, students create a general knowledge quiz. In pairs, students complete past simple passive sentences with factual information, e.g. 'The Mona Lisa was painted by Leonardo da Vinci'. Students must also use their own ideas to create two more factual past simple passive sentences at the end. When the students have completed all their sentences, they turn them into past simple passive questions, e.g. 'Who was the Mona Lisa painted by?' Each pair of students then joins with another pair. The students then use their questions to test the other pair's general knowledge. Pairs score one point for each correct answer. The pair with the highest score at the end wins the quiz.
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Interactive Version - In this passive voice breakout room activity, pairs of students use the past simple passive to make a general knowledge quiz.

 

Here is the News

ESL Past Simple Passive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 40 minutes

In this free past simple passive worksheet, students use the context of news reports to practice past simple active and passive forms. First, students change past simple sentences from their active form into their passive form. After that, students read a news story and identify past simple passive sentences from the story, which they then change to their active form. Students then move on to complete a set of news reports with the past simple passive form of the verbs in brackets. Afterwards, the students practice reading the news reports with a partner. Finally, the pairs of students create their own news story with the past simple passive and read them to the class.
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Interactive Version - This free past simple passive interactive worksheet contains a variety of exercises to help students practice the past simple passive in news stories.

 

Past Simple Passive

ESL Past Simple Passive Worksheet - Reading and Writing Exercises - Intermediate (B1) - 25 minutes

Here is a past simple passive worksheet for intermediate students to use in class. Students start by completing sentences with the past simple passive form of the verbs in brackets. Next, students change past simple active sentences to past simple passive sentences. Students then write out newspaper headlines as complete active or passive past simple sentences. Lastly, students write newspaper headlines in the past simple passive that correspond to pictures.
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Interactive Version - In this past simple passive interactive PDF, students complete a range of exercises to learn and practice the past simple passive tense.

 

When I was a child...

ESL Past Simple Passive Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (B1) - 35 minutes

This insightful past simple passive activity helps to teach students how to use the past simple passive followed by an infinitive with 'to' to talk about their experiences of growing up. First, students write numbered sentences about their experiences of growing up using verbs in the past simple passive followed by an infinitive with to, e.g. 'When I was a child, I was told to look both ways while crossing the road'. In groups (Student A, B, C and D), one student then turns over a card. The letter on the card refers to the student and the number refers to the sentence to be read out. The student corresponding to that letter then reads the numbered sentence to the group. For example, if the card reads C11, Student C reads sentence number 11 to the group. The other students then contribute with their own experiences for the same sentence. After the topic has been discussed, the next student turns over a card and so on.
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