Past Tense Regular Verbs - Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

-ed Sounds

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Activity - Reading, Writing and Pronunciation - Elementary - 25 minutes

Here is an entertaining past tense regular verbs worksheet to help students practice -ed sounds. Each student is given a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing a conversation with regular verbs from a box on their worksheet in the past tense. After the correct answers have been checked with the class, the students are divided into pairs. The pairs then read the conversation together. Students then look at the rules associated with -ed sounds of past tense regular verbs. Students follow the rules and put the past tense regular verbs from the conversation into the correct category, according to their pronunciation. The pairs then read the conversation again using the correct pronunciation of the -ed sounds.
 

Regular Connect 4

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Reading, Listening and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this fun past tense regular verbs game, students decide which -ed sounds past tense regular verbs have and try to pronounce them correctly. The students are divided into groups of three. Two students play the game and one student judges the players' answers. The two players are given a copy of game board 1. The student acting as judge is given a copy of the game board 1 answers. The aim of the game is to get four squares in a row, either vertically, horizontally or diagonally, while at the same time trying to stop the other player from getting four in a row.  The first player starts by choosing one of the sentence squares. The player looks at the underlined past tense regular verb in the sentence and decides which -ed sound it has, i.e. / t / / d / / ɪd /. The player then reads the sentence, pronouncing the verb appropriately. The student acting as judge listens to the pronunciation of the past tense regular verb and checks the answer on their card. If the pronunciation is correct, the player writes their name in the square. It's then the other player's turn to choose a square and read a sentence. If the player mispronounces the verb, play passes to the other student. The first player to get four in a row wins the game. If no one manages to do this, the player with the most squares wins. The group is then given a copy of game board 2 and the students swap roles, giving the student who acted as judge a chance to play.
 

Sounds and Spelling

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Pronunciation and Spelling Activity - Elementary - 25 minutes

In this rewarding past tense regular verbs game, students pronounce and spell the past tense form of present simple regular verbs. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. Student A begins by looking at the first present simple regular verb on their worksheet and deciding which -ed sound the verb has in its past tense form (i.e. / t /, / d /, or / id /). The student then says the past tense regular verb aloud, pronouncing the -ed sound appropriately. Student B tells their partner if they are right or wrong. If Student A is right, he or she wins a point. Student A then spells the verb in the past tense for an extra point, paying close attention to regular verbs ending in 'e' and 'y' as well as verbs ending with one vowel and one consonant. Student B writes Student A's score next to the answer on their worksheet. Then it's Student B's turn to pronounce and spell the past tense form of the first regular verb on their worksheet. This process continues until all the verbs have been completed. The student with the highest score at the end of the game wins. When everyone has finished, the pronunciations are reviewed with the class.
 

Three-in-a-row

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Listening, Speaking and Pronunciation Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

This engaging past tense regular verbs game is useful for reviewing -ed pronunciation and the past simple. The students are divided into pairs (A and B) and each pair is given a copy of the worksheet. The students then play a noughts and crosses-style game where they make past simple sentences with regular verbs and try to pronounce -ed endings correctly. Student A begins by choosing one of the regular verbs at the top of the worksheet for Student B. Student B then tries to make a past simple sentence with the verb. If Student B makes a grammatically correct sentence with appropriate pronunciation of the past tense regular verb, the student chooses a square on the game board and Student A writes the sentence in that square. The two students then swap roles with Student B choosing a verb for Student A. If a student fails to make a suitable sentence or mispronounces a past tense regular verb, play passes to the other student. The first student to get three squares in a row, either horizontally, vertically or diagonally wins the round. Students continue to play until all three games have been completed. The student to get the most rows of three is the winner.
 

True or False?

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Reading, Writing and Pronunciation Activity - Pre-intermediate - 25 minutes

In this enjoyable past tense regular verbs game, students complete interesting facts with the past form of regular verbs from a word search and play a true or false game using the facts. The students are divided into two groups (A and B) and each student is given a corresponding worksheet. The students begin by finding the past form of ten regular verbs in a word search. When the students have found all ten verbs, they complete true and false facts on the worksheet with the correct verb in its past tense form. Afterwards, the answers are checked with each group and the -ed sound of each verb is reviewed. Next, the students pair up with someone from the other group. The students then take it in turns to read the interesting facts on the worksheet to their partner, paying close attention to the pronunciation of the -ed sounds. Their partner then tries to guess if each fact is true or false. For each correct guess, students score a point. The student with the most points at the end of the game wins.
 
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