Past Tense Regular Verbs - Games, ESL Activities and Worksheets

- ed Sounds and Spelling Game

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Spelling and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this rewarding past tense regular verbs game, students pronounce and spell the past tense form of regular verbs. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each student 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 scores 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 is 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, review the -ed pronunciations with the class.
 

-ed Sounds Worksheet

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Activity - Reading, Writing and Pronunciation - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

Here is an entertaining free past tense regular verbs worksheet to help students practice -ed sounds. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by completing a conversation with regular verbs from a box on the worksheet in the past tense. Afterwards, divide the students 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.
 

Past Tense Regular Verbs Connect 4

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Reading, Listening and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 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. Divide the students into groups of three. Two students play the game and one student judges the players' answers. Give the two players a copy of game board 1 and the student acting as judge 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 a 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. Afterwards, give each group a copy of game board 2 and the students swap roles, giving the student who acted as judge a chance to play.
 

Past Tense Regular Verbs Worksheet

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Worksheet - Reading, Writing and Pronunciation Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

This past tense regular verbs worksheet helps students learn and practice the -ed pronunciation of 12 common verbs. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Students begin by writing verbs underneath matching pictures in their past tense form. Students then sort the verbs into the correct column, according to their -ed pronunciation. Next, students complete past simple sentences with the verbs. After the answers have been checked, the students practice reading the sentences using the correct -ed pronunciation. Lastly, students match past tense regular verbs that have the same -ed pronunciation.
 

Three-in-a-row

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Listening, Speaking & Pronunciation Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

This engaging past tense regular verbs game is useful for reviewing -ed pronunciation and the past simple. Divide the students into pairs (A and B) and give each pair 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 who gets the most rows of three is the winner.
 

True or False?

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Game - Reading, Writing & Pronunciation Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this free 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. Divide the students into two groups (A and B) and give each student 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, check the answers with each group and review the -ed sound of each verb. 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.
 

Too good to be true!

ESL Past Tense Regular Verbs Board Game - Speaking & Pronunciation Activity - Low intermediate (B1) - 30 minutes

In this fun past simple regular verbs board game, students review the pronunciation of past tense regular verbs by giving real or fake answers in a true or false game. Give each group of three or four a copy of the game board, a set of true or false cards, a dice and counters. Students shuffle the cards and place them face down in a pile next to the game board. The players then take it in turns to roll the dice and move their counter along the board. When a player lands on a square, they pick up a true or false card from the pile and look at it, without showing it to anyone. The player then talks about the topic on the square in the past simple using the correct pronunciation of the regular verb, giving either true or false information as indicated on the card. When the player has finished talking, the other students guess whether the player's answer is true or false. The player then reveals the answer. The students who guessed correctly each score one point. Then, the next player rolls the dice and so on. When a player reaches the finish, the game ends and the students add up their points. The student with the most points wins the game. This game can also be played without the true or false element. In this version, when a player lands on a square, they talk about the topic on the square for one minute without stopping. If a player can't think of anything to say, makes a grammar mistake, mispronounces a past tense regular verb or stops talking before the time is up, they move back to their previous square or miss a turn. The first student to reach the finish wins the game.
 
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