Past Simple Yes/No Questions ESL Activities, Games and Worksheets

Did you...?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this fun free past simple yes/no questions activity, students practice asking and answering questions with 'Did you...?' Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, students write down a past simple yes/no question for each sentence on their worksheet. When the students have finished, check the questions with the class. The students then find one person who did each of the things shown on the worksheet and write his or her name at the start of the corresponding sentence. They do this by moving around the classroom asking each other the questions. When a student receives a 'Yes, I did' answer, the student writes the respondent’s name at the start of the corresponding sentence. Students should also ask at least one past simple 'Wh' follow-up question before moving on to speak to someone else. When the students have finished, they share their findings with the class.
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Last Week

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Activity - Writing, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 30 minutes

In this past simple 'Find someone who' activity, students ask and answer 'Did you...?' questions about what they did last week. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by going through the items on the worksheet and practicing the past simple yes/no questions they need to do the activity, e.g. 'Did you buy some chocolate last week?' The students then go around the classroom asking past simple yes/no questions to their classmates about what they did last week. When a student finds someone who answers 'Yes, I did', they write the person's name down on their worksheet and ask a past simple 'Wh' follow-up question, e.g. 'What kind of chocolate did you buy?' When everyone has finished, the students give feedback to the rest of the class on what they found out.
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What did you do last night?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this free past simple yes/no questions game, students guess what their classmates did last night by asking questions with 'Did you...?' Give each group of four a set of picture cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the table. Students take it in turns to pick up a card, without showing it to anyone. The picture on the card shows what the student did last night. The other students then race to guess what the student did last night by asking him or her past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you watch TV last night?' 'Did you hang out with friends last night?' Etc. The student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. The first student to ask the right question keeps the card. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Where did I see you?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this past simple yes/no questions game, students ask and answer 'Did you...?' questions in order to find out where they saw other people yesterday. Divide the students into groups of six and give each group member a card. The cards show what each student did yesterday. At some point yesterday, each student saw the other members of the group. The aim of the game is for each student to work out where he or she saw the other group members. To do this, students use the information on their card to ask past simple yes/no questions to each other until they find a place that they both have in common, e.g. 'Did you go to Luigi’s restaurant yesterday?' Students respond with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't', according to the information on their card. When a student finds a place they have in common with another student, they write the other person’s name next to the place on their card. The first group to work out where everyone saw everyone else wins the game.
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Who did the same?

ESL Past Simple 'Did you...?' Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 20 minutes

In this rewarding past simple yes/no questions activity, students find someone who did exactly the same things as them yesterday by asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' Divide the students into two equal groups. Give each student in one group a card and give a duplicate card to each student in the other group. The students read the sentences on their card. The card shows what they did yesterday. The students' task is to find someone who did exactly the same as them. All six activities must be the same for a match. The students do this by walking round the class asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you go to the park yesterday?' When a student finds someone who did exactly the same as them, they write the person's name on the card and sit down with their matching partner. When a pair of students sits down, check their cards to make sure they are the same. The activity continues until all the students have found their match.
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Who did what?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Elementary (A1-A2) - 25 minutes

In this engaging past simple yes/no questions activity, students make guesses about things their classmates did recently. The students then find out if their guesses are right or wrong by asking past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' Give each student a copy of the worksheet. The students begin by guessing which of their classmates did the things on the worksheet. Students then complete sentences on their worksheet by writing the names of their classmates in the spaces, e.g. 'Kim got up before seven o’clock this morning.' When the students have completed the sentences, they find out if their guesses are right or wrong. They do this by walking around the class asking past simple yes/no questions to the people they wrote on their worksheet, e.g. 'Kim, did you get up before seven o’clock this morning?' If a classmate responds ‘Yes, I did’, the student puts a tick in the box next to the sentence. If a classmate replies ‘No, I didn’t’, the student puts a cross. The student with the most correct guesses is the winner.
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Past Simple Yes/No Questions

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Worksheet - Reading and Writing Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 25 minutes

In this printable holiday-themed worksheet, students practice past simple yes/no questions and short answers with 'did', 'was' and 'were'. Give each student a copy of the two-page worksheet. Students start by matching short answers with past simple yes/no questions. Next, students identify mistakes in past simple yes/no questions. Students put a tick next to the questions that are correct and a cross next to the questions that contain mistakes. Students then rewrite the incorrect questions to make them correct. After that, students complete past simple yes/no questions with words from a box. In the last exercise, students read each statement someone makes about their holiday. Then, they write the past simple yes/no question the speaker asks another person.
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Interactive Version - In this past simple yes/no questions interactive worksheet, students complete various exercises to practice past simple yes/no questions and short answers with 'did', 'was' and 'were'.

 

What did I do?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Game - Writing and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this entertaining past simple yes/no questions game, students use 'Did you...?' questions to find out what people did at different times in the past. Give each group of three or four a set of verb cards. The students shuffle the cards and deal them out evenly. Working alone, students look at the verb on each card and write the past simple form underneath the verb. The students then think of a time in the past when they did the action and write the time expression on the card, e.g. yesterday. When they have finished, the students put their cards face down in a pile in front of them. Students take it in turns to turn over a card from their pile and show it to the other students. The other students then race to guess what the student did by asking past simple yes/no questions using the verb and time written on the card, e.g. 'Did you write an email yesterday?' The student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. The first student to ask the right question keeps the card. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The student with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Where did you go?

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 35 minutes

In this free past simple yes/no questions activity, students play a guessing game where they ask a classmate 'Did you...?' questions in order to find out where they went. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Next, divide each group into teams of two (Team A and B). One student from Team A starts by taking a card from the top of the pile. The card shows where the student went. Team B then tries to find out where the student went by asking them past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' For example, 'Did you watch a movie?' 'Did you buy a phone?' 'Did you go swimming?' Etc. The student replies accordingly with 'Yes, I did' or 'No, I didn't'. If the student replies 'Yes, I did', Team B says the name of the place they think the student went or asks another past simple yes/no question for confirmation. If Team B guesses correctly, they win the card. Team B can ask a maximum of ten questions per card. If they don't find out where the student went after ten questions, the card is put back at the bottom of the pile. Then, a student from Team B takes a card and it's Team A's turn to ask the questions. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most cards at the end of the game wins.
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Yes, I did.

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Game - Listening and Speaking Activity - Pre-intermediate (A2) - 30 minutes

In this amusing past simple yes/no questions activity, students play a true or false guessing game where they ask and answer past simple 'Wh' and yes/no questions. Give each group of four a set of cards, which they shuffle and place face down in a pile on the desk. Then, divide each group into teams of two (Team A and B). A student from Team A picks up the top card from the pile. The student makes a past simple yes/no question from the prompt on the card and asks the question to one of the players in Team B, e.g. 'Did you play a sport last week?' The chosen player from Team B answers 'Yes, I did', regardless of whether it’s true or not. Team A then asks three past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions to the player. After the player has answered the three questions, Team A decides if the player’s answer is true or false. The player then reveals the truth. If Team A is correct, they score a point. The teams then swap roles. This process continues until all the cards have been used. The team with the most points at the end of the game wins.
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Speech Bubbles

ESL Past Simple Yes/No Questions Activity - Reading, Listening and Speaking - Intermediate (A2-B1) - 25 minutes

In this past simple yes/no questions activity, students ask 'Did you...?' questions to a partner in order to find out why they wrote certain answers. Give each student a copy of the worksheet. Working alone, the students write short answers for the items on their worksheet in a random order in the speech bubbles. Next, divide the students into pairs and have the students swap worksheets. Students take it in turns to ask past simple yes/no questions with 'Did you...?' in order to find out why their partner has written the words in the speech bubbles. For example, if a student sees the word 'laptop' written in one of the bubbles, the student might ask 'Did you buy a laptop last month?' 'Did you give someone a laptop as a present last year?' Etc. When their partner replies 'Yes, I did', the student puts a tick next to the bubble. The student then asks past simple 'Wh' follow-up questions to find out more information and generate discussion. At the end of the activity, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about their partner.
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