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Past Tense Talk
Irregular Verb Cards - Pelmanism

bring brought sing sang

buy bought sleep slept

dream dreamt spend spent

fall fell stand stood

feel felt think thought

fly flew read read

lose lost run ran

teach taught wear wore ©20I5 Permission granted to reproduce for classroom use.

Past Tense Talk
Write short answers to the following statements. Write your answers in a random
order in the squares below.

 something you brought to class today

 something you bought yesterday
 what you dreamt about last night
 the last time you fell in love
 how you felt at the beginning of the lesson
 the last time you flew somewhere
 the last thing you lost
 something your teacher taught you last lesson
 the last time you sang
 the last time you slept for less than six hours
 how much money you spent yesterday
 the last time you stood somewhere for a long time
 something you thought was frightening when you were a child
 the last book you read
 the last time you ran more than 100 meters
 something you wore last weekend that you really like


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Past Tense Talk
In this productive teaching activity, students match present and past tense irregular verbs.
Students also practice asking and answering past simple questions using the verbs.

Before class, make one copy of the pelmanism cards for each pair of students and one copy
of the past tense talk worksheet for each student.


Begin with the irregular verb pelmanism game.

Divide the students into pairs and give each pair a set of cards. Tell them to shuffle the cards
and spread them out in front of them face down.

The students take it in turns to turn over two cards. If they turn over a matching present and
past tense irregular verb, they keep the cards as a 'trick' and have another turn.

If the cards do not match, they put them back in the same place.

The activity continues until all the cards have been matched. The student with the most
tricks is the winner.

Next, give each student a copy of the past tense talk worksheet.

Tell the students to write short answers to the statements. Make sure they write their
answers in the squares in a random order. They should write single words or short phrases,
not complete sentences.

When the students have finished writing, they cut the worksheet as indicated.

Students then work with a new partner.

The students swap their answer sheets and take it in turns to guess why their partner has
written the words or phrases in the squares. They do this by asking and answering past
simple questions.


Student A has written the word 'bag' in one of the squares.

Student B: Did you bring a bag to class today?
Student A: No, I didn't.
Student B: Did you buy a bag yesterday?
Student A: Yes, I did. I bought a new sports bag.

Once the word or phrase has been guessed correctly, it can be crossed off.

Encourage the students to explain their answers and to find out more information by asking
suitable follow-up questions.

Finally, students report back to the class on the most interesting things they found out about
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