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SUBMITTED BY: Fred De Condappa

BORROWED FROM / INSPIRED BY: Englipedia's JHS Past Tense area


GRAMMAR: Past Tense Verb

EXAMPLE: I cleaned it yesterday.

DATE ADDED: May 12, 2009


20-30 min.
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BRIEF OUTLINE: Students work in pairs, groups or by themselves to put together a puzzle by connecting past tense questions to their appropriate past tense answers.



  •  Gridded worksheet: The worksheet includes a present tense activity AND past tense. The present tense is for the students to form an understanding about the activity before they do the real activity.



  1. Before class, print the attached files and cut into squares. Each student, pair or group should receive a complete set.
  2. The idea of this activity is for the students to match the questions to their appropriate answers.
  3. To explain how this activity works, I usually use math problems. Instead of having questions/answers on the sides of the squares, I write on the board math problems and answers in the form of squares and show the students how the squares sync up via problem/answer. Once they form a basic understanding, I hand out the present tense activity and the students practice putting the grid together.
  4. Finally, I hand out the actual past tense grid for the students to complete.



  • Try adding a timer to the activity.
  • If time allows or if some students/groups finish quickly, have them turn over grid and challenge them to make their own original gridded question/answer past tense puzzle.



  • Depending on the level of the class, have the students work in pairs or by themselves.
  • Make a handout for yourself so that you can check the answers. You may want to make the cards more visible for yourself so you can check them quickly.


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