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SUBMITTED BY: Raegina Taylor



GRAMMAR: Past Tense (There is/are was/were...)

EXAMPLE: There were three students.

DATE ADDED: Jun 12, 2008


                                   Large Classes (16-39 Students)Ó


15-30 min.

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Brief Outline: Students remember the placement of objects on a scene while practicing simple past tense verbs.


Materials Needed:

  • WhatsTheDiff worksheet: Cut out the characters and items on A3 size paper and attach magnets the backs.
  • A smaller scenes for each group to use amongst themselves
  • Small cards of objects: I used karuta cards from ES


Detailed Explanation:

  1. Students work in groups of 4 and janken for order of play.
  2. There is a picture on the board of a park. Teachers place items on the board in the scene using the magneted pieces and poster printout.
  3. One group is chosen as the ‘guessing group’ by choosing a number; they turn their backs to the board.
  4. A member from each of the other teams comes up and changes something about the picture.
  5. The ‘guessing group’ turns their backs to the board and formulates sentences according to what has changed.  For example, "There was a cat in the tree."
  6. Points are awarded for each correct sentence.
  7. Give the groups a turn to do this activity in their own groups, but have one person out at a time. Use the small karuta cards and A3 scenes. Students try and remember what was moved in the picture. Students remember how many points they receive.



  • You can play as a whole class for the whole lesson, but students loose interest.


Teaching Suggestions:

  • First review the past tense sentences using the verb 'was'. I did a spot-the-difference activity which worked well.



  • Make sure there is not an overload or too few items.

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