Guess the Past Time Game

A LESSON PLAN FOR ENGLISH LANGUAGE TEACHERS

Level: Beginner
Topic: Time
Grammar Topic: Past Simple
Type: Lesson Plans
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Published: 17th Feb 2013

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Guess the Past Time Game
Take or choose one of the cards below and explain things at that time until your partner 
guesses. Only show them the whole list if they get stuck. 

last year (= 2011)

the day before yesterday before 

breakfast

the day before yesterday after dinner

when I was three

in 2005

last month

two months ago

in August

in the autumn

on New Year’s Day (= 1 January this 

year)

on Christmas Day (= 25 December 

last year)

on Valentine’s Day (= 14 February)

when I was five

yesterday evening

yesterday afternoon

yesterday morning

on my birthday

on my mum’s birthday

before I came here today

at my school’s sports day

100 years ago

1000 years ago

1,000,000 years ago

last Christmas

Useful phrases
“Yes, but you need to be more precise/ more detail”/ “Yes, but when?”
“No, (much/ quite a lot/ a bit) earlier/ later”
“I first/ last      then”
“I            once/ twice/ a couple of times/ a few times/ many times then” 
“I wanted to/ tried to       then but I couldn't”

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2013

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