Irregular Simple Past- Pronunciation and Storytelling

Level: Intermediate

Topic: General

Grammar Topic: Past Simple

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Irregular Simple Past Pronunciation and Storytelling
Teacher’s instructions
Cut up one set of cards per group of two to four students. There are two games, which can 
be played with either of the two games going first:

Students take turns continuing a story (perhaps starting with a line that you give them) 
with the verbs there until all of them are finished, they finish the story or they give up. 

Students work together to put the verbs into columns by their Simple Past vowel 
sound. To help them, you can tell them that one vowel sound has just one example, 
the next vowel sound has two examples etc, all the way up to eight for the vowel 
sound with most examples. They can then go onto play a Snap or Pelmanism game. 

Students who already know the language quite well can try just with the version in the 
infinitive, perhaps using version already in the Simple Past to help them check their 
answers. You could also give out uncut-up copies of the worksheets for students to check 
their answers with (the verbs are in categories on the worksheets). 
Cards to be cut up – Already in Simple Past version

ate

fell

broke

made

felt

chose

came

went

rode

gave

slept

spoke

paid

left

stole

became

met

woke

read

wrote

said

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

caught

ran

fought

sang

saw

sat

thought

swam

drank

found

flew

got

grew

lost

knew

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

Cards to be cut up – Not yet in Simple Past version

eat

fall

break

make

feel

choose

come

go

ride

give

sleep

speak

pay

leave

steal

become

meet

wake

read

write

say

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012

catch

run

fight

sing

see

sit

think

swim

drink

find

fly

get

grow

lose

know

Written by Alex Case for UsingEnglish.com © 2012