Lesson Plan Theme: Past Simple

On this page, you will find lessons plans relating to "Past Simple".

Young Learners

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Were You There?

Target Language: Past Simple of the verb "to be", feelings and animals vocabulary, time expressions.
Description: Students begin by being prompted to talk about where they were or where other people were at specific times in the past. Students further practice the past simple of 'to be' while using adjectives to describe emotions and feelings. After a fun rhyming game, there is a guided speaking activity to get students using the past simple of 'to be'.
Duration: 45 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: YL17


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Sally's Interview

Target Language: Past simple, regular and irregular.
Description: Some work on regulars/irregulars in past simple. Students read about Sally's stressful day yesterday and then reconstruct second half of story using past simple.
Duration: 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1G2
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On Vacation

Target Language: Recognition and pronunciation of Simple Past; vacations.
Description: A look at the pronunciation of the past simple regular form and some work also on recognising regular and irregular forms. After reading about somebody's vacation, student's talk about their own in a card-based game.
Duration: 70 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1G7
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Leaving On A Jet Plane

Target Language: Air travel, Past Simple.
Description: The listening here is a conversation between two friends on a flight from New York to Los Angeles. After an initial discussion about the merits of air travel, the listening exercises are an event re-ordering and a true/false exercise. Some work on past simple forms to finish with.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1L6
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Loved, Liked & Wanted

Target Language: Pronunciation of past simple regular.
Description: A pronunciation lesson more than a speaking one. Works on the pronunciation of regular past simple with the three possible endings.
Duration: approx. 40 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1S1
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A Day On The Beach

Target Language: Past simple verbs \ Question forms \ beach and vacation vocabulary.
Description: Some early holiday/vacation vocabulary work is consolidated later in the lesson with a reading and then students are given the chance to use the new language speaking about going to the beach. And, to finish things off, a game!
Duration: approx. 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1T1
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What's On The Menu Today?

Target Language: Food/menu vocabulary, past simple.
Description: Early part of the lesson focuses on food and menu vocabulary. A reading and a (tough!) logic puzzle to finish with. Grammar Focus: past simple tense.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 1V3


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What Happened?

Target Language: Present Perfect, Past Simple, "just".
Description: Using the marker "just" to talk about the recent past with the use of the present perfect.
Duration: 75 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2G13
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The Inspector Calls

Target Language: Past Simple, Police/Crime Investigation vocabulary.
Description: Listening lesson based on theme of alibis and police investigations. Speaking activities using past simple to talk about sequence of past events.
Duration: 50 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L5
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Images From The Past

Target Language: Describing old photos, talking about family history.
Description: The lesson begins by getting students talking about the elder relatives in their families. The listening involves people talking about vintage photos, with listening comprehension exercises that focus on both detail and gist. The lesson finishes with an open speaking activity.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2L14
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The Mediterranean Mermaid

Target Language: Time markers, there is/there are review.
Description: Following the sometimes painful adventures of two honeymooners and their letters home. Focus on time markers such as then, after, afterwards, before, as soon as, etc.
Duration: 60 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: 2R2


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Place An Order

Target Language: Past simple, "did" auxilary.
Description: Uses the context of a mistaken order to review the formation of the past simple tense. There is also some work on the vocabulary of orders/invoices.
Duration: 55 minutes. Lesson Plan Code: B1G3

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