LESSON PLAN – Regular verbs in simple past
December 2020 – This lesson plan introduces or revises regular verb forms in simple past. It’s target level is A1-A2. The exercises also revise vocabulary linked to ‘restaurants’, a lexical field students are often exposed to even at lower levels while traveling. The short video to watch is the end scene of the animated Disney/Pixar film ‘Ratatouille’. There are also materials included to practice pronunciation of the -ed ending and spelling.
Students are asked to recall as many words as they can linked to ‘restaurant’ (ex. 1). Try to elicit as many lexical items as you can. The words listed on the Teacher’s version are needed in the reading task (ex. 3).
Show the short video to your students and ask them to listen for the meaning ‘Anyone can cook‘ (ex. 2). They don’t need to understand details at this point, they only need to familiarize with the pronunciation of the characters and look for familiar words.
Ask your students to watch the video again. While watching, they need to complete the summary in ex. 3 with 10 missing words. The gaps don’t contain grammar items, only lexical ones. The main function of this exercise is to introduce the grammar to the students.
After feedback, lead your students’ attention to the verb forms. First, they need to underline all verbs in the past (ex. 4), then analyze their forms, also in negative and interrogative sentences (ex.5).
The PRONUNCIATION AND SPELLING session is an external worksheet (an interactive Google Form) with a short video about how to pronounce the -ed ending and two exercises, plus one final exercise to practise the spelling of regular verbs in simple past (ex. 6).
The final grammar practice (ex. 7) is to answer questions using the discussed regular verbs. It is a partly closed task, since students should be encouraged to answer the questions in complete sentences using the simple past forms, but they are free to add any additional details.
The lesson plan finishes with five possible questions/situations to work on in the final conversation-based session (ex. 8). This exercise can be expanded to further questions.
Find below the Student and Teacher version of the worksheet:
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