LESSON PLAN: What did you do yesterday? FOCUS: Past simple MAIN OBJECTIVES MATERIALS NEEDED
TIME: 45 – 50 minutes LEVEL: High Beginner
After this lesson, students will be able to ask and answer the question “What did you do yesterday?” ‘Lucy and Michael’ worksheet, ‘Jack’s day’ worksheet, ‘Questionnaire’ worksheet, ‘Correct sentence’ worksheet (These are all available to download from the site.)
Practice positive, negative and question forms in the past simple.
WARM-UP ACTIVITY (5 mins)
On the board write: saw got up played bought rode gave went had ran did ate
Divide the students into groups, standing at the back of the classroom. Give each group a different coloured board marker/piece of chalk. Tell the students that when you say a verb in its infinitive, one person from each team must run to the board and circle the same verb in its past simple form. The first person to circle the correct verb gets a point for their team. The winner is the team with the most points when all the words have been circled.
PRESENTATION (5-10 mins)
On the board write: I play football Yesterday I’m playing football I played football Ask students which ending is correct. Explain that we use the past simple when talking about things which we did yesterday or in the past. On the board write: Yesterday I played football. I _____ television.
I play football. I watch television.
Ask students what the missing word is. Ask students to put two or three other sentences into the past simple until you are sure they get the idea. On the board write:
I played football. I watched television.
I didn’t play football. I didn’t watch television.
Read what is written on the board, shaking your head when reading the negative sentences to indicate that these things did not happen. On the board write:
I read a book. I bought an ice cream. I saw my friend.
I didn’t ______ read a book. I ______ buy an ice cream....
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