Past Continuous and Past Simple – Board Game
One of the hardest things for my students to retain was always combining the past continuous and past simple. After a while, I felt like I cracked the code for teaching the theory, but I never found a great activity to help my students retain the information. So, I made one. I am happy to present this Past Continuous and Past Simple Board Game, which I think will do wonders for you and your students!
This activity was designed for the online teacher, but works great as a printable, too!
- Display the board and share your screen. Use whatever whiteboard tools you have to create playing tokens. Students play individually.
- Use a real or virtual die to begin play. Students move their tokens the number of spaces they roll.
- When students land on a space, they are presented two words. They must use each word in two different actions – one using the present continuous and the other the past simple (these words might be verbs or nouns) – and combine them correctly to create a grammatically correct sentence.*
- If they do this correctly, their token stays at this space. If not, they go back to where they began their turn. Feel free to ask your students for multiple variants of the same sentence!
*To help your students really retain this knowledge, think about making them give you all 4 combinations.
I was cleaning my room when I found my earphones.
I found my earphones while I was cleaning my room.
While I was cleaning my room, I found my earphones.
When I found my earphones, I was cleaning my room.
To complete this activity, students should already know the structures.
Included in the top left of the PDF is a small review of how to combine past continuous and past simple.
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