Simple Past Tense Lesson Plan

Instructor: Bethany Calderwood

Bethany has taught special education in grades PK-5 and has a master's degree in special education.

This lesson plan reviews verbs and teaches the simple past tense. The plan includes a video, group activities, reading exercises, and a writing assignment.

Lesson Objectives

As a result of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • define simple past tense.
  • write verbs in the simple past tense.


  • 1-2 hours

Curriculum Standards


Form and use the simple (e.g., I walked; I walk; I will walk) verb tenses.


  • Access to video lesson What is Simple Past Tense? - Definition & Examples and accompanying quiz
  • Set of sentence cards including some sentences written in past, present, and future tenses but without specific time indicators (such as yesterday, next week, etc.)
  • Small ball
  • Dictionaries, one dictionary entry with an irregular verb enlarged to show students how to find verb tense in a dictionary entry
  • Copies of an article of your choice
  • Brief story (one paragraph) written in the present tense

To unlock this lesson you must be a Member.
Create your account

Register to view this lesson

Are you a student or a teacher?

Unlock Your Education

See for yourself why 30 million people use

Become a member and start learning now.
Become a Member  Back
What teachers are saying about
Try it risk-free for 30 days

Earning College Credit

Did you know… We have over 200 college courses that prepare you to earn credit by exam that is accepted by over 1,500 colleges and universities. You can test out of the first two years of college and save thousands off your degree. Anyone can earn credit-by-exam regardless of age or education level.

To learn more, visit our Earning Credit Page

Transferring credit to the school of your choice

Not sure what college you want to attend yet? has thousands of articles about every imaginable degree, area of study and career path that can help you find the school that's right for you.

Create an account to start this course today
Try it risk-free for 30 days!
Create an account