Lesson Planning of Simple Past Tense


Lesson Planning of Simple Past Tense

Subject English

Grade V

Students` Learning Out comes

  • Illustrate the use of tenses, (simple present and continuous, simple past and continuous and simple future tense) previously learnt in their speech and writing.

Information for Teachers

  • In this plan, only simple future tense is discussed. Other parts of this SLO are covered for formation of the simple future tense:

Subject +  2nd form of the verb +object

I, We


He, She, It, they, You+ SS, PS

Went to go school yesterday.

Simple Past Tense

  • This tense tells the intentions of people what they did in the past. We use the past tense when we want to talk about past actions and happenings.

Simple Past Tense

  • To clarify the concept of the past tense, add the previous time in the sentence. For example:
  • ‘Yesterday, bygone, last day, foretime, not long ago, recently, previous day, previous week, previous month, previous year, ago, since, before, later, gone, back and earlier.

Simple Past Tense

  • The simple Past Tense of regular verbs is formed by the ending –d or –ed, as; I went to school yesterday. The speaker completed his/her action of going to school, so here, you use the verb ‘go’ in the simple past tense.

Material/ Resources

Writing board, chalk/marker, duster, textbook


  • Write the heading “Simple Past Tense” on the writing board and ask the students such questions: as;
  1. What is past tense?
  2. Which helping verbs are used in it?
  3. Which form of verb is used in simple past tense?
  • Write responses of the students on the writing board.
  • Give students more examples of simple past tense.
  1. I called her yesterday.
  2. We met the previous week.
  3. They went to the market.
  4. He did this work.
  • Tell the students the use of form of verb in past tense.

I, We

2nd form of verb

He, She, It, they, You+ SS, PS

2nd  form of verb

  • Tell the students the use of negative and interrogative form in simple past by giving examples as;
  1. ‘I did not waste my time’
  2. ‘Ahmad did not fly to Karachi’
  • The formation of negative sentences in the Simple Past Tense is; as;

Subject +  did (Auxiliary verb) +1st form of verb +Object


  • Example: as;
  1. Ahmad did not fly to Karachi.
  • The formation of the interrogative sentences in the Simple Past Tense is: as;

Did (Auxiliary Verb) + Subject + 1st form of the verb + object?

  • Example: as;
  1. Did Ahmad fly to Karachi?


Activity 1

  • Divide the class into pairs.
  • Each pair will write a paragraph with the following paragraph starter: as;
  1. I went to Karachi previous month………
  • Tell students to use the following phrases: as;

Pack my bag, iron my cloth, take shower, get ready, buy a ticket, attend a wedding in Karachi, and take a ride to the railway station.

  • After students have finished their work, ask them to check their work by following the rules of simple past tense.
  • Take the oral feedback of paragraphs from students and appreciate their effort.

Activity 2

  • Ask students to write a paragraph (5-6 lines) about what they did when they got up early in the morning.
  • Ask the students: as;
  1. How did you spent your morning time ?
  2. What did you study?
  3. What kind of books did you read?
  4. What kind of television programme did you watch?

Sum up/ Conclusion

  • Repeat the usage of Auxiliary verb in past tense.


  • Change the following sentences into negative and interrogative sentences: as;
  1. I went to school yesterday.
  2. Ahmad ate the cake.
  3. They came to the party.
  4. You cooked the dinner.
  5. We met at the park a long ago.
  • Involve the students in solving the exercises given at the end of unit/chapter of the textbook.

Follow up

  • Ask the students to write ten sentences about what they did at previous Sunday.



Leave a Comment