Here’s a little board game to help your students review the past simple of the verb To Be. It’s very controlled practice and it can be used as a consolidation stage before moving on to freer practice. First students can play the board game in groups and then they can write their own sentences using “was” and “were”. I designed this mainly with the affirmative form in mind, but you can definitely extend it and have the students come up with the negative or interrogative forms of the sentences on the board.
Worksheets available for download here: Tell Me More & Tell Me More (customizable).
Lately my one-to-ones happened to be focused on question forms and the word order in questions. So what better way of practising these than a worksheet that prompts students to ask me questions starting from some true statements about myself in the attempt of finding out as many details as possible.
e.g. Me: “I have a niece.” Student: “How old is she?”/”What’s her name?”
I think the number of questions and follow-up questions this kind of activity can generate might very well be endless: ). So question away.
I’ve also uploaded a blank sheet (the customizable one) that you can use for your own statements. Alternatively, you can just write one word in each box and have students ask you for details.
If you have any other ideas on how this could be used, I’d be more than happy to read them.