Into the Past

Stefanie Simmons - author of the lesson   Stefanie I September 24, 2022
General English, Speaking Lessons
Life Stages
A1 Beginner
Past Simple
Grammar, Speaking, Vocabulary
Lesson ID
Lesson Time
45 minutes
English lesson slide for adults discussing childhood memories and activities, highlighting the past simple tense.

Lesson Overview

Let’s take a trip down memory lane! In this lesson, students will discuss their childhood and things they did in the past. This lesson features audio of a person talking about past events. Students will also learn and practice the past simple tense and vocabulary relating to this topic. This lesson includes plenty of engaging discussion activities and worksheets that have been developed for adults and teenagers.

Lesson Objectives

  • Grammar: Learners will understand and practice the past simple tense to talk about past events, habits, and states. This includes forming affirmative and negative sentences, as well as asking questions in the past simple tense. Examples from the lesson include verbs like "lived," "wanted," "took," "spent," "read," "felt," "wore," "slept," "helped," and "rode."

  • Listening: By listening to an audio clip of a person recounting childhood experiences, students will practice their listening comprehension skills. They will be tasked with identifying the sequence of topics discussed and filling in blanks with specific details from the audio, such as activities on a farm, moving for work, and the first job experiences.

  • Speaking: Students will engage in various speaking activities, including discussing their childhood memories, past habits, and events. This will involve completing sentences with past simple verbs that are true for themselves, discussing changes over time (from childhood to adulthood), and sharing personal experiences related to the topics introduced in the lesson plan and audio.

  • Vocabulary: Vocabulary related to childhood, past activities, and simple past tense verbs will be introduced and practiced. This includes words like "toys," "pets," "pictures," "clothes," "friends," "school," "vacation," "farm," "cousins," "tent," "workers," "horses," "mall," "houses," and "clinic." These words will be used in various activities to describe past events and experiences.

  • Homework: Tasks will reinforce the lesson's objectives, focusing on the past simple tense, vocabulary related to childhood and past events, and forming questions in the past simple tense. Students will choose correct options in sentences, write past tense forms of verbs, match questions to answers, and correct mistakes in sentences. This practice aims to solidify their understanding and application of the past simple tense and the lesson's vocabulary.


Listen to the audio to hear about fun on the farm! Some individuals are small-town folk, while others are big-city people. A girl learns not to care about money and focuses on what she loves most.

Audio Transcript

Vocabulary and Pronunciation

staff [noun]: the people who work for an organization or company
competition [noun]: an activity, event, or contest where people or teams try to win or be more successful than another person or team
clinic [noun]: a building or part of a hospital where people go for medical care or advice, usually for non-emergency care
equipment [noun]: the set of tools, outfit, etc., needed for a particular activity or purpose
graduation [noun]: the completion of a course of study at university, college, or school, for which you receive a degree or diploma
quiz [noun]: a game or competition in which you answer questions
comic book [noun]: a magazine or book with a set of stories told in pictures with a small amount of text
vet [noun]: a person with a medical degree trained to take care of the health of animals
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