Past Continuous/Progressive

The Alibis

This is a very simple version of the alibis game. For a more complex version, I recommend checking out this site, onestopenglish.

alibis-for-a-crime

What was happening before the accident occurred?

Students look at a picture of a street and then are told that an accident occurred an hour later.

what-was-happening-before-the-accident

Telling Stories

Students are given the first line of a story and must complete it in the past continuous. Then they recount things that were happening in their life at a certain moment, for example, when they got home yesterday.

telling-a-story

Charades

This is the basic version of charades using the past continuous.

charades

Past Simple and Continuous

A worksheet using both tenses. Students will use the words “when” and “before.”

simple-past-and-past-continuous-worksheet

What were you doing at X time?

Students are given a list of times and then asked to say what they were doing at those times. The other students will call their bluff.

what-were-you-doing-at-x-time

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