Spanish Past Tense Activities

The Spanish Past Tense can take months to teach. The following activities can supplement your teaching material.

This part is divided into three different parts: 1)Preterit Tense Conjugations 2) Imperfect Tense Conjugations 3) Preterit vs Imperfect.

1) Preterit Tense (including the irregulars):

Hopefully students have a strong understanding of conjugating verbs by learning how to do it in the present tense. What you teach them here will only add to what they already know. Here is a great start for teaching preterit tense conjugations:

This Spanish Preterite Tense PowerPoint presentation teaches the regular Preterit Tense Conjugations (El Pretérito). With it's interesting images students can stay engaged as they learn how to conjugate this regular verbs in the past tense. This 34 slide Power Point includes an assessment to test student understanding.

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Once students start getting a hang of conjugating in the past tense throw in this survey activity to help using the verbs in context.

This real-life survey activity helps students use the preterit tense in context with their classmates. After creating questions and asking their classmates, students write down the results for you to see. They end up using all the forms (except VOSOTROS) by the end of the activity. Students love practicing with this survey.

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Supplement with the following video:

Now it’s time to start with the irregular preterit. This is probably one of the hardest conjugations to teach and learn since there are so many irregulars. The following Power Point teaches most of them very thoroughly.

This Spanish Irregular Preterite PowerPoint is quite possibly the most thorough Power Point on the Spanish irregular preterit (El Pretérito) conjugations. This Power Point goes through the following verbs, their conjugations and rules:

  • "I" verbs: Hacer, Venir, Querer
  • "U" verbs: Poner, Poder, Saber
  • "UV" verbs: Andar, Tener, Estar
  • "J" verbs: Traer, Decir
  • Dar/Ver
  • Ir/Ser
  • Car/Gar/Zar
  • I to Y sandal verbs: Destruir, Leer
  • E to I sandal verbs: Pedir, Sentir
  • O to U sandal verbs: Dormir, Morir

You can go through each section a day at a time or as a whole to review the irregular preterit. Throughout the presentation you will find quick assessments to help with pacing.  At the end of this 117 slide Power Point there is a 20 question assessment reviewing all the verbs.

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This PowerPoint uses the Inductive Method of teaching. This is where students are given several different examples of the Spanish Formal vs Informal using phrases and images. Students then determine what the differences are and create their own rules. This engages the student more in the presentation and helps them remember the material better since they are taking part in the learning themselves.

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Assess student understanding with the irregular preterit worksheet:

This 2-page Spanish Irregular Preterite Worksheet goes through the common irregular preterit conjugations in different ways helping the student better understand how to conjugate them. The following verbs are included:

  • “I” verbs: Hacer, Venir, Querer
  • “U” verbs: Poner, Poder, Saber
  • “UV” verbs: Andar, Tener, Estar
  • “J” verbs: Traer, Decir
  • Dar/Ver
  • Ir/Ser
  • Car/Gar/Zar
  • I to Y sandal verbs: Destruir, Leer
  • E to I sandal verbs: Pedir, Sentir
  • O to U sandal verbs: Dormir, Morir

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The following is not a worksheet but just a guide for conjugating the irregular preterit:

The Spanish irregular preterit tense (El Pretérito) is quite possibly the most difficult tense to conjugate. Students (and teachers) can use this cheat sheet to help study all the conjugations of the irregular preterit.  This is not a worksheet but just an organized study guide.

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This is a great video and song to help with some of the irregulars:

 

2) Imperfect Tense Conjugations

Students will love this after learning the preterit tense with all their irregulars.

This Spanish Imperfect PowerPoint is a simple presentation that goes through the conjugations of the Imperfect tense (El Imperfecto). Includes the 3 irregulars and assessments throughout. 27 slides!

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This PowerPoint uses the Inductive Method of teaching. This is where students are given several different examples of the Spanish Formal vs Informal using phrases and images. Students then determine what the differences are and create their own rules. This engages the student more in the presentation and helps them remember the material better since they are taking part in the learning themselves.

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3) Preterit vs Imperfect

This is yet another concept that has plaque Spanish students for years. Here is a worksheet to help you in your quest to teach it:

This 2-page Spanish Preterite vs Imperfect Worksheet uses both English and Spanish to help students understand the different uses between the Spanish Preterit and Imperfect tense along with their conjugations. Students should have a basic understanding already of the different uses between the two tenses.

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These videos are pretty good: