- To introduce the activity, ask students to think about what they would like for Christmas. As kids, did they write their letters to Santa or to the Three Wise Men? What kind of things do children usually ask for in their letters?
- Give students the Dear Santa worksheet and ask them to read through the text quickly to find out what the writer asked for Christmas when she was a kid. (Answer: she asked for a little sister).
- Now ask the students to complete the text with the past simple form of the verbs in the box. Warn them that the verbs are not in order and that some verbs are regular and some irregular and some verbs are used more than once.
- With stronger groups, you can ask the students to fold the box over so they can’t see the verbs.
- For weaker students you could do a practice activity to make sure they get the past simple forms right before using them to fill in the gaps in the text. Ask them to write a chart like this one in their notebooks:
REGULAR VERBS IRREGULAR VERBS INFINITIVE PAST SIMPLE INFINITIVE PAST SIMPLE happen happened find found
They will be classifying the verbs into two groups and this will help them notice the difference between regular and irregular verbs.
- Once the students are finished, correct the activity as a class, drawing attention to the pronunciation of –ed endings and of irregular verbs.
- Follow-up questions:
– Did they find the text interesting?
– Has something similar ever happened to them or to someone they know?
– What did they used to ask for in their letter to Santa/the Three Wise Men when they were little?
1 found; 2 happened; 3 was; 4 was; 5 was; 6 asked; 7 wanted; 8 gave; 9 left; 10 started; 11 was; 12 told; 13 said; 14 made; 15 wanted; 16 told; 17 understood; 18 got; 19 knew; 20 got; 21 loved