Irregular Past Verbs-1-2-3

Here’s a quick game to review irregular past verbs.

Common Core State Standards

This game can address the following Common Core Standards:  CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.L.2.1.D, L.3.1.D

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One Magnetic Spinner

You need one magnetic spinner*.

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Setting Up the Game:

I start off by having the campers brainstorm a list of irregular past verbs.  Explain that these are verbs that DO NOT end in ED.  I write these words in two columns on the white board (a chalkboard can work just as well).   One column of words is on the far left edge of the board.  The second column is on the far right edge of the board.

List of irregular past verbs

We work together to come up with a long list.

Then, I draw a circle in the middle of the whiteboard, divide it into 8 sections and number the sections 3-10

write 3-10 irregular past verbs

For smaller groups (up to 8) I divide the large whiteboard into 4 sections.  A pair is assigned to each section.

For larger groups, (or if I don’t have a large whiteboard or chalkboard), I divide the group into pairs.  I give each pair a small white board, dry erase marker and a sock to serve as an eraser.  You can purchase a class pack on Amazon*.


One camper spins a number.  Then, one partner from each pair has to list that many irregular past verbs.

students write irregular past verbs  students write irregular past verbs

Once they’ve completed their list, campers don’t say anything.  They just hold up their white board so I can see it.

I check to make sure each word is spelled correctly (since they’re written on the board to see!).

If I see one word that is not, I hold up 1 finger, two words, 2 fingers etc.

The camper then goes back and fixes any mistakes.  If (or when) all the words are correct, I give a thumbs up and the child puts a tally on his/her board for each word that he/she has written correctly.

Continue play until everyone has had a turn to spin or your allotted time has run out!

Print the Instructions

Here are the instructions for you to print out and use.

Writing Prompts

This game goes great after writing any Fantasy, Science Fiction or Personal Narrative story since the story will be told in past tense.  My students played this game after the following prompts:

A Serval’s Personal Narrative

Exploration- An Imaginary Personal Narrative

Regular Past Verbs that End in ED

If you’d like to focus on past verbs that end in ED check out the 4 levels of games to practice them!