This is an original rhyming poem composed entirely of irregular verbs and their simple past. The poem is nine verses long and each verse contains 8 irregular verbs for a total of 72. Also included is a version with numbered verses, and a version in which students must fill in the blanks with the proper past tense form. (The rhymes will assist them.)
The verbs are: bite, bleed, blow, break, bring, build, buy, catch, come, cost, deal, dig, do, draw, drink, drive, eat, fall, feed, feel, fight, find, fly, freeze, get, give, go, grow, have, hide, keep, know, lay, lead, lend, let, light, lose, make, mean, meet, pay, put, read, ride, ring, run, say, see, send, shake, sing, sit, sleep, speak, spend, spin, stand, steal, stick sting, strike, swim, take, teach, tear, tell think, throw, wake, wear, win.
Tips: Give students one or two verses to study. Then have partner A use the poem to read all the present tense verbs and partner B fill in the irregular past tense from memory. Or, have students practice keeping a clapping/tapping pattern and reading the poem together. Then the teacher can read the present tense while students chorally chime in with the irregular past tense while keeping the beat.
This poem is useful for English Language Learners, or for grammar lessons.