Can we ever really practice the preterit tense enough?
The first period of the week that I see my Spanish 3 and 4 students, I have them answer 5 questions about their weekend. Since beginning this, I have found students are much more comfortable with both writing and speaking using the preterit! Plus, they love to talk about themselves, so they usually stay pretty engaged in this activity, even though we do it every week.
This download includes a two-page student handout with space to answer five questions a week for 10 weeks. You can use this convenient resource for up to an entire quarter! In addition, there is a two page teacher guide with optional speaking activities and 25 sample questions in the preterit that I use with my own students.