What were you doing...? A Past Continuous Tense Cover Up Game

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Description

The past continuous tense follows a fairly easy pattern, but my students still like to get a lot of practice using it. In this cover up game students practice speaking in the past continuous tense as they strive to be the first to cover all of the squares on their game board.

Set Up:

1. Print a copy of the game board for each student. I recommend laminating it for future use.

2. Gather materials not included in this download:

a 12 sided die for every two students

(or use 2 six sided dice for every two students, student may choose whether
to roll one or two dice each turn)

12 covers for each student

(I use milk jug lids, a friend of mine uses circle counters, but anything could
work. If the boards are laminated you can use dry erase markers and have
students simply make an X.)

Game Play:

1. Place students in groups of two.

2. Pass out one boards, covers/markers, and dice to students.

3. Student 1 rolls the number cube(s) and finds the corresponding square on his/her board.

4. Student 1 makes a past continuous sentence answering the question “What were you doing…?” and the words on the square. (i.e.: What were you doing yesterday afternoon? I was playing at the park with my sister.)

5. If the sentence is grammatically correct, the student covers the square. If not, the square remains uncovered.

6. Player 2 then takes his/her turn.

7. If a player rolls the number for a previously covered square, the turn is forfeited.

8. Play continues in this manner until one player has completely covered his/her board. That player is the winner.

A digital version of this game is also available.

For more practice with the past continuous tense:

Why in the World?

Past Continuous World History BCE

More Cover Up Games:

Participial Adjective Cover Up

Present Perfect Cover Up

Learn more about this game, and others like it, in the blog post Cover Up Games.

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Standards

to see state-specific standards (only available in the US).
Form and use the progressive (e.g., I was walking; I am walking; I will be walking) verb tenses.
Use verb tense to convey various times, sequences, states, and conditions.

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