This is the eighth SS for Level 1. To understand this SS student is expected to have a working knowledge upto SS-7. You can confirm their knowledge by taking them through the Level Selector Test.
How to use this SS?
After setting up the class follow these steps:
First, cover the vocabulary section by explaining to the student the meaning of the words in their local language. Ask the students to note down these word meanings in their notebook. The words in the vocabulary section (below) will be used in the table which we will create next.
Now, recreate the table (below) on the black board (you can use fewer words in column 3 to speed it up). After this, make some sentences using the match the following style i.e. choose one word from 1st column then choose an appropriate word from second and then choose the appropriate 3rd column phrase/word. Demonstrate this process to the students and lead them to make few more sentences like this. A few sample sentences made using the table words are given below the table for quick reference.
After this stage students when you feel that students have some clarity about the Table then begin the individual exercises. The exercises can be taught in any order but it is recommended to teach them in the given order. After the exercises move on to the story section. This section is made so that students are able to apply all the sentences taught in this SS in their day to day conversations.
My neighbour Anjali
Her classmate Rakesh
My friends Akash and Venkatesh
in the bathroom
at the market
at the carpenter's shop
at her home
yesterday at 5 pm
3 days back
NOTE: Cover sentences like- I was at the park 'with her' on Sunday.
I was in the bathroom yesterday at 5 pm.
My friends Akash and Venkatesh were not at the market last Sunday.
Her classmate Rakesh was at the carpenter's shop 3 days back.
She was not at her home on Monday.
My uncle was in Hyderabad last year.
I was in Nepal last week.
day before yesterday
Where was her sister last night?
Where were their uncle last Sunday?
Cinema, beach, railway station, restaurant
Where were these people yesterday at 3 o' clock in the afternoon?
Where was the cat at the following times?Answer in the full sentences.
On Thursday morning
5 minutes ago
Travel photographer, story, places, tourists, palaces, people, animals, birds, rivers, lakes, job, historical places, tourists, collection, pictures, mountains
Present tense- travels, clicks, visits, loves
Past tense- traveled, saw
NOTE: This exercise contains the past tense of some verbs other than ‘be’. The past tense of such verbs has not yet been covered so the teacher should explain them separately.
Anushka is a travel photographer. A travel photographer travels to many beautiful places and clicks pictures. Anushka too travels a lot. Two years ago she was in Europe. She travelled to many different countries there and saw many things. Last year she was in America. This year in January she was in Manali. It was cold there. In February she was in Leh. Leh was very beautiful. In March she was in Uttarakhand. There were many other tourists there. In April she was in Kerela. It was hot then. In May she was at home. In June she was in Rajasthan. It was very pleasant. There were many historical places to visit there. This month she is in Assam. She has a big collection of wonderful pictures of palaces, mountains, lakes, rivers, animals, birds and people. She loves her job.
Neha is also a travel photographer like Anushka. Here is her story.
Three years ago she was in Africa. She travelled to many different countries there and saw many things. Last year in January she was in Coorg. It was cold there. In February she was in Shimla. Shimla was very beautiful. In March she was in Orissa. There were many other tourists there. In April she was in Tamil Nadu. It was hot then. In May she was at Madhya Pradesh. In June she was at home. This month she is in Delhi. She too has a big collection of wonderful pictures of palaces, mountains, lakes, rivers, animals, birds and people. She also loves her job.
Where was Neha in the following months last year?
10. Read the table given below and make sentences similar to the ones given in the passage.
Natasha is also a travel photographer like Anushka and Neha.
Cinema, hospital, yoga, class, home, hotel, garden
Study the table below. Then answer the following questions in complete sentences.
at the club with Dia
in the hospital at 8AM
at the cinema at 6PM
at Yoga class with Tanu at 6AM
at home with Alia
at Hotel Blue Ray at 8PM
In English class at 8AM
in the garden at 5PM
at home at night
Example: Where was Roshni on Saturday?
Answer: Roshni was at the cinema at 6pm on Saturday.
Class, t-shirt, full pants, shorts, school trip, dosa, mice, bench
Lying, wearing, talking, was clicked, sitting, making
In each of the following pictures identify the person being talked about. Later complete the table given below.
(NOTE: If you feel the table filling part will be too hard for your students, you may highlight the parts that will answer the where and when question for them as is done in the first sentence as an example.)
In this picture Jay is wearing red shorts. He is not wearing a shirt. He is playing with a ball. This picture is from Jay's school trip to Goa in December 2014.
In this picture Priya is wearing a t-shirt and full pants. She is lying on the floor of the park. She is talking with her best friend Ankit. This picture was clicked yesterday.
In this picture I am sitting on the first bench of my class with Nishant. We are looking at a picture. This picture was clicked five days ago.
This is Raman's picture. Here Raman is making a dosa in the kitchen of his restaurant. This picture was clicked last month.
This picture shows many mice in Ms. Saxena’s kitchen. The picture was taken last Thursday.
Complete the table shown.
Past tense of 'Be'
in Goa/at the beach
in December 2014
Bakery, court, school, hospital, police station, doctor, teacher, judge, policeman, baker, chef
Fill in the blanks in the sentences below using the past tense of the verb 'be' and by choosing the appropriate place of work for each professional from the list given below.
Places of work: bakery, court, school, kitchen, police station, hospital
Write sentences in the simple past tense for each picture.The verbs to be used are was/were only.
Header 1 / 1
Example: He was in school at 3 PM. (Verb+where+when)
They…… (Verb + where (in bed)+ when (last night))
Tarun…… (Verb + where (on the highway)+ when(last Saturday night)
Rajesh……. (Verb+ where+ when(last Thursday))
The children….. (Verb + where + when(yesterday evening))
Tell us about yourself.
A. When were you at the following places? Write in full sentences.
B. Where were you at the following times?
Market, keys, table, (deserted)island, village, concert
Fill in the blanks with was/wasn't/were/weren't.
1. Where ................................ you at 11 o'clock last Friday morning?
Ans. _____ at the market.
2. This time of the year I ..................... in Agra.
3. ‘Where are the children?’
Ans. ‘I don’t know. They……. in the garden ten minutes ago.’
4. Where ______ Ankita yesterday? She _______(not) in school.
Ans. I think she _______ in Lonavala.
5. _________ Nihaar at home last night?
Ans. No he _______________
6. ‘Where are my keys? ‘
Ans. ‘I don’t know.They ..................... on the table but they're not there now.'
7. You ………………….. at home last night . ‘Where ………. you?
B. Fill the gaps with was, were, wasn’t, weren’t.
Church, supermarket, old city, post office
Complete the statements. Follow the example.
Example: I was at school yesterday, but you weren’t.
Fill the sentences with was, were, wasn't or weren't.
at the bakery
in the shop
two days ago
at a party
in the evening
at the seaside
in the village
Complete the conversation with was / were.
A: Where __________ Dhruvi last Saturday?
B: She __________ at the stadium.
A: __________ you there, too?
B: No, I __________ at home. And you?
A: My brothers, my sisters and I __________ at the exhibition.
By the way, where __________ your brothers that day?
B: I don’t know where my brother Jay __________ .
He __________ at home with me but the others __________
With this activity students ask each other questions that they may or may not remember the answer to. For example Where were you last Tuesday night at dinner time? or Where were you when xx important thing happened? You can explain that some historical events or other news events leave such an impression on us, we will always remember what we were doing and where we were at the time that thing happened. Sometimes our memories are very clear and sometimes they are not. You may want to provide prompts so the students get the idea and then have them generate their own questions. Some ideas for prompts are:
26/11or 26 July (relevant for people in Mumbai) No idea about major events in Hyderabad
The earthquake/ flood ( if there hasn’t been a earthquake or flood during the student’s lifetime, you can allow them to use their imagination to come up with details. The more they let their imaginations run wild, the more interesting the activity will get)
Last Thursday at 8PM/ any day of the week
When aliens landed on earth
When Rajnikant/ (any favourite icon of the students) visited Hyderabad.
When your mother called you for dinner yesterday
When you last missed English class
When you were punished by your teacher
When India won the cricket world cup (in 2011)?
When your friend met with an accident?
When your father phoned you yesterday evening?
An hour ago
Two weeks ago
Two days ago
A week ago
When I was six
When I was 10
Five years ago
A month ago
A long time ago
Ten years ago
You can also make this into a bluff game by telling students who don’t remember to make something up. For example, I was doing laundry when my mom called or I was driving my car when I heard about 26/11. Their partners can then guess whether the answer is true or not.
Write 12 key times on little squares (Example 8am, 10pm, 12pm, 5pm, 7am etc) Put them in a box. The student whose turn it is pull one square. He must then make a sentence using the sentence structure- ‘Yesterday I was at (particular place) at (the time he picked) o’ clock. You may put in a few wild card squares with ? on them. Here the child can choose any time he likes.
WHEN WERE YOU THERE?
Give each student a list of places such as the one given below. Place students in pairs. Each student must then ask his partner when he was last at the places given in the list. Each student must note down his partner’s answers. Once the interaction part is done, the students must form complete sentences in the simple past using the information they have gathered.
This activity DOES NOT MAKE USE OF THE TEMPORAL PREPOSITION PART GIVEN IN THE SENTENCE STRUCTURE
Get different toys or balls of different colours and place them in different parts of the classroom (near the window, on the teacher’s chair, on a mat, near the door, between two students etc). Allow the children to look around and memorize where the different objects are. Then take the objects away and ask the students to note down on a sheet were each object was. The student who has the most grammatically correct sentences and the student whose memory is the best are the winners.
So Much In Common- (Don’t really know how practical this activity will be)
Students work in pairs to discover the times when they were in the same place. They start with questions like “Where were you at 7p.m.?”. Each pair should try to find at least three times when they were at the same place. (all three places need to be different. ie. The students cannot say at 8 am we were in school. At 10 am we were in school and at 1pm we were in school) They must then share this with the class. ‘At 7pm we were both at home.” Or at “9PM we were both in school” or at “7AM we were both in the bathroom”
NOTE: Make it very clear to the students that the point of this activity is to practise their understanding of the sentence structure and not to be the first pair to find similarities. They must be honest and not make false claims about where they were at a particular time just to find the similarity with their partners.