Preschool German resources: fiction

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Introducing present-tense regular verb conjugation

Introducing present-tense regular verb conjugation

Originally an observed lesson (hence the lesson plan) introducing verb conjugation in the present tense to beginners of German. Introduces 7 key verbs through a story, using nouns they've already learnt for phonics (Rachel Hawkes' set of 16 nouns, also featured in Stimmt!1). Plus comprehension exercises and creation of a verb table.

By hasslethehog

Story: At the Restaurant

Story: At the Restaurant

This is a little story about a family visit to a restaurant, which can be used to find out phrases and words from that word field.

By Dopp

Writing Practice in Collaboration with native German speakers or teacher/mentors

Writing Practice in Collaboration with native German speakers or teacher/mentors

Students often retain the effects of correction better when they make changes themselves. If they can do this under guidance from an expert helper, such as their teacher, mentor or foreign penfriend, so much the better. This writing activity is designed to work in the browser of any computer, iPad or tablet Teachers assign something they would like their students to write (they can create their own title if desired). It could be a sentence or two, an email, a letter or a full composition. The teacher tells their students to write their text at https://schoolshape.com/write. (If practising a foreign language accents are on the keyboard provided on tablets) The students write their text in the space. The students click the ‘send’ button and enter their expert helper’s email address. In the expert helper’s email inbox will be a message stating the name of the student and a link to their work. The expert helper will be able to make corrections to any orthographical mistakes in the work. The student will immediately see some red underlinings in his/her writing. The student will not see the corrected answer, but will have an opportunity to correct the work by following some hints generated by the system. At the foot of the student’s assignment there is a continuously updated record of the accuracy of his/her writing. You will notice that - when using the integrated keyboard on tablets, it will throw up useful options for foreign accents, making it quick and easy for students to input foreign language written assignments. - pasting text in from elsewhere has been disabled, thus discouraging plagiarism. - there is a built in inductive learning procedure. When work has been corrected by the teacher (or expert mentor, such as a penfriend), the student's work on the same assignment continues ... they can improve their percentage accuracy (displayed on their work) by following an automatic hint system guiding them towards the correct answer. Equipment required This browser activity is available on computers, tablets, iPads and smartphones. It could be done ‘live’ in class or as a homework assignment, or both.

By rabyte

CREATURE COMFORTS IN GERMAN

CREATURE COMFORTS IN GERMAN

Animals discuss aliens, sleep and communications in Nick Park and Aardman Animations' brilliant short films. Baby squirrels talking in German about aliens and bats discussing communication - have fun and I hope your pupils do, too!

By CatherinePaver

The Town Mouse & Country Mouse (German)

The Town Mouse & Country Mouse (German)

A mouse named Jacques lives in the city and is missing the love of his life, Lucille, who lives in the countryside. So Jacques decides to visit her. But when he gets there the countryside isn't what he expected, so they both go back to the city. However, things don't run as smoothly as expected for them and Lucille ends up being caught by a cat. So they decide to compromise and move. This animation is also available in English: bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/5799.

By BBCClassClipsMFL

The Tortoise and the Hare (German)

The Tortoise and the Hare (German)

The hare bumps into the tortoise and laughs at its slowness. So they have a race to see who is the fastest animal in the forest. But the hare gets distracted on the way to the final flag - who will win? This animation is also available in English: bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/5800.

By BBCClassClipsMFL

The Sun and the Wind (German)

The Sun and the Wind (German)

The sun and the wind battle it out to see who is more powerful. Each unleashes its force until the winner is declared. Meanwhile Paula, the weather forecaster, gives a strange forecast - will her predictions come true? This animation is also available in English: bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/5802.

By BBCClassClipsMFL

The Butterfly Lovers (German)

The Butterfly Lovers (German)

Yu Jun wants to study but tradition dictates she can't because she's a girl, so she dresses as a boy and goes to school. There she meets Liang and falls in love. Liang visits her and realises she is a boy. They fall in love and he asks her father for her hand in marriage. Her father refuses and Liang, realising he cannot have Yu Jun, becomes ill and dies. But Yu Jun is determined to be with her only love - what will she do to be with him again? This animation is also available in English: bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/6118.

By BBCClassClipsMFL

The Boy and the Drum (German)

The Boy and the Drum (German)

An old man is trying to get to sleep but the boy next door won't stop playing his drum. So the man asks for help from three different people. Will they be able to help him or will he have to move out so he can get a good sleep? This animation is also available in English: bbc.co.uk/learningzone/clips/5747.

By BBCClassClipsMFL