KS3 GERMAN KS4 TELLING TIME CHALLENGE CARDS & REFERENCE BOOK - FOCUS ON A RANGE OF ANALOGUE CLOCK TIMES This mini-bundle comprises 180 challenge cards and a reference book showing every analogue clock time with matching clock faces. The resources are perfect for developing German language skills in general, as well as for practising and revising how to tell the time in German - there are 3 separate sets of 60 task cards, divided into two sets of 30 questions, full answer key and a recording sheet, so 180 cards in total. The cards have a bonus multi-skill focus on listening, speaking, pronunciation, reading and spelling, and really help students develop more independence in their learning, moving away from more teacher-led tasks and activities.
Challenge cards are really versatile too - we use them not only when we’re focusing on the target vocab and structures, but throughout the year as starters and refreshers. The goal is not simply to learn and practice how to tell the time in German, but also to enjoy working with language, and to feel confident about doing so. I use these cards not only with my Primary German learners, but also my beginner German learners in high school. Half past the hour is particularly tricky in German, and the focused practice is really useful. For 25 minutes past and 25 minutes to the hour I’ve used fünf vor halb… fünf nach halb respectively, ditto in the reference book - like half past the hour, this can be really tricky for beginner German learners, and this mini-bundle provides a very useful focus and reference resource for students.
The questions in Sets 1 & 2 are a straightforward introduction to o’clock, half past, quarter to and quarter past the hour. Set 3 works really well as practice and revision of a range of analogue clock times for students who have already been introduced to the basics of telling time in German, and also to working and learning with challenge cards - I generally work with numbers quite quickly with my beginner language students, and move on to challenge card activities as soon as I can, so that they can develop independent and collaborative learning skills.
There are two questions: Wie spät ist es / Wie viel Uhr ist es? with a particular clock face, and students write the response on their recording sheet or in their workbooks. The second question is Richtig oder falsch? and students write either richtig or falsch - where the answer is falsch, remind students to write the correct time for additional consolidation.
The cards are numbered 1-60 in words, so students should recap those numbers before they work with the cards. I’ve included two numbers reference lists in the bundle, as well as a couple of other freebies you may not have seen.
The question card template enables students to apply their knowledge of language and time creatively and practically too - my students really enjoy creating questions for each other!
Tip for home / distance learning:
I still use my challenge cards remotely - it’s fun! Students can either work through the questions on their own by downloading the file on their device, and noting their answers in their workbook - my students love to play together via the various online collaborative platforms that are available - it’s more like a quiz or competition, and it really helps them to feel more together too. Please note that during school closures during this difficult time, it’s absolutely fine to send my products to students electronically - they don’t have to print these out to work and learn with them!
Each of the three sets of task cards comprises the following:
= Set of 60 cards, 6 per A4 (8.5 x 11) paper. Print, laminate and cut out. Depending on how long you want the activity to last for, choose a particular number of cards per small group of students, and place them in a tin, bowl or small box so that students can easily select a card, and then replace at the end of the activity. You can simply place all the cards in the bowl/box and let students work their way through, either in a single lesson, or across a series of lessons.
= 2-page answer recording sheet. Best printed double-sided.
= 2-page answer key, again best printed double-sided, and laminated for longevity. One answer key for each small group is sufficient.
The reference book: I like to give my students comprehensive vocab books and reference resources. They enable them to work more independently, both in class and at home. This German Telling the Time Reference Book has 14 pages, and features every analogue clock time in German., with matching clock face. There’s a My Notes page too - I encourage students to make notes on their progress, and think about how they are progressing - we use this to inform and guide whole-group discussion about learning and progress in general, which is a really popular and effective activity too.
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