German teaching resources: Basics

Resources and ideas for German, written by teachers to support teaching and learning

KS3 German: Mein Haus

KS3 German: Mein Haus

Lesson introducing rooms in the house, including a guessing-game for the starter, a match-up, a reading activity, battleships for speaking practice (handout version is already available on TES), a longer reading activity and an ongoing dictionary task as an extension activity. Successfully used as an interview lesson!

By hasslethehog

Who Dares Wins

Who Dares Wins

Class is divided into two big teams, as evenly as possible!One or two students are selected to be the point scorers.A pair of students from each team comes to the front.One pair chooses a category. Both pairs can see the category.The pair bets how many items they can name which are related to that category. They write that number on a mini whiteboard and keep their number secret from the other pair until the teacher asks them to reveal it.The other pair then decide if they can beat that number.The bidding continues until one team decides to stop.The team that bet the highest number has to meet their target, otherwise the points go to the opposite team!

By jhalkyard

Running Gap Fill - Lieblings...

Running Gap Fill - Lieblings...

A resource originally designed for a lower ability German group to practise spelling and comprehension. Stick up the completed version of the gap fills at various points in the classroom. Work in pairs. Give students the blank templates. One student runs to collect information about each person and reports back to their partner who completes the sheet. Competitive and rewarding.

By jhalkyard

30 x German Vocab Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Crossword Homework Cover Lesson Plenary

30 x German Vocab Starter Activities GCSE KS3 Keyword Crossword Homework Cover Lesson Plenary

30 starter-style keyword wordsearches, crosswords and anagrams, covering 10 themes. 3 starters for each theme. They are:Days of The Week, Months of The Year, Numbers, All About Me, Family, Food and Drink, School, Things To Do, Animals,Colours.Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen.

By mikedean

Introducing yourself Cartoon Cards

Introducing yourself Cartoon Cards

These cards can be printed and cut up. Use as speaking and listening activity. Pupils work in pairs asking and answering questions about the person on their card in German and see if they can work out who their partner is.

By Mortimer007

German Compound Nouns

German Compound Nouns

A basic worksheet suitable for cover. Students search for nouns which either start with or end with another noun. Good for GCSE vocab revision.

By jhalkyard

Kartei 1 (Grundschule)

Kartei 1 (Grundschule)

Developed by experienced language teachers, these unique reading practice cards are designed for individual, “self-service” use. They can be placed in a Resources Centre, used in class (e.g. for carousel activities) or borrowed for homework.The cards are intended to be printed and laminated to be used again and again. Students help themselves to cards, answer the questions in their exercise book, then mark their work (or their peers’) and write their scores on the record sheet. There is no preparation, marking or duplication for teachers, allowing time to be spent where most needed.Set of 30 full-colour A4 reading cards for Elementary level (KS2). Includes a reproducible record sheet and answer cards.

By linguascope

Kartei 2 (Anfänger)

Kartei 2 (Anfänger)

Developed by experienced language teachers, these unique reading practice cards are designed for individual, “self-service” use. They can be placed in a Resources Centre, used in class (e.g. for carousel activities) or borrowed for homework.The cards are intended to be printed and laminated to be used again and again. Students help themselves to cards, answer the questions in their exercise book, then mark their work (or their peers’) and write their scores on the record sheet. There is no preparation, marking or duplication for teachers, allowing time to be spent where most needed.Set of 35 full-colour A4 reading cards for Beginner level (KS3). Includes a reproducible record sheet and answer cards.

By linguascope

Kartei 4 (Schwierig)

Kartei 4 (Schwierig)

Developed by experienced language teachers, these unique reading practice cards are designed for individual, “self-service” use. They can be placed in a Resources Centre, used in class (e.g. for carousel activities) or borrowed for homework.The cards are intended to be printed and laminated to be used again and again. Students help themselves to cards, answer the questions in their exercise book, then mark their work (or their peers’) and write their scores on the record sheet. There is no preparation, marking or duplication for teachers, allowing time to be spent where most needed.Set of 30 full-colour A4 reading cards for Upper Intermediate level (KS4). Includes a reproducible record sheet and answer cards.

By linguascope

Kartei 3 (Einfach)

Kartei 3 (Einfach)

Developed by experienced language teachers, these unique reading practice cards are designed for individual, “self-service” use. They can be placed in a Resources Centre, used in class (e.g. for carousel activities) or borrowed for homework.The cards are intended to be printed and laminated to be used again and again. Students help themselves to cards, answer the questions in their exercise book, then mark their work (or their peers’) and write their scores on the record sheet. There is no preparation, marking or duplication for teachers, allowing time to be spent where most needed.Set of 30 full-colour A4 reading cards for Lower Intermediate level (KS4). Includes a reproducible record sheet and answer cards.

By linguascope

Flags / Fahnen

Flags / Fahnen

Easy worksheet to colour in the flags of a few countries (words underneath for students to match up and copy alongside the flag). Good for cover.

By jhalkyard

German Color by Number Animal Pictures

German Color by Number Animal Pictures

This pack contains five different designs and practices both German color and number words. Each design comes in two versions. The first version has both number and color words. The second has number words but not colors, in case the teacher wants to teach particular colors or for students to choose the colors themselves.Designs included:* Peacock* Fish* Toucan* Butterfly* Caterpillar

By LlanguageLlamas

Pointless / Punktlos

Pointless / Punktlos

Vocab game based on the TV show Pointless. Students translate vocab into English and try to win by correctly identifying the word which has zero points.Competitive, easily adaptable and great for GCSE revision.

By jhalkyard

SEIN, adjectives and more

SEIN, adjectives and more

Complete PPT (with basic notes of ideas for using each slide)- recap of verb SEIN in present tense- introduction of simple adjectives to describe personality- worksheet (gap fill) of adjectives- translation tasks into and out of German- poem writing activity- reading comprehensionAlso includes:- questioning activity to recap/intro the verb FINDEN- photo card description activity to practise vocab in another context- recap of possessive determiners in nominative case with SEIN and adjectives- ideas for extension workI hope you find this useful.

By jhalkyard

Complete Beginner German Workbook and Textbook ~ Deutsch für Anfänger

Complete Beginner German Workbook and Textbook ~ Deutsch für Anfänger

This 83 page file is a complete beginner textbook and workbook that I've completed over my last 15 years of teaching/tutoring German. It includes careful explanations and exercises on all the topics covered in a first year German course. It also includes a detailed description of grammar terms and a full appendix with all the most important charts for studying the German language.This PDF can be used on its own or as a complement to any beginner German language course of study.You can use it get its entirety or simply print out pages as worksheets.Course Outline (It is thematic)Unit 1: The BasicsAlphabet, pronunciation, greetingsUnit 2: Talking about FamilyFamily vocab, gender and plurals, habenUnit 3: Describing PeopleVerb conjugations, seinUnit 4: Numbers and Time PhrasesNumbers, Telling TimeUnit 5: My HouseWord orderUnit 6: Common Irregular VerbsHaben, sein, werden, The WeatherUnit 7: Asking QuestionsQuestion Words, Stem-change VerbsUnit 8: Talking about HobbiesMonths, Days of the Week, ModalsUnit 9: At a RestaurantNominative and Accusative, Possessives Unit 10: Around TownPrepositions of Place, DativeUnit 11: At a Soccer Game Comparatives and SuperlativesUnit 12: New Year’s EveFuture tenseUnit 13: Taking a TripSeparable prefix verbsUnit 14: At the MoviesThe Conversational PastUnit 15: Grocery shoppingExpressing Likes, Gefallen, Gern habenUnit 16: Daily RoutinesReflexive VerbsUnit 17: A PostcardConjunctionsUnit 18: A Day in BerlinThe Simple Past, ModalsUnit 19: Renting an ApartmentGenitive Case, Adjective endings Unit 20: A Day HikeRelative PronounsAppendices A-E:Declension ChartsPrepositionsGrammar Terms

By ninatutor

GERMAN VOCABULARY (2) - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

GERMAN VOCABULARY (2) - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

99 ESSENTIAL WORDS AND PHRASES FOR BEGINNING GERMAN LEARNERS!This set of games and activities really do help students to develop and embed their beginning GERMAN vocabulary in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way. They’re ideal for independent learning, and perfect for pair and small-group work. Students can quiz/test themselves and each other on a regular basis - they're a very popular alternative to more traditional vocabulary 'drilling tasks', and really do help to create a lively language learning environment.This set features 99 BEGINNING WORDS AND PHRASES that students are likely to meet in the INTRODUCTORY stages of their GERMAN learning:- Begrüßungen (2)- die Farben- der Körper/die Körperteile- die Zahlen 21-40- das Wetter- Deutsch im Klassenzimmer (2)- Fragen und Antworten (2)I've described the resource as suitable for ages 7-14, but it does depend on the age at which your students begin GERMAN - the games and activities work well with any appropriate learning group, depending on their starting point. There are two non-editable files in a zipped format - the other files you can see are preview images to give you an idea of what the resource looks like as a whole:FILE 1: GERMAN and ENGLISH game cards, with all the words and phrases to use in a variety of games and activities - I've suggested a range of games and activities that have worked well for me. This file also includes the game card template, which encourages your students to apply their developing knowledge of GERMAN practically and creatively.FILE 2 - this is an 18-page REFERENCE, RECALL & WRITE booklet, best photocopied double-sided, and double-stapled down the left-hand side. This format is very learner-friendly, and easily kept in a learning file or folder for regular reference.All the words and phrases are listed GERMAN-ENGLISH in language categories. There are 3 differentiated RECALL & WRITE activities to help your students really practise and review the vocabulary:CHILLOUT CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in ENGLISH from a GERMAN prompt - all the words/phrases are in their language categoryCHAMPION CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in GERMAN from an ENGLISH prompt - again, all the words and phrases are in their language categorySUPERCHARGED CHALLENGE: all the words and phrases appear in random order, and switch from GERMAN to ENGLISH at each question - this really does put students' memories to the test!Please read the Terms of Use carefully - this resource is copyright, and for single-classroom use only. VIELEN DANK UND VIEL SPAß!

By LivelyLearning

How to revise MFL vocabulary effectively (IMPROVED with Spanish version)

How to revise MFL vocabulary effectively (IMPROVED with Spanish version)

Most students will find revision boring - this is mainly because they think staring at the page will do!!! Unfortunately, as much as I stare at the kettle, the cup of tea does not just magically materialise in my hands!!I find this strategy is useful for an active and creative approach to homework. Please model with students by challenging them to memorise a sentence, make it longer and longer each lesson... they get seriously involved!!!! Examples in French and Spanish but concept is applicable to any language.

By ProfesoraSpanish

GERMAN VOCABULARY SETS 1, 2 & 3 - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

GERMAN VOCABULARY SETS 1, 2 & 3 - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

297 ESSENTIAL WORDS AND PHRASES FOR BEGINNING GERMAN LEARNERS!This combined pack of vocabulary games and activities really do help students to develop and embed their beginning GERMAN vocabulary in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way. They’re ideal for independent learning, and perfect for pair and small-group work. Students can quiz/test themselves and each other on a regular basis - they're a very popular alternative to more traditional vocabulary 'drilling tasks', and really do help to create a lively language learning environment.The pack features 297 BEGINNING WORDS AND PHRASES that students are likely to meet in the INTRODUCTORY stages of their GERMAN learning:SET 1- Begrüßungen (1)- die Tage der Woche- die Monate des Jahres- die Jahreszeiten- Zahlen 0-20- Meine Familie- Alltagswörter- Deutsch im Klassenzimmer (1)- Fragen und Antworten (1)SET 2- Begrüßungen (2)- die Farben- der Körper/die Körperteile- die Zahlen 21-40- das Wetter- Deutsch im Klassenzimmer (2)- Fragen und Antworten (2)SET 3- Deutsch im Klassenzimmer (3)- das Tierreich, definite and indefinite article (1)- die Schulfächer- Obst und Gemüse (1)- die Zahlen 41-60- Fragen und Antworten (3)I've described the resource as suitable for ages 7-14, but it does depend on the age at which your students begin GERMAN - the games and activities work well with any appropriate learning group, depending on their starting point. Each set comprises the following non-editable files:FILE 1: GERMAN and ENGLISH game cards, with all the words and phrases to use in a variety of games and activities - I've suggested a range of games and activities that have worked well for me. This file also includes the game card template, which encourages your students to apply their developing knowledge of GERMAN practically and creatively.FILE 2 - this is an 18-page REFERENCE, RECALL & WRITE bookletThere are 3 differentiated RECALL & WRITE activities to help your students really practise and review the vocabulary:CHILLOUT CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in ENGLISH from a GERMAN prompt - all the words/phrases are in their language categoryCHAMPION CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in GERMAN from an ENGLISH prompt - again, all the words and phrases are in their language categorySUPERCHARGED CHALLENGE: all the words and phrases appear in random order, and switch from GERMAN to ENGLISH at each questionThe sets are also available separately if you prefer, each priced at £2.00. Please read the Terms of Use carefully - this resource is copyright, and for single-classroom use only. VIELEN DANK UND VIEL SPAß!

By LivelyLearning

GERMAN VOCABULARY (5) - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

GERMAN VOCABULARY (5) - GAMES & ACTIVITIES

99 ESSENTIAL WORDS AND PHRASES FOR BEGINNING GERMAN LEARNERS!This set of games and activities really do help students to develop and embed their beginning GERMAN vocabulary in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way. They’re ideal for independent learning, and perfect for pair and small-group work. Students can quiz/test themselves and each other on a regular basis - they're a very popular alternative to more traditional vocabulary 'drilling tasks', and really do help to create a lively language learning environment.This set features 99 BEGINNING WORDS AND PHRASES that students are likely to meet in the INTRODUCTORY stages of their GERMAN learning:- Deutsche Verben (1)- die Zahlen 81-100- die Uhrzeit (1)- In der Stadt (1)- Adjektive (2)- Fragen und Antworten (5)I've described the resource as suitable for ages 7-14, but it does depend on the age at which your students begin GERMAN - the games and activities work well with any appropriate learning group, depending on their starting point. There are two non-editable files in a zipped format - the other files you can see are preview images to give you an idea of what the resource looks like as a whole:FILE 1: GERMAN and ENGLISH game cards, with all the words and phrases to use in a variety of games and activities - I've suggested a range of games and activities that have worked well for me. This file also includes the game card template, which encourages your students to apply their developing knowledge of GERMAN practically and creatively.FILE 2 - this is an 18-page REFERENCE, RECALL & WRITE booklet, best photocopied double-sided, and double-stapled down the left-hand side. This format is very learner-friendly, and easily kept in a learning file or folder for regular reference.All the words and phrases are listed GERMAN-ENGLISH in language categories. There are 3 differentiated RECALL & WRITE activities to help your students really practise and review the vocabulary:CHILLOUT CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in ENGLISH from a GERMAN prompt - all the words/phrases are in their language categoryCHAMPION CHALLENGE: students write from memory all the words and phrases in GERMAN from an ENGLISH prompt - again, all the words and phrases are in their language categorySUPERCHARGED CHALLENGE: all the words and phrases appear in random order, and switch from GERMAN to ENGLISH at each question - this really does put students' memories to the test!Please read the Terms of Use carefully - this resource is copyright, and for single-classroom use only. VIELEN DANK UND VIEL SPAß!

By LivelyLearning

10 Crosswords German Language Keyword Starters Wordsearch Homework Cover Lesson Plenary

10 Crosswords German Language Keyword Starters Wordsearch Homework Cover Lesson Plenary

10 starter-style keyword crosswords covering 10 themes including Days of The Week, Months of The Year, Numbers, All About Me, Family, Food and Drink, School, Things To Do, Animals and Colours. Includes space for students to explain the keywords and suggested extension activities. Ideal for the start of a lesson, a quick filler, a homework, part of a cover lesson or as a plenary on the board with a whiteboard pen.

By mikedean

GERMAN TELLING THE TIME (2) - FIVE GAMES & CHALLENGES PACK

GERMAN TELLING THE TIME (2) - FIVE GAMES & CHALLENGES PACK

FIVE DIFFERENTIATED GAMES AND CHALLENGES!Focus on five / ten past and five / ten to the hour.I HAVE, WHO HAS? is a great language learning game. The repetitive nature of the questions and answers, supported by the visual prompt of the clock faces, makes it perfect for practising, reinforcing & refreshing how to tell the time in GERMAN. It’s a whole-group communicative game, with a multi-skill focus on speaking, listening, reading, vocabulary-building and developing accurate pronunciation. The game really does help to create a lively language learning environment, and is a great alternative to more traditional 'drilling' activities.There are two games, each with a different challenge:CHILLOUT CHALLENGE - with the clock times in numerical orderCHAMPION CHALLENGE - with the clock times in topsy-turvy order, which really does encourage students to focus on how to tell the time in GERMAN!DINKY GERMAN TELLING THE TIME DOMINOES GAMES (2) will help your students develop their skill in telling the time in GERMAN in a cooperative, communicative and interactive way, learning independently of the teacher. The games are ideal for independent learning, and perfect for pair and small-group work. There are three games and three levels of challenge:GAME 1: CHILLOUT CHALLENGE features the analogue times in numerical order, 1 to 12GAME 2: CHAMPION CHALLENGE features all the times in topsy-turvy order, which really gets students thinking about how to tell the time in GERMANGAME 3: SUPER-CHARGED CHALLENGE features all the times in topsy-turvy order, with the clock faces first, so students really do need to know how to tell the time in GERMAN to complete the domino sequence in record time! Play as warmers, starters and plenaries across the whole school year. Playing against a timer in teams works really well too. I've classed the games as suitable for ages 7-16, because it really does depend on the age at which your students begin their GERMAN, the language themes and concepts they're currently working on, and what areas of learning they might need to focus on during revision periods. The resource itself consists of four, non-editable files in a zipped format; I've added a selection of preview images to give you an idea of what the resource looks like as a whole. The I HAVE, WHO HAS and the DOMINOES GAMES are also available separately if you prefer, each priced at £2.00.Please read the Terms of Use carefully - this resource is copyright, and for single-classroom use only.VIELEN DANK UND VIEL SPAß!

By LivelyLearning