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I am a German native speaker from Berlin who works in a secondary school in Dorset. I have been teaching for nine years from year 7 to A-Level and my specialty is using technology, puzzles and games in lessons.

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I am a German native speaker from Berlin who works in a secondary school in Dorset. I have been teaching for nine years from year 7 to A-Level and my specialty is using technology, puzzles and games in lessons.
French Escape Room activity - Find the immortal Count de St Germain
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French Escape Room activity - Find the immortal Count de St Germain

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! A history-themed escape room activity for beginners in French in which students need to solve language related puzzles to chase down the legendary Count de Saint German, who is said to be immortal. They will use historical documents, cryptograms, code wheels and virtual trips to France to open the locks on the website and get closer to the prize. Students need to know French colours, numbers, clothes and months. This will keep them focused, even on the last lesson of term. The resource includes: Puzzles and “historical” documents Link to "The mysterious Count de Saint Germain” website. Teacher instruction and answers
Make your own escape room - revision, end of  term or just to keep them motivated
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Make your own escape room - revision, end of term or just to keep them motivated

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Make a lesson that your students won’t forget quickly! Make an escape room activity full of puzzles (digital or paper or mixed) that will keep them in suspense all lesson long. Try it out here: https://sites.google.com/view/huntbigfoot/introduction To run your own escape room, you will need to do some preparation adapting it to your topics but this pack contains templates and instructions for lots of different puzzles that can be used in any subject. They can also be use individually to make tasks more interesting. Included: 7 pages of instructions, ideas and lesson plans for 15 different activities and how to organise an escape classroom Powerpoints and word documents with adaptable activities like code wheels, jigsaws and colour changer Powerpoint backgrounds to create themed presentations Lots of web links with explanations and ideas
German Escape room Der Stundenplan (timetable and subjects)
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German Escape room Der Stundenplan (timetable and subjects)

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! A timetable themed escape room activity in which students need to do German language related puzzles to get a find all the codes to help Johann stay out of trouble at school . Ideal as vocab revision for the first year of German. Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It includes vocab from the topics school subjects and opinions, numbers, colours, telling the time, hobbies (online activities). There is a “digital only” version and a" mixed media" (digital+paper) version. The “mixed media” version is more fun because it involves the game website and real life puzzles ( jigsaws, code wheels and string activities) that make the activities more “real”, but requires quite a bit of preparation by the teacher. The “digital” version only requires one print out and can be done last minute. Student will need one computer, laptop or iPad per group. The resource includes: Link to "Der Stundenplan” website Teacher instruction, including how to put together the puzzle items and example pictures Teacher answers Powerpoint with game introduction Puzzles to print out/Files for digital versions
German Escape Room for  A Level revision
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German Escape Room for A Level revision

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! A spy themed escape room activity in which students need to do German language related puzzles to get a code to jump from one website to the next in search of the “mole” . Ideal as vocab and grammar revision for year 12 or year 13 for AQA German AS/A Level (based on the Hodder text book). Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It includes vocab from the topics celebrations, digital world, architecture and Berlin. There is a “digital only” version and a" digital+paper" version. The “digital+paper” version is more fun because it involves the game website and real life puzzles ( jigsaws, code wheels and string activities) that make the activities more “real”, but requires quite a bit of preparation by the teacher. The “digital only” version only requires two print outs and a little bit of taping and can be done last minute. Comments from my 6th form students: “This is intense!” “This was the best lesson I’ve had in some time!” “Can we do another one soon?” The resource includes: Link to “Findet den Maulwurf!” website Teacher instruction, including how to put together the puzzle items and example pictures Teacher answers Powerpoint with game introduction Puzzles to print out/Files for digital versions
Stimmt GCSE Murder Mystery – Menschliche Beziehungen (Chapter 3)
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Stimmt GCSE Murder Mystery – Menschliche Beziehungen (Chapter 3)

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Murder Mystery to run alongside Stimmt AQA GCSE Higher/Foundation Chapter 3 “Menschliche Beziehungen”, (some of the tasks would have to be adapted for Stimmt Edexcel.) Turn a whole chapter into a crime story! This project is intended to complement/ replace exercises from the text book and will link the pages together into one thrilling crime story. My students ask every lessons if they will find out ‘whodunit’, especially as there is a prize for the best detective! The project should not take up much more time than using the book on its own as some tasks can replace text book tasks and get students to revise the text book vocabulary in a different context. Includes: • puzzle, reading, writing, listening, speaking, translation and role play tasks • film trailer for the project, powerpoint (more than 60 slides) and work booklet (12 pages) • teacher guidance (hidden in the ppt, can be seen in edit mode) • activity overview • answers to all tasks
Berlin Wall Escape Room
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Berlin Wall Escape Room

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Let history come to life with an escape room lesson! Get students to puzzle their way through the history of the Berlin Wall, trying to stay in touch with their long lost friend Thomas on the other side of the wall. Engage students with a story website that will require them to work through a mix of text, video, jigsaw puzzles, codes and crossword puzzles to find their friend (and claim a prize?). This resource can be used as a revision lesson on the topic of the Berlin Wall or, with some internet research by the students, as a first introduction to the topic. It should take between 45 min and 2 hours, depending on age and prior knowledge. Little preparation by the teacher except for printing (if you choose the digital version of the jigsaw puzzle). As a native of Berlin I have been teaching this topic as part of my German lessons for about 10 years now. On the 3rd October, German national day, all my classes (aged 13-18) get a one lesson run through of the history of the wall and students are always fascinated by it. The topics covered here are: • the situation of Germany under the occupation of the allies after the war • the differences between East and West • why people escaped to the West • the building of the wall • what is the Stasi • what led to the fall of the wall • what happened on the 9th of November 1989 Includes: • link to dedicated story website • documents, excel and powerpoint files • puzzles • lesson plan • answers I have also included a powerpoint presentation of statistics showing the present-day differences between former East and West Germany and a collection of my favourite youtube videos on the topic.
Treasure Hunt - Places in Town and Directions
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Treasure Hunt - Places in Town and Directions

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A fun game that can be used to practise speaking about places in town and giving directions. Works best if there are prizes for finding the treasures! There are 5 maps with streets and town buildings (church, hospital ect) and three hidden treasure per slide. Students have to guess where the treasure is by naming the place of giving directions there, when you click on the place it reveals either an empty space or a treasure. The third slide turns the whole game into a race between different teams. In stronger classes they could practise prepositions and cases/genders (in der Kirche/ au stade ect) The last two slides are more detailed to practise more complex directions like ‘over the bridge’, ‘at the traffic light’ ect.
Feste und Traditionen - German holidays and celebrations
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Feste und Traditionen - German holidays and celebrations

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The pictures in the presentation can be used to introduce and talk about celebrations in Germany and how important they to the people. It is aimed at AQA AS Level or Higher GCSE level. The first part of the puzzle sheet is a version of my puzzle sheet to go with Stimmt AQA GCSE "Wir feiern", the second part (crossword) is to aid understanding of the text on page 60 in the new Hodder AQA AS Level book. With answers on the worksheet and in the presentation. NB The presentation does not contain the description of all the celebrations, but pictures and names.
Revision Stimmt 1 End of unit 1
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Revision Stimmt 1 End of unit 1

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Six word puzzles to revise the vocab of Unit 1 needed for the End of Unit test in writing, reading and listening. Includes answers. Ideal for a revision lesson or as revision homework. Note: These are different puzzles from the ones included in my worksheets for each page of the chapter.
Impress the Examiner - German Phrases by topic
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Impress the Examiner - German Phrases by topic

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German phrases with English translations to impress the examiner. Every topic includes phrases in different tenses, colloquial expressions and complex structures. Topics: School, Family, Health and Work. These are phrases that students can learn to prepare for the old or the new style GCSE.
Trailer for German Murder Mystery
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Trailer for German Murder Mystery

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This is the film trailer for my Stimmt GCSE German murder mystery, so you can see it before you buy. Find the main resource here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/stimmt-gcse-murder-mystery-menschliche-beziehungen-chapter-3-11463917
German Vocab on Memrise
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German Vocab on Memrise

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I have put a lot of German vocab on www.memrisec.com and am happy to share. If you haven’t used it yet, it is a great (and free) vocab learning website. Let me know if you spot mistakes as only I can edit the sets on memrise. Join my group and start learning to share with your groups. To make it easier to learn I have taken out most plurals, multiple translations and slashes. Includes full vocab for : Stimmt 1, Stimmt AQA GCSE (red and green), Hodder AQA AS and A2 Level (from vocab sheets included in online package which is longer than the end of chapter vocab lists)
Puzzles for Chapter 2 Stimmt GCSE Higher
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Puzzles for Chapter 2 Stimmt GCSE Higher

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Save nearly 60%! A collection of fun puzzle worksheets practising vocab from chapter 2 Hobbies in AQA GCSE Stimmt! Red book. Includes three word puzzles per topic and answers. Ideal as cover work, homework or revision work.
Stimmt 1 Puzzles Meine Sachen
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Stimmt 1 Puzzles Meine Sachen

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Three fun puzzles to use as a starter or plenary to revise page 16-17 'Meine Sachen' in Stimmt! 1 (indefinite article and questions). Includes answers.
The cases in German
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The cases in German

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A comprehensive introduction to the cases in German aimed at 6th form students, including dual prepositions and flexible word order. It includes presentation slides, gap fill, writing, match up and drawing task and a quiz. Also includes a case overview hand out that could be turned into a class room display.