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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.
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
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 They will use historical documents, cryptograms, code wheels and virtual trips to France to open the locks on the website and get closer to the prize.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
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.
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
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.
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.
German Escape Room for GCSE food and hobbies
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German Escape Room for GCSE food and hobbies

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! A spy themed escape room activity in which students need to solve German language related puzzles to get a code to jump from one website to the next in search of the German spy . Ideal as vocab and grammar revision for year 10 or 11 (based on GCSE Stimmt but compatible with other books). Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It focuses on vocab and research on German food but includes vocab from the topics school and hobbies, and practises word order and past participles. 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 paper puzzles that make the activities more “real”, but requires quite a bit of preparation by the teacher. The “digital only” version only requires one printout can be done last minute. The resource includes: Link to “Findet den Spion!” website and introduction video. Teacher instruction, including how to put together the puzzle items Teacher answers Puzzles to print out/Files for digital versions
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.
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
German Music Quiz with Medley of German songs
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German Music Quiz with Medley of German songs

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This quiz is based on a six minute medley of German songs and it is aimed at intermediate German learners. It would be ideal as an introduction to the topic of music or as a fun game at the end of term. It includes 12 different genres of music from folk to heavy metal and an exercise on description words to give opinions about music. If played in teams it usually takes about 20-30 min - students answer questions about the genre, description and content and guess which band picture goes with which song.
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.
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)
Meilensteine der Architektur - AS level architecture
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Meilensteine der Architektur - AS level architecture

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This is to support AQA German A level, Hodder & Stoughton book Kapitel: Kunst und Architektur, page 74-77 I have used this in combination with semerson6's resources https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/aqa-german-a-level-hodder-and-stoughton-book-kunst-und-architektur-11486144. The first task is about the famous buildings mentioned in the “Zum Einstieg” box at the beginning of the chapter. The powerpoint “Berühmte Gebäude” contains pictures of each of the buildings, showing each one for a few seconds and then moving on to the next (it plays in a loop). While watching the presentation students should fill in the worksheet about the name, country and function of the building. The web tasks ppt contains a link to an overview sheet of different styles that I found online. After going through the vocab with the students, they then use their devices to go to 360cities.net to look at a 360 degree view of the buildings (they are the same ones from the text on p. 75 which can be used as the answer sheet) and work out what style they represent. My students enjoyed that task very much and I think it bring architecture a bit more to life.
Doctor's advice game
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Doctor's advice game

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Two columns with pictures/phrases, students choose their own illness, remedy… and then have to guess which of them their partner chose. To practise speaking more the rule is that they have to start the sentence from the beginning and keep going until they use a phrase their partner hasn’t chosen. Similar to battleships but with a longer sentence.
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
Stimmt 1 Translation and Speaking tasks
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Stimmt 1 Translation and Speaking tasks

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Save 60% on individual purchase. Stimmt 1 New GCSE-style translation and speaking tasks Get your students used to GCSE-style questions early on with translations (Eng-Germ and vice versa), picture description and role plays based on vocab learned in Stimmt! 1 -powerpoint with three pictures with questions in English to guide students along. The first picture can be used as example/writing task, the other two for pair work. . -translation worksheet -two role play cards for student pair work -example answers for speaking and answers for translation task included in the powerpoint
Vocabulary Treasure Hunt
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Vocabulary Treasure Hunt

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A fun plenary or starter game for the main beginners' topics in any language. On each slide there are 16 squares with five treasures hidden behind them. Students translate the vocabulary on the boxes and if they get it right they choose a square and get a point/sweet/sticker if they find a treasure. This activity is based on the gamification theory that random rewards make games more addictive and fun. There are 34 slides with treasures hidden in different places about these topics (two slides for each topic) Numbers 1-20 Numbers 20-100 Letters Animals Family Months Dates Appearance Verb endings Question words Sports Hobbies Hobbies/Sports and Time phrases Subjects Days Town Food Note: In presentation mode click on squares to make them disappear and reveal the treasures.