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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.
Escape Room for GCSE German - Remote learning
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Escape Room for GCSE German - Remote learning

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** A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Now digital version included - no prep - self marking Try a sample: https://view.genial.ly/5ee4f42237584d0da6288527 A-Level and first year learners available as well. 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 the second, third or fourth year of learning German. Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It includes vocab from the topics family, celebrations, hobbies, perfect and imperfect tense. Includes answers.
German Escape room Der Stundenplan - Remote learning End of year activity
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German Escape room Der Stundenplan - Remote learning End of year activity

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A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Now includes a remote learning ready, digital only version. Try a sample here: https://view.genial.ly/5ee69dd40d7bd20d89ff30b6 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
Treasure Hunt Plenary Game
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Treasure Hunt Plenary Game

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A fun plenary or starter game for any subject or topic that doesn't need any preparation. On each slide there are 16 squares with five treasures hidden behind them. Students answer a question and if they get it right they choose a square and get a point/sweet/sticker if they find a treasure. There are 11 slides with treasures hidden in different places and the slide to be used can be chosen randomly by clicking the spinning wheel on the first slide. This activity is based on the gamification theory that random rewards make games more addictive and fun. Note: In presentation mode click on squares to make them disappear and reveal the treasures.
German pronunciation with sound - Deutsche Aussprache
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German pronunciation with sound - Deutsche Aussprache

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Practise German pronunciation with this 70-slide PowerPoint. It is suitable for all levels from beginners to A-Level, and can be used whenever the students struggle with a certain sound. This version includes all the word lists read out by a native speaker. There is a presentation-only version available to buy. It covers the main difficult letters/letter combinations like ‘ie’ and ‘ei’, ‘sp’ and ‘st’ and ‘J’. The sounds are practiced with the following activities: listen and repeat contrasting pairs (for students to work out the pronunciation), listen and point to what sound you hear, pair work, tongue twisters and a rule to copy down if possible. The presentation is meant to be presented in chunks, when students come across a new sound or before speaking exams. Note: the slides are not in alphabetical order but in order of how common the problem is. There is a hyperlinked index.
Berlin Wall Escape Room - remote learning/ end of year activity
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Berlin Wall Escape Room - remote learning/ end of year activity

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Let history come to life with an escape room lesson! Try out a sample here: https://view.genial.ly/5ef4a659be972e0d68958fbe New version: no preparation, self marking, remote learning ready. 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 and codes to be the first one to win. 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. The new digital version is longer. 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 (2 versions) • 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.
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.
Puzzles for Chapter 1 Stimmt GCSE Higher
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Puzzles for Chapter 1 Stimmt GCSE Higher

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Save over 60%! A collection of fun puzzle worksheets practising school vocab from chapter 1 School in AQA GCSE Stimmt! Red book. Includes three word puzzles per topic and answers. Ideal as cover work, homework or revision work. Note: If you have uploaded an earlier version of this and can't download it anymore, please leave me a message in the community or in reviews.
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. The topics included: describing appearance and character speaking about friendship family relationships and reasons why you (don’t) get on with each other weddings and opinions about marriage separable verbs future tense imperfect modal verbs 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
Beginners German Escape Room - Ideal for Remote learning and end of year
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Beginners German Escape Room - Ideal for Remote learning and end of year

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** A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Digital version - no prep - self marking Try a sample: https://view.genial.ly/5ee51a1558db040dade9f706 A-Level and GCSE versions available as well. 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 7, year 8 or year 9. Will keep them focused even in the last lesson before the holidays! It includes vocab from the topics family, school subjects, hobbies, adjectives, pets, present tense verb endings. Includes answers.
Escape Room Advent Calendar / Christmas Lesson
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Escape Room Advent Calendar / Christmas Lesson

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Teamwork, logical thinking and lots of Christmas fun! No preparation needed except printing worksheets. All answers included. A Christmas themed escape room to play as an Advent Calendar, one puzzle a day, or all in one go as a Christmas lesson. 24 different types of puzzles, some Christmas themed, some general knowledge (but googling is allowed!) aimed at 13-18 year olds. You will need: an internet connections, powerpoint and access to Youtube (optional). Let’s get merry!
Studio French Murder Mystery - Module1 Qui suis-je?
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Studio French Murder Mystery - Module1 Qui suis-je?

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Start the GCSE course with a French crime story that lasts a whole module! This is the French version of my sucessful German Murder Mystery that was featured on TES.com. See reviews here: https://www.tes.com/teaching-resource/stimmt-gcse-murder-mystery-menschliche-beziehungen-chapter-3-11463917 This Murder Mystery is designed to run alongside Studio AQA GCSE Higher/Foundation Chapter 1 “Qui suis-je”, (and can be be adapted for Edexcel version) 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 today ‘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. Topics: describing appearance and character speaking about friendship family relationships and reasons why you (don’t) get on with each other future tense + going out to town places in town + prepositions perfect tense+ going out imperfect+ childhood Includes: • puzzles, reading, writing, listening (teacher reading), 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
Remote Learning French Escape Room activity - Find the immortal Count de St Germain
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Remote Learning French Escape Room activity - Find the immortal Count de St Germain

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**Try it out here: **https://view.genial.ly/5ee21fb1f260380d8364f755 A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! No prep needed - remote learning ready! 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, puzzles 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. This resources contains a remote learning version and a classroom based verion. The resource includes: Digital Escape Room on Genially - no other resources needed, will work on any device. Classroom version: paper puzzles and “historical” documents Link to "The mysterious Count de Saint Germain” website. Teacher instruction and answers
Remote Learning Escape Room for  German AS Level/ A Level revision
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Remote Learning Escape Room for German AS Level/ A Level revision

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** A lesson that your students will not forget quickly! Now digital version included - no prep - self marking Try a sample: https://view.genial.ly/5ee4afa0f319630d74c49bdc ** GCSE and first year learners versison available as well. This resource was a featured revision resource on TES.com https://www.tes.com/teaching-resources/blog/a-levels-revision-mfl?utm_campaign=13737483&utm_content=mfl-roundup-2019-05-15&utm_source=exact-target&utm_medium=email. 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. 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 can be used without preparation and for remote learning. Comments from 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
Meilensteine der Architektur - AS level architecture with VR Tour
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Meilensteine der Architektur - AS level architecture with VR Tour

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This is to support AQA German A level, Hodder & Stoughton book Kapitel: Kunst und Architektur, page 74-77 . It now also includes two 360 degree tours to introduce and practise architectural vocab. 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.
Weather and activities sentence builder game
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Weather and activities sentence builder game

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Sentence builder for weather and activities (Es regnet, also spiele ich Fussball). Students write down one sentence and then guess what sentence their parter has written. Can also be used as a kind of bingo game, the students write down 1-3 sentences, if they have the same sentences as the teacher they win.