Looking to practice some Christmas vocabulary? How about a fun game of bingo?! I made up 25 different cards. There is also a key for you to keep track of which items have been called already – just in case your students have other ideas 😉
When we play, I bring a die. Whatever number I roll is the column where they have to find the word. If I roll a 6, then it can be anywhere on the card.
Here is what the cards look like:
You can download the Bingo cards for FREE as a PDF file: Weihnacht Bingo GitA
The words are the same 24 that I used in my Vocabulary Advent Calendars.
If you would like to print out posters of the words, you can download this PDF: Weihnacht Posters GitA. I also print these 6 to a page to use a the cards that I draw for the Bingo words. Here is a sample of what they look like:
Here is a list of the 24 words that are included:
- der Adventskalender
- der Adventskranz
- die Geschenke (plural)
- die Glaskugel
- der Hampelmann
- die Kerze
- das Knusperhaus
- das Lebkuchenherz
- der Lebkuchenmann
- der Nikolaus
- der Nussknacker
- die Plätzchen (plural)
- die Pyramide
- das Räuchermännchen
- der Schlitten
- die Schneeflocke
- die Stiefel (plural)
- der Stollen
- die Tasse
- der Tannenbaum
- die Weihnachtskarte
- das Weihnachtslied
- der Weihnachtsmarkt
- die Zuckerstange
I am not going to be able to teach my next lesson on Nikolaus to the 3rd & 4th graders. The classroom teachers kindly agreed to work on it with the students while I’m away. They will review the Nikolaus legend I told them in the last lesson, but I needed a way for the kids to hear the German story. So my terrific tech-savvy husband helped me figure out a way to do just that!
I used a program called Explain Everything and was able to use a tablet to draw and record the story as a video that could be uploaded! Here it is….
While this method follows the guidelines for Story Listening, it is not at all meant to be a replacement. It does use a variety of aspects of Comprehension-Aiding Supplementation (CAS):
- Written Words
- Word Families
- Students’ First Language
- Slow & Clear Speach
The main things that I am missing here are gestures (body movements) and mimic (facial expressions). However, I believe my tone of voice does also help slightly to make up for this lack.
Also, this story is already known to the students. Not only did I tell the story the week before my absence, but it is the 3rd year in a row that they have heard it! So I feel good about sending it in to help the students through this “substitute” lesson.
After they watch the video, students have two options:
- Draw a picture of their favorite scene and find a sentence in the text to use as a caption.
- Illustrate a booklet of the story (can also be done in partner work).
A variation for the second option would be to print out individual pages from the booklet and have each student illustrate one page to make a collaborative book.
You can download the text and illustration page as a PDF here: Nikolaus und die drei Töchter Text. Download the booklet as a PDF here: Nikolaus booklet.
I hope to create more animated drawings like this for my students to use as review. In a pinch, they could also be used as a substitute lesson if I am absent at the last-minute. Stay tuned!
My elementary students are busy learning the songs of Martin’s Day. Next week they will be parading into the pre-k & kindergarten classrooms, carrying their beautiful clay lanterns and singing the songs.
To help learn the songs, here are links to two YouTube videos:
“Ich geh’ mit meiner Laterne”
I am so excited for our Lantern Parade this year! It will be our second year parading the 1st – 4th-graders into the four pre-k/kindergarten classrooms. This year, the elementary school students made the most beautiful lanterns out of clay!
They started with a slab of clay. They rolled it out and cut a base. Then they drew designs of moons and suns and cut out stars.
Then we helped them roll the slab and attach it to the base:
They were fired in the kiln. Then the children painted them with glaze, and they were fired a second time. Meanwhile, the children strung beads onto wire, which we then attached to make handles. I’m so amazed by how beautifully they turned out!
Aren’t they spectacular?! They are on display at school until our parade on November 12th!
I recently posted my Halloween Bingo game to play in German. Actually, you could use the Bingo Cards in any language as long as you know the words for all of the images!
But I forgot to explain how we were going to play it! So here are THE RULES:
Before we began, I used the word posters to review the vocab.
Then I used the little cards to “draw” the image. I also rolled a die to see in which column (Spalte) they had to look for the image. Obviously there are only 5 columns. So if I rolled a 6, they could cover the images anywhere on the board. (The boards have each image two times – 12 images for 24 squares.)
My 3rd & 4th grades had a blast playing!
I also had non-candy prizes for them. I had found some German pencils at Teacher’s Discovery. They say “Mach Fehler. So lernst du.” I thought that was a fun phrase! You can get them here (12 for $3.95).
My 1st and 2nd graders are so squirrely! It is hard to get through a Story Listening lesson. So I have decided to try to keep the stories short (still rich with content) and sing songs for the second part of our class.
I came across the song “Grün, grün, grün” again recently. It’s such a great song for colors. But at the same time, I find some of the verses to be a bit cumbersome. I mean, “Schornsteinfeger”?! That’s something of a tongue-twister!
Then I found some super cute Halloween kids clipart and thought that would work really well for adapting the song. It would be even better if the kids’ costumes were truly monochromatic, but I think it’s close enough 😉
Of course, I made some word posters to help teach the song. There is a set with the color words and a set without them – your choice!
I came up with the following characters:
- red – Rotkäppchen (Red Riding Hood)
- orange – Kürbis (pumpkin)
- yellow – Biene (bee)
- green – Fee (fairy)
- blue – Cowboy
- purple – Hexe (witch)
- pink – Hase (rabbit)
- black – Katze (cat)
- white – Geist (ghost)
Check them out:
You can download them all for FREE here: Grün, grün, grün Plakate GitA
Just take the original song and change the lyrics:
Grün, grün, grün sind alle meine Kleider
Grün, grün, grün ist alles, was ich habe
Darum liebe ich alles, was grün ist
Weil mein Schatz ein Jäger ist
I’d love to hear from you! How are you using these materials? And how did it go??
Last year I made up some Halloween Bingo cards, but I forgot to post them! I never actually had a chance to use them, either. Maybe this year?!
There is a whole set of materials:
- Bingo Cards (set of 12) – Download PDF for FREE here: Halloween Bingo GitA
- Word posters for introducing the 12 vocabulary words – Download PDF for FREE here: Halloween Wortschatz Posters GitA
- 3 sets of small cards with the 12 vocab words: pictures with words, just words, just pictures. These could also be used for other games, such as Memory or Go Fish. Download PDF for FREE here: Memory Cards GitA
Here is a sample of some of the word posters:
And here is what the small cards with words look like:
Now the only thing I have left to do is figure out what I’m using for Bingo chips! It would be fun to have something Halloween related. I’m just not sure what that would be….