I did a little experiment today! I recorded a Story Listening lesson based on Die Schildkröte hat Geburtstag (The Turtle has a Birthday) by Elizabeth Shaw. it is an original German story in a collection.
I recorded it yesterday in a live version. And then I recorded it today in a drawing version. I wonder which one you prefer???
So which version do you prefer?? Take the poll and let me know!
Leave a comment below to tell me why you liked one over the other!
I am still getting used to using the Explain Everything app for drawing these stories. Sometimes it seems to stumble a little, but I don’t think you miss anything. I wish it were a bit more fluid. Hopefully as I get better using the app, it will be more fluid, too 🙂
Here is another video I posted as a German Story Listening lessons. It’s called Was trägt kleiner Bär? and is based on the story What Will Little Bear Wear? by Else Holmelund Minarik. I wrote abouttelling this story in class last year. But now you can see a video drawing of the story on my YouTube channel.
I am labeling my stories for my students’ grade levels. This story is for my 1st and 2nd graders. That may or may not be appropriate for all 1st & 2nd grade students.
A Story Listening lesson should be enjoyable. It should feel familiar, while bringing in some new words and phrases. If it feels frustrating, it is probably too difficult. Just stop and choose another story!
With the kids home from school for at least the next two weeks, I wanted to start uploading more videos to my YouTube channel. I am using two methods to tell German stories. First, I am drawing stories with the Explain Everything app. Second, I am taking live videos of me giving a Story Listening lesson to my own two boys (who happen to also be my students in school, in 1st & 4th grade).
Today I did a live video of a Grimm fairy tale called Brautschau (Looking for a Bride). It’s a short story. But it can be a bit tricky to understand. So I wanted to share a vocabulary list here, just in case. I also will share the text of the story below.
I originally posted this video when I created it earlier in March. At that time it was meant for a review or a sub lesson in a pinch. Now that students are learning from home, however, it will work nicely as a remote lesson.
This is a great beginner story. However, if my 3rd & 4th graders choose to watch it, here are the instructions for what to do after the story….