SL: 2nd-Year Stories

Teaching German Using Story Listening in the Elementary School

2019 – 2020

I am now in my second year of teaching German and continue to use Story Listening in every class. For the most part, I am using the same story with my 3rd and 4th-graders. Although I sometimes simplify the story for 3rd grade. In 2nd grade, I am using different, simpler stories. For the first few stories in 2nd grade, I used the same story in 1st grade. I felt the 2nd-graders needed a bit of review and wanted to make sure they felt confident in the Story Listening method.

In addition to teaching in the Elementary classes, I am offering a German Club. I wanted our 5th-graders to have the opportunity to continue with German, since they switch to Spanish in 5th grade. For the fall session, I have a small group, but they are so attentive and so much fun to work with! And I can do more challenging stories with them, and they really get it!

Grade 2 (Fall 2019)

  1. Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt – my own variation of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar
  2. Goldlöckchen (Goldilocks)
  3. Danke, Bär (Thank You, Bear) by Greg Foley
  4. In einem dunklen, dunklen Zimmer – my own adaptation of In a Dark, Dark Room from a collection of scary stories in the I Can Read (Level 2) series
  5. Das Geräusch (Goblin Story) – from the book Little Bear’s Visit by Else Holmelund Minarik
  6. Die kleine, alte Frau, die vor nichts Angst hatte (The Little Old Lady Who Was Not Afraid of Anything) by Linda Williams
  7. Die Legende von Sankt Martin (The Legend of St. Martin)
  8. Nikolaus und die drei Töchter (Nikolaus and the Three Daughters) – a legend about St. Nikolaus

Grades 3 & 4 (Fall 2019)

  1. Die kleine Raupe Nimmersatt, version 2 – my own variation of Eric Carle’s The Very Hungry Caterpillar with a bit more detail
  2. Das kleine Blau und das kleine Gelb (Little Blue and Little Yellow) – by Leo Leonni
  3. Die Prinzessin auf der Erbse (The Princess and the Pea) by Hans Christian Anderson
  4. Georg und der Drache (George and the Dragon) by Chris Wormell
  5. Kleiner Buh (Little Boo) by Stephen Wunderli
  6. In einem dunklen, dunklen Zimmer – my own adaptation of In a Dark, Dark Room from a collection of scary stories in the I Can Read (Level 2) series
  7. Die Legende von Sankt Martin (The Legend of St. Martin)
  8. Sterntaler (a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm – works nicely with Martinstag)
  9. Nikolaus und die drei Töchter (Nikolaus and the Three Daughters) – a legend about St. Nikolaus

Club: Grades 4 & 5 (Fall 2019)

  1. Die Loreley (The Lorelei) is the legend of a Siren on the Rhine River
  2. Schneewittchen (Snow White) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  3. Frau Holle (Mother Hulda) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  4. Schneeweißchen und Rosenrot (Snow White and Rose Red) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  5. Hänsel und Gretel (Hansel und Gretel) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm
  6. Die Legende von Sankt Martin (The Legend of St. Martin) – a longer version that includes the story of Martin hiding in the goose stall!
  7. Die Wichtelmänner (The Elves and the Shoemaker) – a fairy tale from the collection of the Brothers Grimm