Today for our weather unit lesson, Froggy read a book called Elmar mag jedes Wetter. It’s a pretty simple book. But at this stage, simple is good!
At the same time, it wasn’t quite enough to fill out a full lesson. So I created a worksheet to go with it. It, too, is rather simple. Since Elmar likes all weather, the answer to each question is Ja! But I added a bit more to personalize it:
It also sneaks in a little work on how to say that you like something!
You can download the PDF here: Elmar mag jedes Wetter – GitA
For our first session of Lesestunde (Story Hour), I like to do a topic that is all about “ME!” So we read books and sing songs about the body and feelings. For the end of the session, I prepared a few variations of activities, so the children could also report on themselves.
Download the PDF file here: das-lied-uber-mich
Here are the books we read:
- Heute bin ich by Mies van Hout (2015)
- Das bin ich by Heinz Janisch & Birgit Antoni (2014)
- Von Kopf bis Fuß by Eric Carle (2011)
And here are the songs we sang:
- “Wenn du glücklich bist”
- “Meine Finger, Meine Finger” (Die 30 Besten Spiel- und Bewegungslieder, Vol. 3)
- “Kopf und Schulter, Knie und Fuß”
- “Das Lied über mich” (Volker Rosin)
You can download all the lyrics here: lieder-16-sept-2016 (PDF)
Okay, we didn’t really go to the zoo. (Although we’re talking about it, and I have a few ideas for including some German on the trip … so stay tuned for that!)
Today in Story Hour, we talked about zoo animals. We read books:
- Hör mal im Zoo by Anne Möller (Carlsen, 2012) – The children really enjoyed hearing the animal sounds!
- Wo ist Mami? by Axel Scheffler & Julia Donaldson (Beltz & Gelberg, 2016)
- Von Kopf bis Fuß by Eric Carle (Gerstenberg, 2011)
- 1, 2, 3 ein Zug zum Zoo by Eric Carle (Gerstenberg, 2015)
We sang songs:
- “Ich bin ein dicker Tanzbär”
- “Ein Elefant ging ohnt Hetz”
- “Unser kleiner Bär im Zoo”
Finally, the children each got to plan out their own zoo! I gave them a blank map and some animal stickers. They placed their animals and then colored the map as they chose.
Click here for the PDF map: Zoo Karte PDF
I just bought some stickers and cut them up, so that each child received the same six animals:
Here’s my example:
Here are some samples of the children’s work from story hour:
You can also do a larger version of this project using a roll of butcher paper (which you can also get at Ikea). It works best with one-on-one, as opposed to in a group. Cut off a long section and secure it to the floor with painter’s tape. Let your child help decide where the different animals live and where the paths should be. Use multiple stickers of the animals. And once your zoo is complete, add small toy animals. Use small figures to walk through the zoo. Have fun and be creative!
Today, I’ll be teaching a lesson based on Eric Carle’s book, Die kleine Spinne spinnt und schweigt.
First, we will review the five farm animals they learned when we read Klingelingeling:
- die Katze
- der Hund,
- das Schwein
- die Ente
- das Pferd
Then I’ll use more images to introduce the other animals (and insect!) in the story:
- die Kuh
- das Schaf
- die Ziege
- der Hahn
- die Eule
- die Spinne
For the images, I found Eric Carle’s images in a bulletin board set on Amazon. (Nope, I don’t get compensation for mentioning this product! 🙂 )
We will also talk about the different sounds the animals make in German.
Next we sing “Die winzig kleine Spinne.” There are several German versions, including one called “Imse Bimse Spinne.” But this is the one that I know:
Die winzig kleine Spinne
kroch auf den Wasserhahn.
Dann kam der Regen
und ward sie aus der Bahn!
Dann kam die Sonne
und trocknet wieder auf.
Und die winzig kleine Spinne
kroch wiederum hinauf!
Finally, I will read the book to the children. I love to be dramatic when reading books to children 🙂 So I exaggerate the animal sounds and read in voices that sound like the various animals.
I always try to bring a craft or a coloring page for the children. This week, I’ll bring a coloring page with the six new animals on one side and the words to the song on the other. Here you can download a copy of the coloring sheet, which includes an extra page with the first five animals as well: Malvorlage kleine Spinne (PDF)
We have loved Eric Carle’s book about the hungry caterpillar for years! I wanted to share it with Froggy’s class last week. So I created some picture cards to introduce the words. For this set, I added cards with words and numbers, too.
Included in this set are:
- image cards
- images with numbers, 1-5
- images with words (fruit in both singular and plural)
- words only
Print them full-size for wall posters or to have large images to introduce to a class. Or print them 6-to-a-page for flashcards or a memory or matching game.
If you want to use them for Memory, be sure to use a thicker cardstock, so that the images don’t show through 🙂
I’d love to hear how you use the cards!
Click here to download: kleine Raupe Posters (PDF file)
In addition to the posters, there is also a coloring page with the caterpillar and the five different fruits, labeled with colors and numbers. Download here: kleine Raupe Essen Farben Zahlen Malvorlage (PDF file)