I have been thinking a lot about my students and how they are coping with home learning. It is such a challenging situation. My own kids are in 1st & 4th grade, so I know what is being asked of my elementary German students. We have good days and bad days. Mostly my kiddos get their class work done, but it’s usually too much to ask them to do the specials work, too.
So I wanted to create something that would add an element of fun to my German lessons. And I wanted to be able to let the students CHOOSE. I had been sending out lessons each week with 3 or 4 options. But that gets overwhelming. So I started thinking about making a bingo board! Then I just happened to see a blog post on how to make a choice board, and I knew this is what I was going to do!
As the instructions told me, I created the board in Google Slides. Then I started adding one slide per activity. I already had many of the activities prepared, so I just had to write them up and create the links. Here is what the main board looks like:
I’m sorry I can’t share the actual board. However some of the files are private or copyrighted. But here are a few of the slides:
There are 16 activities in all. I had started with 25, but then I realized we only have a few more weeks of school! So I made it smaller. The activities in order from left to right, starting at the top, are:
- Learn the song/dance “Fliegerlied”
- Learn some sports and complete a crossword puzzle or word search
- Sing “Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken” (read more about this from our class here!)
- Elefant und Schweinchen: Du hast einen Vogel auf dem Kopf
- Elefant und Schweinchen: Kommst du raus zum Spielen?
- Basteln: Make a paper gingerbread heart (see this post!)
- Make Pfannkuchen (see this post!)
- Watch Peppa Wutz (learn to draw Peppa in this post!)
- Learn a dance from Dance Company Leipzig (you can find them in YouTube!)
- Make a secret message (here is the video!)
- Elefant und Schweinchen: Das Buch über uns
- Watch a Story Listening Fairy Tale (all on my YouTube Channel: German in the Afternoon!)
- Watch a Story Listening Story (also on my YouTube Channel: German in the Afternoon)
- Elefant und Schweinchen: Muss ich was abgeben?
- Yoga auf Deutsch (see this post!)
- ?? Mystery block!
I intentionally left a box blank! I wanted my students to have a chance to give suggestions. I also have not yet created the crafting activity.
I’m so excited for this project! I had such fun putting it together. I hope my students will be inspired. If they don’t get to the activities now, I’m wondering if they might try doing some of them after school is officially over for the year?? We are still homebound in our area, so I imagine kids – and parents – will be looking for things to do!