SL: Pflaster / Bandages

The next story for my 1st & 2nd graders is called Pflaster. I got it from one of my own 1st-grader’s early readers. In English it’s called Bandages, but I translated “Pflaster” as band-aids when I told the story.

Instructions for TWS students:

  1. Watch the video (below)
  2. Write the story into your German Story Listening Log (Get it HERE if you need it!)
  3. Choose ONE of the following exercises to complete. Take a picture of your completed work or take a video to post on SeeSaw.
    • Go back to the end of the video and choose three words to draw and label.
    • Tell the story to someone at home (in English).
    • Download the following PDF and choose ONE worksheet to complete: Pflaster Arbeitsblatt – GitA

* If you feel frustrated while watching the story, because you do not understand, please stop and choose another story!

 

The worksheets look like this:

Bonus: Go to the previous post and watch the video with the song on washing hands! Do you remember it?! “Hände waschen”!

Enjoy the story! I can’t wait to hear how it goes!!

SL: Axels Traktor VIDEO

My 3rd & 4th-graders usually have German on Fridays. So I wanted to post a video for them of a story that they had never heard before. I found this cute story in a picture book at the library. The original title is Arthur’s Traktor, and the book is by Pippa Goodhart.

Axels Traktor

I hope my students enjoy the story. It is a silly one!! It is kind of a modern day fairy tale. Arthur is plowing his field and has no idea that a princess is being chased by a dragon, and that a knight on horseback is following them! The ending may be even more unbelievable, however, as the princess stays with Arthur, and the prince flies off with the dragon!

While recording the live videos, my two boys are my audience. You will hear them chiming in, figuring out what some of the words mean. That is how Story Listening works! It is best when it is interactive. But while the kids are home from school, these videos will have to do.

Here is a link to the video:

SL: Die Schildkröte hat Geburtstag VIDEO

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.

Schildkröte hat Geburtstag

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 🙂

SL: Goldlöckchen / Goldilocks VIDEO

Today I told the classic, Goldilocks, for my remote Story Listening lesson. This is a nice beginner story, because it is so repetitive.

It is meant for my 1st and 2nd graders. However, if my 3rd or 4th graders decide to listen to it, here are the activities they could do after the story:

Instructions for TWS students (grade 3/4):

  1. Watch the video (below)
  2. Write the story into your German Story Listening Log (Get it HERE if you need it!)
  3. Choose ONE of the following exercises to complete. Take a picture of your completed work or take a video and email it back to me.
    • Retell the story to someone in English – take a video or make an audio recording.
    • Write a summary of the story in English – take a picture of it or record yourself reading it.
    • Draw your favorite scene from the story. Remember to put the story title on it! Take a picture.
    • Watch the video again and read along. (See the text below) Take a picture of your log, so we know you heard the story.

* If you feel frustrated while watching the story, because you do not understand, please stop and choose another story!

 

For some other accompanying materials, see this post.

And here is the text to go along with this story:

Story Listening at Home

While schools are closed, I want my German students to be able to continue learning. I am posting videos for them to watch in my YouTube channel. It’s called German in the Afternoon 🙂 And Kathrin Schechtman has a goldmine of stories that she has been recording this year!

I also want to keep my students accountable. So I made up a log for them to fill in when they watch a video. I also included ideas of things they can do after they watch. These post-viewing activities are not required. But students may enjoy them – and parents may appreciate having some extra activities for their kiddos! Click the images below to take a closer look. And download them below.

Download the log and instructions as a PDF here: Story Listening Log GitA

I’m also really excited to finally have created a logo for my work on various sites, such as YouTube, Instagram, and Pinterest. It’s not exactly what what dancing around in my mind, but it’s a good start! And Froggy helped me create it 🙂

GitA Logo4!

SL: Was trägt kleiner Bär? VIDEO

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!

SL: Brautschau / Looking for a Bride VIDEO

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.

Instructions for TWS students:

  1. Watch the video (below)
  2. Write the story into your German Story Listening Log (Get it HERE if you need it!)
  3. Choose ONE of the following exercises to complete. Take a picture of your completed work or take a video and email it back to me.
    • Retell the story to someone in English – take a video or make an audio recording.
    • Write a summary of the story in English – take a picture of it or record yourself reading it.
    • Draw your favorite scene from the story. Remember to put the story title on it! Take a picture.
    • Watch the video again and read along. (See the text below) Take a picture of your log, so we know you heard the story.

* If you feel frustrated while watching the story, because you do not understand, please stop and choose another story!

 

Here is the vocabulary list:

  • die Braut              bride
  • der Hirte              shepherd
  • heiraten               to marry / get married
  • 3 Mädchen         3 girls
  • Schwestern        sisters
  • schön                    pretty
  • Welche?              which?
  • die Wahl              choice
  • wählen                 to choose
  • Wie?                      how
  • die Mutter          mother
  • fragte                    asked
  • Rat                         advice
  • lade ein                invite
  • der Käse              cheese
  • anschneiden      to cut
  • die Rinde             rind
  • eilig                        in a hurry
  • schnell                  fast
  • warf weg             threw away
  • ordentlich           orderly
  • Frau                       wife

And here is the text to accompany the story:

SL: Die drei kleinen Schweinchen / The Three Little Pigs VIDEO

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….

Instructions for TWS students (grade 3/4):

  1. Watch the video (below)
  2. Write the story into your German Story Listening Log (Get it HERE if you need it!)
  3. Choose ONE of the following exercises to complete. Take a picture of your completed work or take a video and email it back to me.
    • Retell the story to someone in English – take a video or make an audio recording.
    • Write a summary of the story in English – take a picture of it or record yourself reading it.
    • Draw your favorite scene from the story. Remember to put the story title on it! Take a picture.
    • Watch the video again and read along. (See the text below) Take a picture of your log, so we know you heard the story.

* If you feel frustrated while watching the story, because you do not understand, please stop and choose another story!

When I taught this familiar tale using Story Listening last year, I also created some worksheets to go with it. You can find them in this post.

Here is the text to go along with the story:

SL: Klingelingeling – Take 3!

If you’ve read my posts from last year and the year before, you know that I LOVE this story! I love reading the book to my pre-k/kindergartners. And I love telling it to ALL my students as a Story Listening lesson 🙂

Upper Elementary:

Even though my 4th-graders have heard the story for the past two years, I thought it would be a great one to tell after winter break. The kids came back for just two days, and so I was in teaching German on Friday, January 3rd!

I decided to update it for the 4th-graders and added a few details and an extra paragraph. But for the 3rd-graders, I stuck to my original story. You can see the two boards here:

 

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4th Grade

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3rd Grade

So in 4th grade, the Schlitten was blue. And after crossing the fields, they went carefully through a forest (because really, what story of mine would be complete without mentioning a Wald?!)

In the top picture, you can also see that I was using the expressions that were created by my friend over at We Love Deutsch. The kids LOVE to say the phrases! I try to include a few in each story for them to use. Sometimes they are in the text of the story, and they repeat them. But sometimes I think about how you might react and make a little speech bubble in the margin of my prompter. Then I point to the expression, and they all say it. Now they often don’t even need any prompting!

Since it is a short story, I needed something to do to finish out our 30 minutes. So I taught them the song “Mein Hut, der hat drei Ecken.” See this post to read all about it!

Lower Elementary:

On the following Tuesday I had my first meeting with my 1st & 2nd graders. Again I told them Klingelingeling.

The 2nd-graders remembered it from last year and still enjoyed it. They get really excited by a familiar story.

The 1st-graders are new to Story Listening this year. However, most of them were here in kindergarten last year, and many of them were in pre-school before that. And so they have heard me read the book a number of times! They were also very excited to know the story!

I did not take pictures of my story boards in 1st & 2nd grade, but they were similar to the 3rd-grade board. However, I often do not write as many words for them.

I am working on creating video reviews of my stories. Stay tuned for the Klingelingeling video….

Nikolaus Story Listening VIDEO

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):

  • Drawings
  • Written Words
  • Synonyms
  • Antonyms
  • 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:

  1. Draw a picture of their favorite scene and find a sentence in the text to use as a caption.
  2. 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!