Morgens früh um sechs

Just in time for Halloween!

For ages I have been wanting to teach the song “Morgens früh um sechs” to my young school children. But it’s a rather tricky song in parts, so I knew they would need some help.

Finally I have created some word posters to introduce the main vocabulary of the song. And I made a coloring page that they can take home with the images and words to the song. Here’s how it all looks:

Download the word posters for FREE here: Morgens früh um sechs Plakaten GitA

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Download the coloring page for FREE here: Morgens früh um sechs Malvorlage GitA

Greetings! / Begrüßungen

My German Club kids are asking to learn some basic phrases. So after our Story Listening lesson, I’ll be introducing some conversational vocabulary. We are going to start with greetings (Begrüßungen).

You can always say Hallo! for hello or Tschüss! for goodbye. But then you can get more specific.

  • Guten Morgen – good morning
  • Guten Tag – good day
  • Guten Abend – good evening
  • Gute Nacht – good night
  • Auf Wiedersehen – goodbye (until we see each other again)

I made some word posters to introduce the vocab. There are posters with words, pictures only, and words only. Download the PDF for FREE here: Greetings Posters GitA

I also made some simple worksheets to go with the posters.

  • match the greeting to the picture
  • write the greeting under the picture
  • word scramble
  • word search

The PDF also has all of the solutions to the activities. You can download the PDF for FREE here: Greetings Arbeitsblätter GitA

And here is what they look like (click on the image to see a larger version):

Viel Spaß! Auf Wiedersehen!

Useful Phrases for the German Classroom

I was looking around for some posters to hang in my classroom with useful phrases, such as Ich verstehe nicht or Wie sagt man? I found some, but of course not exactly what I was looking for. So I made some of my own. Maybe you will find them useful, too?

So far, I made 5 phrases. You can download the PDF here: Basic Classroom Phrases (GitA)

Let me know what you think! Did I miss any?

Hobbys

I have been wanting to do a little lesson to get to know my students better, especially the 1st & 2nd graders. So I thought they could make a little booklet about themselves. Today we started with the first page: Hobbies.

But I just couldn’t teach them without telling them a little story. According to the method of Story Listening, you do not teach targeted words or make up your own story. But I broke the rules and wrote a short script that would help to link our lesson on hobbies. Next week, we’ll be back to real Story Listening!

Here is my short story:

Jürgens Hobbys

Es war einmal ein Junge. Er hieß Jürgen. Jürgen war 7 Jahre alt.

Eines Tages hatte Jürgen Langweile. Er fragte seine Mama: „Mama, was kann ich tun?“ – Seine Mama sagte: „Finde ein Hobby!“

Zuerst spielte Jürgen mit der Katze. Aber das wurde langweilig.

Zweitens arbeitete er im Garten. Aber das wurde langweilig.

Drittens spielte er mit einem Ball. Aber das wurde langweilig.

Viertens malte er ein Bild. Aber das wurde langweilig.

Fünftens las er ein Buch. Aber das wurde langweilig.

Endlich spielte er mit seinen Legosteinen. Er baute einen großen Turm aus Legosteinen. Aber der Turm fiel um. Er baute ein Auto aus Legosteinen. Er baute ein Flugzeug aus Legosteinen. Er baute ein Schiff aus Legosteinen. Er baute … und baute … und baute. Aber es wurde nie langweilig!

Endlich hatte Jürgen ein Hobby!

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I forgot to take a picture of my board, but you can see my practice drawings above.

After the quick story, I showed them the booklets. They look like this:

You can download the PDF of the booklet here: Das bin ich GitA. The file includes two versions: one with the writing lines as seen, and one with just two solid lines for older children who do not need the guidance anymore.

So far, the booklet includes:

  • Lieblingshobby (favorite hobby)
  • Lieblingsfeiertag (favorite holiday)
  • Lieblingsbuch (favorite book)

We only worked on the hobbies today. We’ll continue to add to the book, and I hope to add more topics, too. Maybe a page about facts, such as age, a description (hair color, eye color), where they are from, etc.

I also made some vocabulary posters, so the kids could just copy down their favorite hobby. Here is what they look like:

There are also individual posters for soccer, football, and baseball, plus one for riding horses. You can download the PDF file here: Das bin ich Wortschatzposters GitA. The file also include posters for the holidays.

It seems that Legos are a big hit. No surprise there! Followed by sports, drawing/coloring, animals, and riding horses. The answers were actually rather diverse! Although no one listed working in the garden as a favorite hobby 🙂

Gefühle: Today I feel…

We just finished our Martin’s Day activities, and I was looking for a lesson to do with the children right before Thanksgiving. I guess a topic of Thanks would have been obvious. But I have been wanting to read a favorite book with the classes, so I decided to give a lesson on feelings.

I have some feeling word posters that I made earlier this year, so I chose three of those to teach: froh (happy), müde (tired), and aufgeregt (excited).

You can download all the feeling posters for FREE here: Gefühle Wortschatz Posters GitA  There are 12 feelings in all:

  • glücklich
  • traurig
  • verwirrt
  • böse
  • müde
  • aufgeregt
  • Angst haben
  • verlegen
  • enttäuscht
  • nervös
  • überrascht
  • schlecht gelaunt
  • froh

I added froh at the end, because I thought it is an easier word for younger children to say. The file includes:

  • pictures with words in just German
  • pictures with words in German and English
  • just pictures without words
  • just words

I also made a coloring page to send home. I always like to give the parents and idea of what the children learned in class.

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You can download that for FREE, too! Gefühle Malvorlage – GitA

Okay, so after we talk about those three feelings – and whatever other feelings come up! – I am going to read Kaninchen ist sooo müde by Julia Donaldson and Axel Scheffler (Beltz & Gelberg, 2000). It’s a sweet little lift-the-flap book from the creators of Der Gruffalo.

Kaninchen ist sooo mude

It ends with the rabbit’s friends singing “Der Mond ist aufgegangen.” So of course, we’ll end class with that song!

Story Listening: Der süße Brei

This week’s Story Listening lesson was Der süße Brei (The Sweet Porridge). It comes from the collection of Grimm’s fairy tales. But it is not very well-known here in the US.

At first the children thought it was Goldilocks. Good guess. But no 🙂  Afterward, some children were reminded of Tomi dePaola’s book Strega Nona. I love when they make connections! Maybe I’ll have to tell that one later in the year??

Here’s my finished board:

 

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Yup. I have a chalkboard this year! Can’t remember the last time I used a chalkboard 🙂

I created some work for the students to do in between our weekly classes again. But honestly, their curriculum is already so packed, I don’t think they have time to do them. That’s okay, though. It would be more for reinforcement. But the stories alone are enough 🙂

I’ll still share with you what I created here:

There is a vocabulary worksheet. Students are given an image and the German word; they have to write the English. Then they are given a booklet with the story. The words from the vocab sheet are in bold. They have to illustrate the book.

Download the vocabulary sheet for FREE: Der süße Brei Wortschatz GitA

Download the booklet for FREE: Der süße Brei booklet GitA

The story is available on the Great Story Reading Project 🙂

Höflichkeit im Unterricht

This year I have decided to put more emphasis on polite expressions in the pre-K/kindergarten class. Because such expressions are a sign of respect, they are consistently taught in the Montessori classroom.

In the past, we have always had the children say “Danke” when they receive their coloring page. But I am hoping to add more expressions, such as “Entschuldigung” and even “Guten Appetit!”

I have made some posters to help teach the words to the children. Although I only intend to focus on one expression at a time and then reinforce it throughout the year.

Our first word is Danke!

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I will also send a coloring page home with the children to reinforce the word:

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You can download all of the polite expressions posters for FREE here: Höflichkeit Posters GitA

And you can download the Danke! coloring page for FREE here: Danke Malvorlage GitA

As I create more coloring pages, I will be sure to post them!