For our shape unit, we’ll be using some materials I bought a few years ago on TeachersPayTeachers.com. It was created by Open Wide the World, who has a number of German-language units. In fact, the weather unit I used last month was also created by them.
The unit costs only $3.50, and you can purchase it here. And here’s what you get:
a single page display featuring all 10 shapes
10 individual posters, one shape & shape name per page
“Bang!” game cards & directions
3 sets of flashcards for games & drill work: 1 set with shapes and shape names, 1 set with shape images only, 1 set with shape names only
2 mini books
1/4-page sized mini book: trace the shape name and draw the shape
1/2-page sized mini book: fill in the blank with the shape name, color the image, and read aloud with a partner (level = emergent reading, repetitive sentence structure)
includes answer key
I’m excited to start using all these colorful materials!
Froggy is still into weather, so we’re continuing with the topic. I have to admit, I haven’t gotten to work on my own materials much lately. So I’m still relying on some great resources I’ve found online.
I do have a couple of ideas up my sleeve, though! I found some fun books related to Weather and want to create some worksheets to go with them.
We also had an idea for a super fun project! We’re going to do a weather comparison for some familiar places. Well, sort of familiar. We’ll be comparing our own weather in Philadelphia with Germany, Austria, and Switzerland (where our 3 au pairs are from!) along with the Netherlands (where PER is from, and where Oma & Opa still live). More on that soon….
For now, here is what we’ve been up to this week:
- Day 1:
- A quick weather worksheet that also provided an opportunity to talk about dates (Datum) and seasons. The season part was easy enough, but we had to talk about the words Datum and Monat. Nonetheless, he zipped through it quickly, which was perfect for a tired Monday afternoon. The worksheet was a page from an entire German online workbook from Lehrmittelperlen. I think we’ll be using the rest of it for other topics, too! (Lehrmittelperlen is a site full of German teaching resources that costs about €20 per year.)
- Day 2
- Today we read a simple book: Elmar mag jedes Wetter by David McKee (translated from English; Thienemann, 2016). I made up a worksheet to go with it. See my post for the details and download!
- Day 3-5
- Time to start a weather project! We are going to record the weather in our town (Philadelphia), Germany, Austria, Switzerland, and the Netherlands. I’m working on a document for our recordings. I’ll post it as soon as it’s been tested and ready to go! The plan is to record the weather for a month and then graph our findings. We’ll see how it goes! I’d be happy with a week, I suppose!
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
With Columbus Day coming up, we were going to miss our first October meeting of Story Hour. So we snuck in an extra session on the last Friday of September. Perfect timing, since fall has just begun!
We started out by reviewing numbers. I just grabbed the blocks from the play area to go over numbers 1-10. For the first book (Zehn Blätter fliegen davon), I had put sticky notes on each page to count the leaves that had flown from the tree. That way, the children had the chance to review the numbers again. At the end of the story hour, we did two activities to practice numbers.
- Zehn Blätter fliegen davon by Anne Möller (2008)
- Manuel & Didi. Das zweite große Buch der kleinen Mäuseabenteuer (“Der Apfel”) by Erwin Moser (2009)
- Der Herbst steht auf der Leiter by Peter Hacks (2012)
- “Bunt sind schon die Wälder” (Here, you can find lyrics and music.)
- “Der Apfelbaum” (Die 30 Besten Spiel- und Bewegungslieder) Click for youtube video
- “Der Herbst steht auf der Leiter”
All of these songs are available to download through Amazon.de!
1. Klebe das Blatt mit der passenden Zahl an den Baum. In addition to the handout, I used foam leaf stickers. I wrote a number on each one (1 – 10), and the children had to match the leaf sticker to the number on the tree. Download the PDF here: zehn-blatter-arbeitsblatt-gita
2. Malen nach Zahlen Download the PDF here: malen-nach-zahlen-herbstblatt-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!
Our space fun continued today on our third German Date 🙂
I hadn’t had time to create anything snazzy before I picked up Froggy from school. So while we dug into our fro-yo, I whipped up a quick worksheet to go with some stickers I’d picked up at the craft store. The planet stickers are by Mrs Grossmann’s. They come with six planets, so I created questions to go with them.
Don’t look too closely! When I got home, AP2 found a few mistakes! Well, I wrote up the activity in a more formal document – with corrections! – and you can download it here:
Space Sticker Activity (PDF)
We also used the activity as an opportunity to practice German letters. Once Froggy came up with the answer, I spelled the planet in German for him. Those vowels get a bit confusing!
I tried to get him to play Hangman (Galgenmenschen) with me as well, but I couldn’t persuade him. It would be another great way to practice those letters!
Instead, we brought out the Space Cards again. This time, we played Fische! (Go Fish!). We used two sets of the cards. He chose to use the set with pictures and words plus the set with just pictures. I think it might have helped to put out the set with pictures and words, since I’m still learning which planets are which! Then we could have matched picture cards to word cards. But the game still was lots of fun. We played twice! Here you can see my hand, the deck of cards for “fishing,” and Froggy’s matches.