People 2 - Angela Merkel & Heidi Klum

Learning Objective

Say some facts about Angela Merkel and Heidi Klum


Success Criteria

I can describe Angela Merkel and Heidi Klum

I know what Merkel and Klum do

I know some information about their childhood and past

I know some information about their careers


Key Vocabulary

Angela Merkel:  

Ich wurde 1954 in Hamburg geboren

Ich bin seit 2005 die Bundeskanzlerin von Deutschland

Ich bin in der DDR aufgewachsen

Bevor ich Politikerin wurde, war ich Physikerin

Ich habe keine Kinder

Ich spreche Deutsch and Russisch

Ich habe Angst vor Hunden



Heidi Klum: 

Ich wurde 1973 in Bergisch Gladbach geboren

Ich bin Jurorin bei der US TV-Sendung 'America's Got Talent' 

Ich war Moderatorin bei der 2006 Fußball-WM

Ich bin erfolgreiche Geschäftsfrau

Ich bin auch erfolgreiche Schauspielerin

Ich spreche Deutsch und Englisch

Ich habe vier Kinder 

Lesson Context

This is the second German lesson focusing on prominent German speakers and again, lots of the vocabulary will be new to the children. There is a real intercultural understanding element to this lesson with the use of the two YouTube clips, which highlight among other things, the German government's policy of welcoming Syrian refugees and the use of English words in the German language. Fun activities include 'Running Dictation' with a twist and 'Who is Speaking?'    



Powerpoint presentation

'Sport and Hobbies' flashcards for the starter activity

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision - printed front and back  

'Running Dictation' sheets - 1 put up on each wall of the classroom

YouTube clips - see bottom of page

Slide 2 - Main Introduction

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of 'Sport' and 'Hobbies' vocabulary 

Explain that the children should be using the 'Lob' words on slide 3 and let them get on with it. Reward children for using the 'Lob' words.


Slide 4 - Angela Merkel Introduction and Discussion

Ask the children if anyone knows anything about Angela Merkel. Play the YouTube clip to introduce Merkel to the whole class. Explain that the chancellor of Germany traditionally gives a new year's speech to the country. There are English subtitles in this clip. The role of 'Chancellor' in Germany is roughly equivalent to that of 'Prime Minister' in the UK or 'President' in the USA. Ask the children if they recognise any words/cognates from the clip (Jahr, viele, Ebola, Afrika, Syrien). Play up to the first 2 minutes. You could also ask the children some questions from the clip and you may want to discuss Germany's 'open' policy on accepting refugees from Syria, as it is talked about here


Slides 5 - 6 - Angela Merkel Information

Bring up the 'red' German writing first. Get children from the class to try to read the sentences out and see if anyone can have a go at translating the sentences into English. You may want to give the following clues/discuss:


Slide 5

Sentence 1 - geboren means born

Sentence 2 - seit means since

Sentence 3 - aufgewachsen - means grew up

On sentence 3, you may also want to mention that DDR means Deutsche Demokratische Republik or the old 'East Germany. I found that some of the children have heard of the Berlin Wall and some of the boys mentioned that they knew that 'West Germany' won the Football World Cup


Slide 6

Sentence 1 - Bevor means before

Sentence 4 - In German you say that you 'have fear/angst' - not you 'are afraid'


Slide 7 - Heidi Klum Introduction and Discussion

Ask the children if anyone has heard of or knows anything about Heidi Klum. Play the YouTube clip to introduce her to the whole class. Before you play the clip, ask the children to listen for any words they know or cognates from the clip. After the video, most children will have at least one word (Styling-Profis, hier, extra, perfekt, Hundert Prozent Catwalk Approved). This is a good opportunity to discuss the use of English loan words in German and the general prevalence of the English language in German popular culture


Slides 8 - 9 - Heidi Klum Information

Bring up the 'red' German writing first. Get children from the class to try to read the sentences out and see if anyone can have a go at translating the sentences into English. You may want to give the following clues/discuss:


Slide 8

Sentence 1 - geboren means born

Sentence 2 - Jurorin means judge

Sentence 3 - Moderatorin means presenter


Slide 9

Sentence 1 - efolgreich means successful and Geschäft means business

Sentence 2 - Schauspielerin means actress


Slide 10 - Running Dictation

This is slightly different to 'Running Dictation' played previously. Pin copies of the running dictation sheet (bottom of the page) around the classroom. Ask the children to work with a partner. One child has to go to the sheet and read it, then return to their partner and say it out loud. Both partners then have to write down what the 'runner' says in the corresponding box on the back of their hand outs. Both partners then have to tick the a box on the right to indicate whether they think Merkel or Klum would say that sentence.  As there are 12 lines on the sheet, the runner will have to go backwards and forwards several times between the paper and the group. The pair may swap roles after the 6th sentence and the winning pair earns a reward. After a few minutes, tell the children on number 12 'arbeit' means 'work' and see if they can figure the rest out for themselves


Slide 11 - Who is speaking?

Ask a child to come to the front of the class and stand with his/her back to the other children. Someone from the class then says one of the sentences that they wrote down in 'Running Dictation' (in a funny voice if they wish) and the person at the front has to guess who said the sentence. If the person at the front guesses correctly then they stay where they are, if not the 'speaker' gets to go to the front. The person at the front has the chance of earning a bonus reward if they are also able to correctly translate the sentence into English and say whether Merkel or Klum would say that sentence 


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the 'who is speaking' activity

Check achievement of the success criteria when you are on slide 12 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks). Ask the children if they can tell you anything about Angela Merkel and Heidi Klum

German People 2 - Merkel and Klum.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 2.3 MB
Vocabulary Sheet People 2 - Merkel and K
Microsoft Word Document 892.5 KB

Running Dictation Sheet People 2.docx
Microsoft Word Document 115.2 KB
Das Kartenspiel Sport and Hobbies.docx
Microsoft Word Document 47.7 KB