Phone 2

Learning Objective

Speak on the phone in German


Success Criteria

I can have a conversation on the phone in German

I know that different countries have different dialling codes

I can play German card and number games 


Key Vocabulary

Hier ist ...

... ist dran

das Telefon

Es Klingelt

Auf wiederhören

Mein neues Telefon

Auf wiederhören

die Nummer ist ...




die Schweiz


Vocabulary from the 'Maths auf Deutsch' Zeit für Deutsch activity

Vocabulary from the '5 Questions' Zeit für Deutsch activity

Numbers 1 - 32 and above


Lesson Context

This is the second lesson on the 'phone' topic and it begins by revising the conversational telephone vocabulary from last week. The children will also revise extra telephone vocabulary by playing 'Pairs'. There is a strong focus on numbers this lesson, particularly numbers over 20 as it may have been months since the children learnt how to say these. The children will revise how to count to 32 and above and the lesson will have a real 'Zeit für Deutsch' feel with competitions, 'Turn Toss' and doing Maths in German. You will explain the idea of countries having different dialling codes and then the children will take part in memory games where they have to remember telephone numbers. The lesson will end with randomly selected children taking part in the 'Blue Success Criteria' which involves pretending to speak on the phone in German.   



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Flashcards (Numbers and Animals) for the starter activity. The numbers vocabulary will be useful in this lesson

Numbered bean bags (or similar). Ones with German on would be even better (try Little Linguist or EQD)

Toy telephone

Match Up cards for the 'Pairs' activity

A crown

Main Introduction

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC

Highlight the 'Blue' Success Criteria - 'I can have a conversation on the phone in German'. Explain that at the end of the lesson you will randomly select (and reward) children who are able to do this. 


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of Numbers vocabulary and Animals

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. Some of the 'numbers' vocabulary will be useful in today's lesson.


Slide 4 - Phone conversation transcript

As a 'Starter Activity' to the main lesson, repeat the phone conversation transcript activity that was used in 'Phone 1':


Choose a child to have a German telephone conversation with, using the transcript on the IWB. Give the chosen child a toy phone and use one yourself to add to the feel of this being a phone conversation, not just a regular conversation. Play the role of '1' with the child and then switch to the role of '2', saying your names where the blank lines are. Repeat with a different child.


Now throw in some of the 'red' questions into the conversation and see if the volunteer can answer them using the red answers next to the questions to help them. Point this out if they are struggling. Now get the volunteer to ask some red questions. You should be building up to as long a conversation as you can. Now point out that you can replace 'wunderbar' with any of the green 'praise' vocabulary on the slide. They should have already been using this today in the Flashcard Game. Finally mention that while 'auf wiedersehen' can be translated as 'see you again', on the phone you can say 'auf wiederhören', which can be translated as 'hear you again'.


Give the children 5 minutes to have a telephone conversation with their partners. Tell them that after the 5 minutes, you will randomly choose some pairs and if they can have a telephone conversation in German, they will earn a reward. If the pair manage to use some 'red' vocabulary, the reward will be even better (such as a triple sticker).


Slides 5 and 6 - Extra Phone Vocabulary and Pairs

Using the 'Match Up' cards from last week, the children will play pairs to revise this vocabulary. Playing in groups of up to 4, ask the children to spread the cards out face down and then take it in turns to turn them over, two at a time. If the English and German match, the pair is kept. The winner is the child wit the most pairs at the end


Slides 7 and 8 - Practise of numbers to 32 and above

The children should know the numbers 1-20. If not sag mir nach these numbers. Now sag mir nach the numbers on slide 7. Then get the children to say the numbers without your help.


Move on to slide 8 and sag mir nach the numbers. Finally get the children to say the numbers on their own. Point out that you could follow this pattern all the way to 99 (mention siebzig - not siebenzig). 


Now let the children practise counting as high as they can on their tables for a minute. After that randomly choose 3 children to compete against each other, whoever can count the highest wins.  


Next challenge the class to see how high they can count by throwing der Frosch around the classroom, with each catcher saying the next number in the sequence. If someone says the wrong number, if der Frosch gets dropped or if anyone stands up, then the game is over and they have to start again. The class gets goes to reach a high total. Tell them that you will tell other classes how well they do.


Slide 9 - Maths in German  

Ask the children basic mathematical questions such as 'was ist sieben plus sechs?' The children should answer in full sentences such as 'sieben plus sechs ist dreizehn' or even 'der Antwort ist dreizehn'. They can use 'macht' if they remember that from the start of last lesson. Extend by asking the fraction questions e.g. 'Was ist ein Viertel von zwölf?'


Slide 10 - The number is ...

Sag mir nach the German vocabulary on the slide. Tell the children that if they want to dial a number abroad from the UK, they have to use a dialling code before dialling the number. Explain that I have given them the dialling codes of German speaking countries. Also if you want to call the UK from abroad, you first have to dial 00 44.


Now pretend that you are dialling a number on a phone and say the numbers out loud in German. Randomly select children to tell you the number you dialled (in German) and in which country the number is, based on the dialling code. Use a maximum of 10 numbers and the children can use pencils and paper for this. Repeat a couple of times and then do the activity again but this time say the numbers in English and the randomly selected children have to tell you the number and country in German. Let the children play this with their partner on their tables for 3 - 5 minutes.


Extra Activity

Hand out some numbered bean bags, say 'die Nummer ist' and then read out a telephone number twice. The children then have to line up in the order of the telephone number. Give them a time limit and repeat the activity a few times with different children. If you have double digit bean bags, you could read out numbers between 11-20 to challenge the children. 


Slide 11/Plenary - King/Queen of Knowledge

  • One child starts off as the King/Queen of Knowledge. S/he sits on a 'throne' at the front of the class and wears a crown.
  • The other children are given 1 minute to think of a sentence in English that they know the German to, relating to today's lesson.
  • Choose a child randomly to say their sentence in English. The King/Queen must then translate that sentence into German. If they are able to they remain on the throne and choose another child. If they are unable to translate then the challenger becomes the King/Queen (as long as they can translate their own sentence).
  • Continue until the time limit or amount of questions is reached.
  • The child who is on the throne at the end receives a celebration and wins a reward.  

Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the success criteria after the King/Queen activity

Check achievement of the success criteria by highlighting the 'Blue SC' and questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks). Add to the drama of this 'Blue SC test' by dialling a number out loud and saying 'es klingelt' beforehand.

Phone 2.pptx
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Das Kartenspiel Numbers and Animals.docx
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Vocabulary Sheet Phone 2.docx
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Match up Cards.docx
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