German Dictionary 3

Learning Objective

Use an English-German Dictionary


Success Criteria

I can find adjectives to describe animals and characters

I can use modal verbs

I can find other verbs to use in a sentence with modal verbs

I can find other kinds of words to talk about animals and characters

Key Vocabulary:

die Maus

das Insekt

das Zebra 

der Affe 

die Schildkröte 

die Eule 

die Spinne 

der Seehund 

der Mensch 

das Eichhörnchen 


ich bin

ich gehe in

ich spiele mit

ich esse gern

ich schwimme

ich mag

ich mache





ich kann

du kannst

er kann

sie kann

es kann

Sie können

wir können



ich will

du willst

er will

sie will

es will

Sie wollen

wir wollen



ich muss

du musst

er muss

sie muss

es muss

Sie müssen

wir müssen

Lesson Context

This is the third German lesson with a focus on dictionary use. The children will put what they have learnt over the last 2 weeks onto paper in the writing tasks. They will pretend to be animals or well known characters and use the 'I' conjugation of several verbs to form sentences, using their dictionaries to help them. The children will also be using the modal verbs 'können', 'wollen' and 'müssen' to create more complex sentences containing 2 verbs    



Powerpoint presentation

'Sport and Hobbies' flashcards for the starter activity

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

German-English Dictionaries - I use the 'Collins German School Dictionary' but any medium or larger sized dictionary is fine:

2 Writing Task sheets - I would stick these in the children's books before the start of the lesson

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. Lots of the verbs from these lessons may prove useful in the writing tasks


Slide 4 - 'Ich bin' and other 'I' conjugations of verbs

Sag mir nach the vocabulary on these slides. Tell the children that they will be pretending to be different animals and characters this lesson. Everybody in the class will be expected to use 'ich bin' followed by an adjective. The other verbs are there to use for those children who wish to challenge themselves. Now ask some translation questions where the children will need to use slide 4, together with their dictionaries/previous knowledge, e.g.


I am clever

I run slowly

I go in the house

I play with my friends

I like to eat fish

I swim well

I like mice

I make a web


Slides 5 - 14 'New' Animals with verbs

Sag mir nach the vocabulary on these slides, asking the occasional translation question using the verbs on slide 4 and their dictionaries, for example:

Slide 5 (mouse) - I like to eat cheese

Slide 6 (insect) - I am scary

Slide 7 (zebra) - I am stripy

Slide 8 (monkey) - I play with my children and I am intelligent



Slide 15 - 'Ich bin' and other 'I' conjugations of verbs - Same as slide 4

Revisit this slide and then point out some children in the class and ask (nice) translation questions such as :

I swim often

I am hard working

I like (football team)

I go to the cinema


You can do not so nice translations about yourself if you wish


Slides 16 - 19- Characters

These characters are also at the bottom of the children's hand outs. With each of the 4 characters, get the children to make up a sentence using to be (or another verb), together with using their dictionaries. Reward the children who come up with accurate sentences to describe the characters


Slide 20 - Writing Task 1 - 3

Using the 'Dictionary 3' writing task sheets and all of the vocabulary from the lesson so far, get the children to write a new sentence next to numbers 1, 2 and 3 on their writing task sheets. The children should do both pages (7 in total) but leave number 4 in each case 


Slides 21 - 22 - Secret Signal - können

Sag mir nach the vocabulary on slide 21. Now ask one child to leave the room and agree with the rest of the class on a secret signal, such as touching your nose. Choose a child to perform this signal at any given moment. Bring the first child back into the room and ask the class to say 'ich kann' (the first item on the list) in a chant. Every time the class sees the designated person do the agreed secret signal, they move onto the next phrase in the list - du kannst. The child has to guess who is doing the signal before the class gets to the bottom of the list. If the child who went outside guesses correctly, they earn a reward. If the class get to the bottom, the 'signaller' and somebody else from the class, earn a reward.


Slides 23 - 24 - müssen and wollen

Sag mir nach the different conjugations of these verbs. Explain that today you would be happy if the children simply used 'ich kann', but if they want to challenge themselves, they can also use 'ich will' and 'ich muss'


Slide 25 - Translate

This slide is for you to demonstrate how German works when there are 2 verbs in a sentence. Reveal each answer one at a time, and explain the translation, highlighting how the second verb gets sent to the end of the sentence, for example:

1) I can run fast - Ich kann schnell rennen - In English the verbs are in 2nd and 3rd place but in German then 2nd verb gets sent to the end, so you end up saying 'I can fast run'

2) I want to swim - Ich will schwimmen - In English we add the word 'to' but there is no need for that in German. As the 2nd verb comes straight after the 1st verb, you end up saying 'I want swim'


The children may want to write the translations on their sheets as you reveal them.


Slide 26 - Writing Task 4

On their writing task sheets, the children should have left number 4 next to all of the pictures. They will now complete number 4, beginning each sentence with 'Ich kann' (or Ich will/Ich muss). You may want to give a few examples for the first one - the Gruffalo:

Ich kann viel essen - I can eat alot

Ich will ein Maus finden - I want to find a mouse


The children will need to use their dictionaries for this task, especially when looking for the infinitive of verbs to complete their sentences


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the second writing task. Ask some children to read out their sentences

Check achievement of the success criteria when you are on slide 27 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks)

German Dictionary 3.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 15.6 MB
Vocabulary Sheet Dictionary 3.docx
Microsoft Word Document 791.5 KB

Dictionary 3 Writing Task.docx
Microsoft Word Document 2.7 MB
Das Kartenspiel Sport and Hobbies.docx
Microsoft Word Document 47.7 KB