Birthday 2

Learning Objective

Say when a birthday is


Success Criteria

I can count from 1 - 32 in cardinal numbers

I can count from 1 - 32 in ordinal numbers

I can say when animal's birthdays are



Key Vocabulary

die Monate

Januar, Februar, März, April, Mai, Juni, Juli, August, September, Oktober, November, Dezember

der Geburtstag

Wann hat er/sie Geburtstag?

Er/Sie hat am ... Geburtstag

Sein/Ihr Geburtstag ist am ...

Es geht um Franzi - wo ist sie?









Gerade aus

Ich habe Franzi gefunden


Vocabulary for the cardinal numbers 1 - 32

Vocabulary for the ordinal numbers 1 - 32

Animal Vocabulary

Lesson Context

This is the children's second lesson on 'Birthdays' and it is closely linked with previous lessons on animals, numbers and months. The children will revise the numbers up to 32 from last week, together with ordinal numbers. They will then apply this knowledge to saying what date certain animals have their birthdays on in a 'Treasure Hunt' style activity. As they did last week, the children will play 'Es geht um Franzi' where the children will use their German knowledge to give and follow instructions when looking for a hidden item (Franzi). This activity uses some vocabulary learnt from previous 'weather' lessons.



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Flashcards (Breakfast and Months) for the starter activity. The Months vocabulary will be useful in this lesson

A4 sheets featuring animals and their birthdays for display. These should be up around the classroom before the start of the lesson

A crown

Main Introduction

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of Food and Months

Explain that the children should be using the 'Lob' words on slide 3 and let them get on with it. The months vocabulary will be useful in today's lesson for saying when the animals birthday's are.


Slides 4 - 5 - Months Revision 

This shouldn't take long as the children have been practising 'months' for the last few weeks. Get the children to chant the months on slide 4 and address any pronunciation issues. Move to slide 5 and listen to the children chant the months without the German on the slide. Challenge and reward some children to do this individually. When everyone is secure, move on to slide 6 - numbers 21 - 32.


Slides 6 - 10 - Numbers to 32

Before addressing the larger numbers, recite 1 - 20 with the children, chanting through once with them and then getting the group and individuals to do it alone. Slides 6 - 10 were used last week so again, point out that for 21 you simply say '1 and 20' and you follow this pattern up to 29. Model how to say 'dreißig' and point out that the same pattern follows for 31 and 32 - '1 and thirty', '2 and thirty'.  Sag mir nach 21 - 32 a couple of times and get the children to chant it as a class. As you did last week, progressively go through the next few slides, getting the children to chant the numbers as the German slowly gets taken away.


On their tables, give the children time to learn how to count from 21 - 32 using their sheets. Tell them that once they are confident, they can go through the following stages:

* Try to connect 1 -20 so that they can count all the way from 1 - 32

* Count from 1 - 32 without looking at their sheets

* Play 'Number Tennis' with a partner, counting from 1 - 32

* One partner tests the other by saying a number from 1 - 32 in English and the partner has to say the German 


Finally randomly select some children to count from 1 - 32 on their own. If they can do this they will earn a reward.


Slides 11 - 14 - Ordinal numbers to 32

Recap ordinal numbers in German from last week. Ask the children if anyone remembers the rules for ordinal numbers E.g. From numbers 1 - 19 you simply say the number with 'ten' (pronounced tun) on the end. So for example, 4th is vierten  and 11th is elften. There are only 2 numbers which don't follow the pattern, 1st and 3rd, and this is shown on the slide.

For numbers after 19, you simply add 'sten' on the end instead of 'ten'. So for example, 21st is 'einundzwanzigsten' and 30th is 'dreißigsten'.


Do not chant through all of the ordinal numbers as this takes too long and some children will get confused with the cardinal numbers. Instead ask the children to translate a couple of missing ordinal numbers per slide as you go through slides 12 - 14. The idea is that they use the numbers around the missing numbers to help them say the correct ordinal number. So on slide 13 you could ask 'what is 24th'? The children could use 23rd and 25th (which are on the slide) to help them get what 24th would be.  


Slide 15 - Write with a finger

Working with a partner, once child writes a number up to 32 using his/her finger on their partner's back. The partner is allowed 3 guesses then the partners swap roles. The partner has to say the ordinal number (not the cardinal number) Repeat a few times


Slides 16 - 17 - When is his/her birthday?

Slide 16 is the same as the one used last week. Simply bring it up and ask 'wann hast du Geburtstag?' and ask some children to answer, using the help on the slide if they wish. Write one of the children's names and birthday on the board. Then move to slide 16 and explain that you are now asking about his/her (somebody else's) birthday, not 'you'. Point out the new vocabulary for he, she, his and her. Now ask when the birthday is of the person on the board using the question on the slide. The children can answer using either sentence structure 1 or 2, both are fine. Repeat with different children and mix with questions asking when is 'your' birthday and when is 'his/her' birthday. 


Now refer to one of the animals that you have put up on the wall and ask when its birthday is e.g. Wann hat die Ente Geburtstag? See if the children can use the slide to help them answer the question. Repeat for a few different animals. Note - the children can replace er/sie/ihr/sein with the animal if they wish e.g. die Ente hat am Elften Juni Geburtstag.


Slide 18 - Safari Treasure Hunt

Refer children to the back of their hand outs and explain that they have to fill in the dotted lines. For each animal they have to fill in a line in German AND a line in English.


Model how you would walk around the classroom to the different animal posters and fill in the sheet. Tell the children to do the animals near them first so that people are not all fighting for the same poster (don't start with number 1 and go down the list). Give the children over 10 minutes to complete this and afterwards ask randomly selected children when some of the animal's birthdays are. E.g. Wann hat die Biene Geburtstag?  Reward the children for the correct answers.


Slide 19/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.


Slide 20 - Extra Fun Activity (Es geht um Franzi)

As you did last week, end the lesson with 'Es geht um Franzi' (it's all about Franzi) and the song to introduce the activity in future Zeit für Deutsch sessions is sung to the tune of 'its all about the base' - Es geht um Franzi, um Franzi, wo ist sie (X2)'. Practise the song and sag mir nach the vocabulary on the slide.


If needed, explain the game to the children:

One child is chosen to leave the room. The class then agrees where to hide Franzi. When Franzi is hidden, the child comes back in and has to follow the instructions given to him/her. These instructions could be given in 2 ways:

1) The whole class chants hot, cold, warm, ice cold (in German) and the child has to move around the classroom accordingly (top rectangle on the slide).

2) One child gives instructions such as left, right, stop and straight on (in German) and the child has to follow accordingly (bottom rectangle on the slide).

You may include a time limit to add excitement and if the child finds Franzi, they have to hold her up and say 'ich habe Franzi gefunden' (which is on the slide).


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the success criteria after 'Es geht um Franzi' or 'Safari Treasure Hunt'

Check achievement of the Success Criteria by questioning randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks)  

Birthday 2.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 544.0 KB
Vocabulary Sheet Birthday 2.docx
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Animal birthdays for display.docx
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Das Kartenspiel Breakfast and Months.doc
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