To have (haben) 2

Learning Objective

Use 'to have' in a variety of situations


Success Criteria

I can use 'to have' when talking about family

I can use 'to have' when talking about birthdays

I can translate 'to have' sentences on my own and with a partner

I can play 'hangman' and 'running dictation' in German


Key Vocabulary


Ich habe

Du hast

Sie haben

Ihr habt

Er hat

Sie hat

Es hat

Sie haben

Wir haben


Vocabulary from 'family' lessons

Vocabulary from 'birthday' lessons, including months and ordinal numbers


Lesson Context

This is the children's second lesson on 'haben' and revisits activities such as 'secret signal', 'who is speaking', 'fill in the gaps' and translations. This time, 'haben' is combined with 'family' and 'birthday' vocabulary, strengthening the children's knowledge in those areas. Two additional activities are used to reinforce the children's knowledge this lesson, 'running dictation' and 'hangman'



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

'Running Dictation' sheets - put up around the classroom but not so the children can read them from their seats

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC

Highlight the 'blue SC' and tell the children that prizes will go to children who can use 'to have' when translating and doing the exciting 'running dictation' and 'fill in the blanks' activities


Slide 3 - to have (haben)

Sag mir nach the vocabulary on the slides. The children should be really familiar with this after last week's lesson. Depending on whether/how many children can accurately list the conjugations without looking, you could also: 

*Ask the children to make up their own sentences using 'haben' and see if the other children in the class can translate them 

*Play 'secret signal' again - as you did in 'Haben 1'


Slide 4 - to have (haben) with 3 uses of 'you have'

On slide 4 explain the 3 uses of 'you are'

Du hast - You have - speaking to someone informally, such as a friend

Sie haben - You have - speaking to someone formally, such as an older person or someone you don't know

Ihr habt, - You have - informal like 'du bist', but speaking to 2 or more people


As this website is aimed at helping Primary School Children communicate in German, explain that it is fine for them to use 'du hast' for any situation when they want to say 'you are'. You are just making them aware that there are different forms, as you did when you taught them the different forms of 'you are' in Sein 2


Slides 5 - 8 - Family

Sag mir nach the 'family' vocabulary on these slides. As you go through the slides, ask random translation questions such as:

I have a monther

They have a granddad

We have a cousin


Note - Point out that 'a' is 'ein'


Slide 9 - Running Dictation

Pin copies of the running dictation sheet (bottom of the page) around the classroom. Ask the children to either work with a partner or with their group. One child has to go to the sheet and read it, then return to their group and say it out loud. The receiving group/partner has to write down what the 'runner' says. As their are 12 lines on the sheet, the runner will have to go backwards and forwards several times between the paper and the group. Someone from the winning group will earn a reward.

*The 1st 6 lines mix 'haben' with 'family'. The next 6 mix 'haben' with 'food' and 'clothes' - from last week's lesson. 


Slide 10 - Hangman

Model task first and then let some children come to the front with their own sentences. I found these rules work well for the classroom:

* The sentence has to start with a conjugation of 'haben' e.g. Ich habe ...

* The class are only allowed to guess 5 letters and then they must start guessing the sentence

* Whoever gets the sentence can come to the front with their own sentence


Slides 11 - 12 - The Months

Go through the months on slide 11 with the children. Get them to test themselves on their tables with a partner, using their hand outs. Go to slide 12 and ask and reward children who are able to say the months perfectly


Slides 13 - 14 - Ordinal numbers

Go through slide 13, pointing out the irregular ordinal numbers. On slide 14, point out that after the number 19 the ordinal numbers end with 'sten' instead of 'ten'


Slide 15 - Ordinal numbers and Months

Select a few of these and use lollipops to see if random children can translate them into English. Point out that in this situation, on is 'am'


Slides 16 - 17 - Fill in the blanks and translate

Tell the children that a form of 'haben' has to go into the blank space. After they have filled in the blanks see if they can translate the sentences. This slide is on the children's hand outs so they can write the conjugations and translations of their sheets. After 5-10 minutes randomly select and reward some children who have conjugated and translated correctly


Slide 18 - Haben, Ordinal numbers and Months translation

The slide is also on the children's hand outs with space to the right so they can write out the translations. Go through number 1 with the children and then give them 5 - 10 minutes to complete this. Afterwards, randomly select and reward children who can correctly translate given sentences


Slide 19 - 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 a full German sentence using 'haben' (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


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 blue success criteria when you are on slides 16-18 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks) 

To have (haben) 2.pptx
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Vocabulary Sheet To have (haben) 2.docx
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Running Dictation Sheet.docx
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