People 3 - Merkel, Klum, Vettel, Scooter, Federer, Lisicki, Özil

Learning Objective

Write about German speaking celebrities


Success Criteria

I can identify a celebrity from reading German sentences

I can translate information about a celebrity from German to English

I can translate information about a celebrity from English to German

I can make up a celebrity using German sentences


Basic vocabulary relating to the following German speakers:

Angela Merkel 

Heidi Klum

Sebastian Vettel


Roger Federer

Sabine Lisicki

Mesut Özil


Lesson Context

This is the third German lesson focusing on prominent German speakers. Vettel, Merkel and Klum will be touched upon again but 4 new celebrities will also be looked at. The primary focus is writing and the children will be encouraged to get the gist of what is being said in both the match up and translation 1 activities. In translation 2 and 'make up a celebrity' the children will be challenged with producing their own written German sentences. If the children have German books they should be used and English-German dictionaries may prove useful, especially with next week in mind  



Powerpoint presentation

'Sport and Hobbies' flashcards for the starter activity

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision  

'Match up' sheets to cut out and write on



Translation sheets

German books (optional)

German dictionaries (optional - useful preparation for next week)


When I do this lesson, the children have the 3 sheets and a German book each. They also share a scissors, glue, flashcards and a German-English dictionary with a partner

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 - Introduce 6 German Speakers

Ask the children if anybody recognises any of the people on the slide. You may want to point out that Roger Federer's mother tongue is Swiss-German. Hopefully the children should be able to name at least 3 people from the last 2 lessons.


Slides 5 - 10 - Guess the Person

For each of these, read out the slide first, modelling good pronunciation and then choose a child to read out the slide. Afterwards, ask if anyone can guess who would say what is on the slide and why they think so. Address any words or phrases that the children don't understand


Slide 11 - Match Up

Using the 'Match Up' sheets, each child cuts out at least 4 celebrities with a speech bubble each. They then glue these into their German books and write what they think each celebrity would say from their vocabulary sheet hand out. If you don't have German books, no gluing into books is necessary


Slide 12 - Translation 1

The children then glue the translation sheet onto the next page of their books. Write the names of the 6 celebrities/groups on the board. The next task is to choose a celebrity who they just wrote about and  write the English translation of what the celebrity said. For example, if they chose Merkel they would write 'Angela Merkel' on the top line and then underneath:


Good Afternoon. I have been the Chancellor of Germany since 2005. I speak German and Russian and I am afraid of dogs. Before I was a politician, I was a physicist.


You may want to do this example with the children before they perform the task. Point out that translating is not an exact science, they have to put the English into their own words, otherwise they might write something like 'I am since 2005 the Chancellor of Germany'. German has different ways of constructing sentences and ideas - for example the dog sentence translated word for word would be 'I have fear of/before dogs'. If you do an example with the children beforehand, obviously don't let the children translate that one


Slide 13 - Translation 2 - Mesut Özil

In the middle of the translation sheet, get the children to translate Mesut Özil's sentences from English into German. The more difficult vocabulary is at the bottom of the slide and on the children's hand outs. The children can also use German-English dictionaries if you have them.


Slide 14 - Make up a Celebrity

Using all of the profile examples that they have had this lesson, the children should now write a few sentences about a made-up celebrity. They can also draw a picture of the celebrity in the frame 


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the 'make up a celebrity' activity

Check achievement of the success criteria when you are on slide 15 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks). Ask the children if they can tell you anything about the 7 celebrities from today

People 3.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 3.8 MB
Vocabulary Sheet People 3.docx
Microsoft Word Document 1.2 MB

Match Up Writing.docx
Microsoft Word Document 916.1 KB
People 3 Translations Sheet.docx
Microsoft Word Document 451.4 KB
Das Kartenspiel Sport and Hobbies.docx
Microsoft Word Document 47.7 KB