Birthday 1

Learning Objective

Say when my birthday is


Success Criteria

I can name the months of the year

I can count from 1 - 32

I can say the ordinal numbers from 1 - 32

I can say when my birthday is

I can play 'Es geht um Franzi' 


Key Vocabulary

die Monate

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

der Geburtstag

Wann hast du Geburtstag?

Ich habe am ... Geburtstag

Mein Geburtstag ist am ...

Es geht um Franzi - wo ist sie?








Gerade aus

Ich habe Franzi gefunden 

Vocabulary for the numbers 1 - 32

Vocabulary for the ordinal numbers 1 - 32

Lesson Context

This is the children's first lesson on 'Birthdays' but it is closely linked with previous lessons on numbers and months. The children will expand their number knowledge by learning the numbers up to 32, together with ordinal numbers. They will then apply this knowledge to saying what date their birthday is on. This will be extended on next week by applying birth dates to the children's German animal knowledge. The lesson will end with a fun activity called '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 (Numbers and Animals) for the starter activity. The Numbers vocabulary will be useful in this lesson and the Animals vocabulary will be good revision for next week

Main Introduction

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of numbers and animals

The children should know how to play the flashcard game by now so explain that they should be using the 'Lob' words on slide 3 and let them get on with it. The numbers vocabulary will be useful in today's lesson for numbers up to 20 and the animals vocabulary will be useful to re-visit before next week.  


Slides 4 - 15 - Die Monate and 'Month Tennis'

Sag mir nach the months vocabulary on the slides. Now 'sag mir nach' the months without the slides, one at a time and then say all 12 months. Get the class to chant the months a few times. At first they can look at their sheets but encourage them to turn their sheets over when they think they know them. Choose one child and model playing 'Month Tennis' with them. Say 'Januar' and your partner says 'Februar', going through the months until your partner finishes with 'Dezember'. Repeat but this time your partner says 'Januar' so you are saying the other months. On their tables with a partner, the children play 'months' tennis as modelled. Once they are happy they can do that without looking at their sheets, they must try and recite the 12 months on their own. After a few minutes, randomly select pairs to play 'Month Tennis' and then individuals to recite the months. Every successful pair or individual earns a reward


Slide 16 - 17 - Disappearing Numbers

Recite the numbers 1 - 20 with the children, chanting through them once with slide 16 on the board and then once using slide 17 (without German help).


Slides 18 - 22 - Numbers 21 - 32

Now bring the children's attention to slide 18 which demonstrates how to count from 21 - 32 in German. 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. Go onto slide 19 where some of the help has been taken away. Sag mir nach the numbers once and then get the children to chant. Repeat this activity for slides 20, 21 and 22 where the German slowly gets taken away and by the time you have done the activity on slide 22, most children should be able to chant the numbers.


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.


Slide 23 - Ordinal Numbers Rules

Introduce the children to ordinal numbers in German. Point out that 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'.


Slide 24 - Ordinal Numbers up to 32

I have put this slide in so that the children can follow the pattern but briefly ask the children to see if they can pronounce the ordinal number in their birthday.


Slide 25 - Turn Toss

Now play 'turn toss' using der Frosch as is done in Zeit für Deutsch and was done in 'Numbers 1 and time'. Challenge the children to see if they can throw der Frosch around the classroom, with each catcher saying the next ordinal number in the sequence. If someone says the wrong number, if Felix gets dropped or if anyone stands up, then the game is over and they have to start again. If the children do this easily, challenge them to go up to 32nd and then back down to zero 'null'.

*Note - Something I found that works really well - If the class is getting loud, the person who has Felix can hold him in the air with one hand. This means 'everyone be quiet so I can think'



Slide 26 - 'On' Translations

Point out that in this case, 'am'  is 'on'. Ask the children to translate the eight sentences into German. This slide is on their hand outs and they may use a pen if they wish. Give the children number 1 -

On 5th January is 'am fünften Januar'.

Give the children a few minutes to translate with a partner and the randomly select children to give the translations.


Slide 27

Explain that you have been building the children up all lesson to be able to say when their birthday is. Point out that when we learnt the months, we used 'in' to say our birthday but now that we know ordinal numbers, we can use 'on'. Ask a child to ask you the question and model both versions of how to say when your birthday is. Give the children a couple of minutes to ask and answer the question with others on their table.

Now select a few children and ask them when their birthday is. If the answer correctly in German they will earn a reward.    


Slide 28/Plenary - 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 their Birthday in German (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  


Fun extra activity (Directions)

Explain that in Germany there is a popular German game called 'Topfschlagen' and we will play a variant on the game using 'Franzi'. The game is called '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.


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'

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

Birthday 1.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 16.7 MB
Vocabulary Sheet Birthday 1.docx
Microsoft Word Document 284.1 KB
Das Kartenspiel Numbers and Animals.docx
Microsoft Word Document 46.7 KB