Classroom 1 with Prepositions

Learning Objective

Name items in a classroom


Success Criteria

I can name over 10 classroom items

I can name over 5 prepositions

I can say where classroom items are by using prepositions


Key Vocabulary


das Klassenzimmer

die Schulsachen

das Buch

das Mäppchen

der Radiergummi

der Bleistift

die Buntstifte

die Bleistiftspitzer

das Lineal

die Schere

der Kleber

der Kugelschreiber

der Schreibtisch

der Stuhl

die (Wasser)flasche

die Tasse 













Ich packe in meiner Schultasche

Wo ist der Bleistift?





Lesson Context

Most of the vocabulary will be new to the children, although they may recognise parts of words such as 'Schule' and 'Tisch'. Once the children have learnt the vocabulary in this topic, they will be able to communicate the German words for items in an environment where they spend a lot of time; their classroom.  There is a lot of vocabulary to learn relating to classroom items and prepositions and to aid that there are fun activities such as 'Hans sagt' and 'Ich packe in meiner Schultasche. The lesson will end with the children combining their new classroom vocabulary with prepositions in the 'wo ist der Bleistift' activity 



Powerpoint presentation

'Book and School' flashcards for the starter activity

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision  

Slide 2 - Main Introduction

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of 'Book and School' 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.


Slides 4 - 22 - New classroom vocabulary

Go through and 'sag mir nach' the vocabulary on the slides with the children. You may want to point out the following:


Slide 4 - das Klassenzimmer - die Klasse (the class), das Zimmer (the room)

Slide 5 - die Schulsachen - die Schule (the school), die Sachen (the things)

Slide 6 - die Schultasche - die Tasche (the bag)

Slides 10, 11 and 12 - all contain 'stift'

Slide 16 - der Kugelschreiber - Kugel (sphere), der Schreiber (writer)

Slide 17 - contains 'schreib' as above and Tisch = table


On slides 21 and 22 go over the vocabulary once more


Give the children a few minutes to learn and test themselves and their partners on this vocabulary (on their hand outs)


Slide 23 - Simon (Hans) Says

Explain that we are now going to play 'Simon Says' in German. Use lollipop sticks to randomly choose 2 children to compete against each other. The first child to touch the classroom item that you say wins a reward. 


Other variations:

Say 2 classroom items

Select 3 or more children to compete against each other  

Pick something up randomly choose one child and ask 'was ist das' or 'ist das ...?' 

Get one child to play the teacher

Play 'winner stays on' and if one child wins 5 in a row then they earn a special reward


Slide 24 - Ich packe in meiner Schultasche (2 activities to choose from - or do both)

  1. The class target is 8 classroom items. Holding der Frosch, say 'Ich packe in meiner Schultasche das Buch' (or any classroom item). Then throw der Frosch at another child and that child has to repeat what you said and add a classroom item of their own. This child then throws der Frosch at another child and the activity then repeats until the class gets to 8 items. When the class reaches 8, why not use a celebration such as 'das war gut', 'Lieblingsantwort', or 'das was fantastisch'. You could also add a prize to the class for someone to win later on                                                                                                                                                                      
  2. Tell the class that 3 children will compete against each other and the winner will receive a prize. Whoever can say the most classroom items will win. Using lollipop sticks to ensure a random choice, choose the first child. Ask the child 'Was packst du in deiner Schultasche?' This child has to say 'Ich packe in meiner Schultasche ...' and then say as many classroom items as they can. Record the child's score and repeat for child 2 and 3. *Note - before the competition begins, let the children have a 1 minute practise with a partner on their tables. 


Slide 25 - Prepositions

Go through the vocabulary on the slide and point out that some of these words have several meanings, but for today we will focus on the first one listed in each case. Give the children a minute or so to learn them


You may also want to point out how the gender changes depending on the case but as this is primary school level, don't say they are wrong if they get the article incorrect


Slide 26 - Wo ist der Bleistift?

Place a pencil somewhere in the classroom where the children can see, next to another item that the children have learned today (e.g a book). Ask 'wo ist der Bleistift? Reward any children who say 'der Bleistift ist neben das* Buch'


*Again, point out that the correct answer will be 'neben dem Buch' because the noun following 'neben' takes the dative case. At primary school level, just make the children aware that these different cases exist


Repeat with different items and prepositions. Now give the children 5+ minutes on their tables to ask and answer questions using different classroom items in different positions so that their partners can use different prepositions


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

After the children have been practising 'wo ist der Bleistift', randomly select and reward children who can answer similar questions, combining classroom items with prepositions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after 'wo ist der Bleistift'

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

Classroom 1 with Prepositions.pptx
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Vocabulary Sheet Classroom 1 with Prepos
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Das Kartenspiel Book and School.docx
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