Continents 2

Learning Objective

Use a map to talk about continents, countries and cities


Success Criteria

I can name the 7 continents and more than 15 countries

I can say which continent a country is in

I can ask and answer questions about location


Key Vocabulary

die Kontinente







die Schweiz


die USA





















Ich fahre nach ...

Ich besuche ...

Das ist in ...

Wo ist ...

... ist in ...

Nord/Im Norden

Süd/Im Süden

Ost/Im Osten

West/Im Westen

die Mitte/in der Mitte

die Deutschlandkarte

Lesson Context

The children learnt lots of new vocabulary in 'Continents 1' - 7 continents, 20 countries and sentence vocabulary. This lesson will therefore go over all of that vocabulary again while introducing different ways of saying where countries and cities are, including using North, South, East and West. The world map and country cards activity is repeated and extended upon as the children will now ask and answer each other's questions and the lesson will end with the children utilising their new vocabulary whilst using a map of Germany



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Large (A3) world map for each pair - see continents and countries hand out below

Countries (in German) to place on large world map - but print these out on A4

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC

Explain that there are 7 continents and 20 countries in the lesson. Highlight the 'blue SC' and tell the children that if they can say 5 sentences about which continent countries are in, they will win a reward


Slides 3 - 8 - Continents and Countries

As you did last week, Sag mir nach the vocabulary on the slides and discuss patterns and words that are similar to English, for example the pattern of many German countries ending with -ien. Ask occasional questions such as 'how would you say Northern Ireland' or 'Southern Germany'?


As this is the second lesson in a row you have done this, you may want to extend the children by asking the children how they would say for example, 'Brazil is in South America'. This will also prepare the children for questions and activities later in the lesson. 


Slide 9  - Landkarte und Karten

This activity is separated into 2 parts, the first of which they did last week:


Part 1 - Above the red line

The children will work in pairs and use the large A3 world map and countries printed and cut up individually (see 'countries and continents' below). Each partner picks a country and then says 2 sentences above the red line. As the child is saying 'das ist in ...', s/he places the country on the correct continent on the map. The children take it in turns with this activity until all countries are placed on the map. They may use their hand outs to help them.


Part 2 - Beneath the red line

The children should have all of the countries on the map and checked them against their hand out. Using the hand out, partner 1 now asks 'wo ist ...?' Partner 2 answers with '... ist in ...' They repeat this several times with different countries and then they swap roles.


Slide 10 - Kartentausch (Find Herr/Frau X) 

This is a version of 'Kartentausch', using the same cards as last week (with a couple added). The set is at the bottom of this page. As the children circulate the room and find partners, they have to simply ask:

1 - Wo ist ... (the country on their card)?


The partner answers with the country and then says which continent it is in (as it says on slide 10) 

Choose a card and model this activity with a child.


There is a twist however. One of the cards has a big X on it. This child finds a partner, waits for a question and simply says 'ich heiße Herr/Frau X'. When a child hears this reply, they should simply sit down quietly without telling anyone who Herr/Frau X is. The sitting children should just watch and listen to see who is really good at 'continent' vocabulary (and they can feed back to you at the end). The game continues until only Herr/Frau X remains  


Slide 11 - Wo ist ...?

Sag mir nach the vocabulary on the slides. Ask the children how they would say various sentences such as:

# In North Africa

# In the east it is cold

# Germany is in the middle

# The cow is the west but the duck is in the east


Slide 12 - Deutschlandkarte

Model the task with the children. Partner 1 simply asks 'wo ist ...' and chooses a German city from their sheet/the IWB.  Partner 2 answers using the vocabulary on slide 10, also on their sheet. So for example:

Partner 1: Wo ist Dresden?

Partner 2: Dresden ist im Osten


Explain that they can extend further by saying south west, north east etc... by simply adding the Nord/Süd/Ost/West prefix, for example:

Stuttgart ist im Südwesten


Give the children around 5 minutes for this task, with them swapping roles after around 2 minutes.


Slide 13 - Plenary

Refer back to the LO and SC and randomly select children to do the blue SC - 'I can say which continent a country is in'. Bring slide 9 up for this 'test' and ask 'wo ist ...?' Reward the children accordingly.


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the 'Deutschlandkarte' activity 

Check achievement of the success criteria by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks) 

Continents 2.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 881.7 KB
Find HerrFrau X Cards.docx
Microsoft Word Document 35.0 KB

Print back to back
Vocabulary Sheet Continents 2.docx
Microsoft Word Document 1.3 MB
Print map on A3 and Countries on A4
Continents and Countries.docx
Microsoft Word Document 640.5 KB