Introduction 1

Learning Objective

Introduce Myself


Success Criteria

I can say a greeting

I can say my name

I can say how old I am

I can say how I am feeling

I can say goodbye

I can ask questions




Key Vocabulary

Hallo/Guten Morgen/Guten Tag

Wie heißt du?/Ich heiße...

Wie alt bist du?/Ich bin ... Jahre alt

Numbers relevant to the age of the class you are teaching

Wie gehts? Gut/nicht gut/schlecht/es geht/wunderbar


Auf Wiedersehen/Tschüss/Bis bald

Stehe auf/Setzt euch/Hört zu/Reiht ein

Ich und du, wir hören zu


Lesson Context

This is the children's first German lesson and the children will learn how to introduce themselves. The children will also learn classroom commands and chants in German which are intended to be embedded into other lessons. The learning structures 'Reiht ein' and 'Kartentausch' will be introduced and these will be included in future lessons and Zeit für Deutsch sessions. The lesson will end with 2 very fun activities, 'Secret Signal' and 'Who is Speaking'. This should leave the children excited about next week's lesson



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Tauschen cards

Main Introduction

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC


Slides 3 - 7 - Classroom Commands

Using the 'Sag mir nach' (repeat after me) method, go through slides 2 - 6, instructing children on classroom commands and a chant. Say instructions randomly and the children have to follow e.g. say 'stehe auf' and they have to stand up. You could make a game out of it by getting two children to compete against each other. The first child to do the correct action gets a reward.

For the chant, simply sing 'ich und du, wir hören zu' and the children sing it back to you. Do this twice. You could also make a group competition out of the chant e.g. the best table singing 'ich und du, wir hören zu' back wins a reward. You will use this chant every time you want to get the children's attention in all German lessons.


Slide 8 - Introductions

Use 'sag mir nach' for the questions and answers on this slide. Point out the colour coding and the same colours go together e.g. the red ones are greetings, the blue ones are about saying your name, the green ones your age in German etc...

Model a German conversation with some children, staring with a greeting. Challenge the children by asking 'who can have a German conversation with me using the red, blue and green ones'? Extend this to include all of the German. Model again. Get two strong children to model having a German conversation with each other.  

*Note - You will need to teach the children a couple of numbers so they can say their age


Reiht ein (Line up) - Still Slide 8

Bringing their hand out with them, the children form two lines, facing each other. They take it in turns to ask and answer the questions. Have a signal (e.g. a bell) and when you signal the children from one line move down to the next partner. The signal should be spaced about one minute apart. This way the children should have a German conversation with around fifteen different children. The children who are feeling confident can hold their sheets against their chests and see if they can have a German conversation from memory.


Der Kartentausch (Card Swap) - Still Slide 8

Revision activity for the vocabulary learnt today. Children find a partner with their hand up, say the German word in Red, the partner has to say the English word in Black. Show the correct answer to your partner. Swap cards. Hand up. Find a new partner with their hand up and repeat. After two minutes change the activity slightly so that the first partner says the English word and the partner has to say the German word.

*Note - Point out that this is a translation exercise. Some children may try to answer the question.


Slide 9 - Secret Signal

Using the vocabulary on the slide, ask one child to leave the room and agree with the rest of the class on a secret signal, such as touching your nose. Choose a child to perform this signal at any given moment. Bring the first child back into the room and ask the class to say 'Guten Tag' (the first item on the list) in a chant. Every time the class sees the designated person do the agreed secret signal, they move onto the next phrase in the list - 'Wie heißt du?' The child has to guess who is doing the signal before the class gets to the bottom of the list. If the child who went outside guesses correctly, they earn a reward. If the class get to the bottom, the 'signaller' and somebody else from the class, earn a reward


Slide 10 - 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 something 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  


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the success criteria on slide 11, after 'who is speaking?'

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

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