Modal Verbs 3

Learning Objective

Write using Modal Verbs


Success Criteria

I can conjugate 6 modal verbs

I can match up German and English sentences that have modal verbs

I can understand and answer comprehension questions about a German text containing modal verbs

Key Vocabulary:

Conjugations of können

Conjugations of müssen

Conjugations of wollen

Conjugations of dürfen

Conjugations of mögen

Conjugations of sollen


























wie, was, wo



Lesson Context

This is the children's third lesson on modal verbs and it is another verb-heavy lesson, combing modal verbs with the infinitives of other verbs. After quickly going over all of the verbs learnt so far, the children will have fun playing the King or Queen Challenge. Following that there will be 3 written tasks; 'Fill in the Blanks and Translate' a 'Match up' and a reading comprehension with questions. These 3 written activities should go into the children's German books   



Powerpoint presentation

'Sport and Hobbies' flashcards for the starter activity

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Writing Task sheets to stick in the children's German books

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. Lots of the verbs from these lessons may prove useful today


Slides 4 - 9 - dürfen, mögen, sollen, können, müssen and wollen

Sag mir nach the different conjugations of these verbs. Revise these quickly as you have spent the last 2 weeks practising them


Slides 10 and 11 - Verbs learnt so far

As you did the previous 2 weeks, sag mir nach the verbs on these slides.  

On slide 10 give a few examples of translations, combining modal verbs with these verbs, e.g.:

I want to play - Ich will spielen

They like to read - Sie mögen lesen

He can speak English - Er kann Englisch sprechen (point out that the basic verb comes at the end)


Give more examples on slide 11, e.g.:

I am allowed to eat that - Ich darf das essen (point out that the basic verb comes at the end)

We have to run - Wir müssen rennen

It is supposed to rain - Es soll regnen


Ask some similar translation questions using modal verbs and the verbs on slides 10 and 11 and reward children who can translate into German.


Slide 12 - King or Queen Challenge

Randomly select a child to come up to the front to be the king/queen (and wear a crown). The king/queen brings their sheet and white board up with them. The king/queen then writes a sentence in German on their white board and then says it in English in front of the class. You (only) look at the white board and if they match* then the rest of the class has 30 seconds to translate the English into German. After 30 seconds, select 3 children to translate. The first to translate correctly gets to become the king/queen. If none of them are correct then the king/queen earns a reward and gets another go. This should encourage the children to try to create more advanced sentences.


*If the sentence of the king/queen doesn't match the translation then they are beaten at the first hurdle and randomly select someone else to be king/queen


Written Task 1

Slides 13 - 14 - Fill in the blanks and translate

This is the children's first written task on their sheets. The 1st 6 are on the slide but there are 10 on the sheet. Go over a couple of examples before the children begin. Explain that either the conjugation of a modal verb or the infinitive of another verb are missing. Also tell the children that there can be more than 1 answer. E.g. for number 1, you are looking for an 'ich' conjugation of a modal verb - most modal verbs will be fine in this sentence. Remind the children that they also have to translate the sentence they have made on the other side of the blue line of their sheets. Give the children up to 10 minutes to complete the task


Written Task 2

Slide 15 - Match up

As you did last week and demonstrating with the examples on the slide, the children have to match up the German sentences with the equivalent English sentences on their sheet, drawing a line connecting them to match them up. You might also want to do number 1 with the children - 'Ich darf turnen'. 'Ich darf' means 'I am allowed to' or 'I may' and 'turnen' means to do gymnastics, so they are looking for 'I am allowed to do gymnastics' - number 6. If they are stuck, all of the vocabulary they need is on the front of their sheets. Give the children up to 10 minutes to match up all 12 sentences.     


Slide 16 - Reading Comprehension

Go over the text with the children and give them a few minutes to see how much of it they can translate. The text is on the children's writing sheets so they can write notes/translations on that if they wish. Randomly select and reward children to translate different parts of the text


Written Task 3

Slide 17 - Comprehension Questions

The German questions are on the left when you open this slide. You may want to go over the questions words or write them on the board e.g. wie - how, was - what, ist - is. Give children around 5 minutes to answer the 5 questions. All of the vocabulary they need is on their sheets.

*Number 4 - there are a few possible answers. Some children will simply write 'nein' (which is correct)


After the 5 minutes, go over the answers as a plenary. The answers will reveal one by one when you click on the slide


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the comprehension questions

Check achievement of the success criteria when you are on slide 18 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks)

Modal Verbs 3.pptx
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Vocabulary Sheet Modal Verbs 3.docx
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Modal Verbs 3 Writing Task.docx
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Das Kartenspiel Sport and Hobbies.docx
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