Numbers 2 and Maths

Learning Objective

Count to 20 and Answer Maths Questions


Success Criteria

I can count to 20 in German

I can count backwards and forwards to 20 in German with a partner 

I can sing a traditional German rhyme

I can work as a team to order written German numbers

I can ask and answer maths questions


Key Vocabulary

A selection of 'Lob' praise words for the Kartentausch at the beginning

Numbers to 20 in German

The vocabulary to 'eins, zwei, Papagei'

Mathematical function vocabulary

Ist das ...? Ja, das ist ...

Nein, das ist ...

Nein, das ist nicht ...


Lesson Context

The children will start the lesson revising Clothes and Parts of the Body with 'Tauschen' and after that this will be the children's second lesson focusing on numbers. I will consolidate the numbers 1-12 from last week and will then move onto 11-20. This lesson includes lots of fun games where the children will be able to apply their new number knowledge. These games include throwing the frog around the class while counting and an inter-table competition (or two). The children will learn a traditional German number song which will be used to introduce number activities in 'Zeit für Deutsch' and the maths activity and questioning will also be used, as well as throwing the frog.



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Kartentausch cards

A set of written number cards to 20 for each table

Numbers placed on the walls as answers to maths questions for 'Corners'

Main Introduction

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Der Kartentausch - revision of Parts of the Body and Clothes

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. I have included 'spare cards' so you can write your own extra words in this week if you wish.


Slides 4 - 8 - Numbers to 20

Display the numbers 1-20 on slide 4 on the IWB. Using 'sag mir nach', drill the numbers. After a few times get the children to read out the numbers on their own and then get a child to do it alone. Then gradually repeat this activity on slides 5, 6 and 7 where the help gets taken away, until the children can say the numbers 1-20 on their own. There is a surprise on slide 8 where 1-10 also get taken away - the children may not have expected that!


Now using 'sag mir nach' again, do the same with your fingers, counting up and down to 20 in German. Then get the children to do it as you raise your fingers. After a few goes ask the children questions such as 'ist das vierzehn?' when holding up some fingers. The children reply with 'ja, das ist vierzehn' or 'nein, das ist elf' or ' nein, das ist nicht vierzehn'.   


Slide 9 - Question and Answer Vocabulary - Then Rally Robin

On their tables, the children perform the task you just modelled with their partner. The children can use the slide or their sheets to help them if they need help: 

  1. Children to count up and down to 20 following their partner's fingers
  2. One partner puts up a certain amount of fingers and asks 'ist das...? The other partner answers and after a certain amount of time they swap roles

Rally Robin (Still Slide 9)

The children count up in alternate numbers with their partner, until they get to 20 and then they should see if they can count back down to 1. In the next attempt, the other child starts at 1 and their partner says 2 etc...


Slide 10 - Turn Toss

After about 5 minutes, stop the children and challenge them to see if they throw der Frosch around the classroom, with each catcher saying the next number in the sequence to 20. If someone says the wrong number, if der Frosch 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 20 and back down to 0.

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


Slide 11 - Inter-table competition - Order the numbers

Explain the rules of the inter-table competition. In the centre of each table is a set of cards with the German numbers to 20 in written form (words not numerals). The first table to line them up in the correct order down the centre of their table wins a reward. Model how it should be done with a few numbers. Designate someone to deal the cards on their table so everyone has some (make sure they are mixed beforehand).

After a signal, the teams race against each other to complete the task and when they are finished they should all sit quietly, checking their answers and doing a sign, such as the 'Mobot'. Why not also give the winning table a celebration such as 'Lieblingsantwort'?  


Slide 12 - Maths in German

Sag mir nach the mathematical vocabulary in German. Then ask the children basic mathematical questions such as 'was ist fünf plus drei?' The children should answer in full sentences such as 'fünf plus drei ist acht' or even 'der Antwort ist acht'. After asking the class a few of these questions using different functions, get the children to practise this with a partner, using their sheets at first to help them, asking and answering the blue questions at the bottom first and then and making up their own questions.

*Note - make sure the answer is always under 20!


Slide 13 - Corners

Have 4 - 6 numbers up to 20 placed on the wall around the classroom. Each one of these will be an answer to a maths question.  Now randomly select up to 4 children using lollipops and these 4 will compete against each other. The 1st person to walk to the correct answer wins a reward. So for example, if your question is 'was ist drei mal vier?' - the 1st child to walk to the number 12 wins. The winner can get another go but choose new challengers 


Slide 14 - Eins, Zwei, Papagei

Teach the children this traditional German number rhyme. Use sag mir nach with every line and raise your fingers with the numbers, doing actions with the words e.g. 'Bird wings' for Papagei and a police man stopping traffic for 'Offizier' etc. After a few goes with you leading, sing together with the class (doing actions) and finally let the class do it without your help. Depending on time, you could run another inter-table competition with the best table at performing this song winning a reward.  


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the success criteria after performing 'Eins, Zwei, Papagei'

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

Numbers 2 and Maths.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 544.0 KB
Vocabulary Sheet Numbers 2 and Maths.doc
Microsoft Word Document 315.6 KB

1 to 20 ordering activity.docx
Microsoft Word Document 74.6 KB
Including spare cards for you to write your own
Der Kartentausch Body and Clothes.docx
Microsoft Word Document 48.5 KB

Corners Example Numbers.docx
Microsoft Word Document 13.9 KB