Book 2

Learning Objective

Read a German story


Success Criteria

I know what sound umlauts make

I know what sound German digraphs make

I can rap about German vowels

I can read and listen to a German story

I can answer questions about a German story


Key Vocabulary

das Buch

das Alphabet

der Lehrer/die Lehrerin

die Klasse

heiß oder kalt

die Vokale

die kleine graue Maus

wohnen auf


Eines Tages

möchte sie




der Wunsch

sehr glücklich

Angst vor ... haben 

Lesson Context

Last week the children learnt how to read letters and certain digraphs in German. This week they will apply that knowledge to help them read their first German story - 'die kleine graue Maus'. The lesson will begin with activities done last week to help the children revise the learning - 'Lehrer V Klasse' and 'Heiß oder Kalt'. As 'Book' activities will be in future Zeit für Deutsch sessions, there is a vowel-rap which will introduce the activities. The story contains a lot of vocabulary that the children already know, specifically animals and colours. The children will read through the story with a partner and make notes if they wish and will then be challenged to answer the German questions in German! 



Power point presentation

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision

Flashcards (Numbers and Animals) for the starter activity

Digraph and Umlaut cards

YouTube Clip of Felix and Franzi - Ein Buch (see below)

Running dictation sheets pinned up around the classroom - but not so the children can read them form their tables

Slide 2

Communicate LO and SC

Highlight the 'blue' Success Criteria - 'I can answer questions about a German story'. Explain that at the end of the lesson you will randomly select (and reward) children who are able to do this. 


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of Numbers and Animals

Explain that the children should be using the 'Lob' words on slide 3 and let them get on with it. The 'Animals' vocabulary will be especially helpful this lesson.


Slide 4 - Lehrer v Klasse

Use the 4 large digraph cards first from the bottom of this page - ei, ie, au and eu. Write your name V the class on the board and get a child to keep score underneath. Hold all 4 cards but only show the class 1 - say the sound and the class repeats. Show another card, say the sound and the class repeats. Do this for all of the cards, changing the order. Say the sounds in a rhythm e.g. ei, ei, ei and the class repeats with ei, ei, ei.


You win if you say a sound which is different to the sound on the card that the children can see - if any child in the class repeats the incorrect sound that you say, then you win a point. Basically you are trying to trick them into saying the wrong sound. The class wins a point if you say an incorrect sound but no-one repeats and everyone does the 'Mobot' that Usain Bolt is doing on the slide. Repeat for a few rounds then use the 3 Umlaut cards instead. I find that the first to 5 works well. When either you or the class have won, choose a more able child to be the teacher and they can compete against the class


Slide 5 - Heiß oder Kalt

This is a similar game to 'Es geht um Franzi'. You have 7 cards from the previous activity - 4 digraphs and 3 Umlaut cards. These should all be partially hidden around the classroom for this activity.  


One child leaves the classroom. Some children then change and mix up the location of the cards. The class then agrees on which card the absent child must find. The child is then called back in and the class chant the sound of the letter/diagraph that the child should look for. The class helps the child by chanting quietly if s/he is far away and louder as s/he gets closer. This way the children will repeat the letters/diagraphs many times. Just as in 'es geht um Franzi', when the child finds the card s/he says 'ich habe ... gefunden'.  


Slide 6 - Rap - die Vokale (the vowels)

Sing the rap and then sag mir nach the vocabulary, explaining that the children can click their fingers or clap when they say the underlined letter. Also explain that a 'Y' is sometimes classed as a vowel in German. Sing as a whole class and then get some individuals to demonstrate. You could also run an inter-table competition.


Slide 7 - die kleine graue Maus - Story

Click on the blue slide title and it will bring up the eBook via YouTube. Alternatively play the story via the link at the bottom of this page. Allow the 'alphabet' part to play through as this will be good revision from last week and then play the story through once and afterwards discuss meaning and content. Play it through again and point out that any vocabulary they do not know will be on the first page of their hand outs. Now in pairs, get the children to read the story to each other using the rest of the hand out. They may use a pencil to translate parts if they wish and they may also write out their answers to the 5 questions.


Remind the children that the blue success criteria referred to answering questions about the story. Tell the children that if they answer questions 1-4 in German they have a better chance of winning the prize. Select children randomly using lollipop sticks to answer the questions.


Slide 8 - Plenary/Running Dictation

Pin copies of the running dictation sheet (bottom of the page) around the classroom. Ask the children to either work with a partner or with their group. One child has to go to the sheet and read it, then return to their group and say it out loud. The receiving group/partner has to write down what the 'runner' says. As their are 12 lines on the sheet, the runner will have to go backwards and forwards several times between the paper and the group. Someone from the winning group will earn a reward.     


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the success criteria after the story

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

Book 2.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 855.6 KB
The story is also on this sheet
Vocabulary Sheet Book 2.docx
Microsoft Word Document 4.7 MB

Running Dictation Sheet.docx
Microsoft Word Document 96.5 KB
Digraph and Umlaut Cards.docx
Microsoft Word Document 30.8 KB
Das Kartenspiel Numbers and Animals.docx
Microsoft Word Document 46.7 KB