Town/Directions 1

Learning Objective

Find my way around a German town


Success Criteria

I can ask somebody for directions

I can give directions

I can name 10 useful places in a town

I can play treasure hunt games as part of a team


Key Vocabulary


Wo ist ...?

Gibt es hier...?

Links, rechts

Gerade aus

Und dann

Auf der rechten Seite

Auf der linken Seite

Danke schön

Bitte schön



der Bahnhof

die Bushaltestelle

das Hotel

der Supermarkt

die Bank

die Toiletten

der Briefkasten

die Post

das Krankenhaus

der Flughafen


Lesson Context

This is the children's first lesson on town/directions but some of the vocabulary such as 'links', 'rechts' and 'gerade aus' will be familiar form the 'es geht um Franzi' Zeit für Deutsch game where the children give clues to someone looking for Franzi in the classroom. Much of the vocabulary is similar to English, especially the places in town. Essentially, the children will learn 20 pieces of vocabulary today and they will do this through 'match up' and some fun 'treasure hunt' activities



Power point presentation

Sheets to put up around the walls (power point file) - cut the bottom bits so the children can tear them off

Hand outs which the children can take home for revision - this file also includes the resource for the 1st treasure hunt activity on the back

Flashcards - 'continents' and 'house' practise

Slide 2 - Main Introduction

Communicate LO and SC


Slide 3 - Starter activity - Das Kartenspiel - revision of  'continents' and 'house'

The children should know how to play the flashcard game by now so explain that they should be using the 'Lob' words on slide 3 and let them get on with it.


Slides 4 - Directions (use 'das Hotel' in the examples)

Go through the vocabulary with the children. Above the first blue line is for the person asking for directions. Point out that 'es gibt' means there is/are and 'gibt es' means is/are there. This is a really useful phrase to know. Between the blue lines is the vocabulary that the person giving directions will need. You may also want to point out that stop is 'halt'. Point out the use of the word schön (beautiful) under the second blue line


Choose a child to practise having a German conversation with. You ask for directions to the hotel and the child has to give directions. You could follow the directions and walk to the Hotel which should be up on the wall or just remain where you are and listen to the directions


Working with a partner, give the children 2 minutes to ask for and give directions to the hotel on the wall. The pairs should remain in their chairs


Slides 5 - 15 - Useful places in town

Go through this vocabulary with the children. You may want to point out the following:

*Letterbox is the same word as post box (Briefkasten)

*Krankenhaus - Krank means 'sick' and haus means 'house' - Also wagen is a word for 'car' (Volkswagen) so Krankenwagen would mean 'ambulance'

*Flughafen - Flug means 'flight' and Hafen means 'port'


As they did with 'das Hotel', now give the children 5 minutes to ask for and give directions to the places on the wall. The pairs should remain in their chairs


Slide 16 - Match up

Each pair of children has a pack of 'direction' and 'place' vocabulary cards. The pair has to match up the German words in their bag to the corresponding English word. When they are finished they put up their hands. When each pair puts up their hands check their answer and tell them 'richtig' or 'falsch'.

Extension - if some children finish very quickly you can send them to slower pairs to help them.


Slide 17 - Town Treasure Hunt

Get the children to label themselves 'Partner A' and 'Partner B'


Partner A turns over their hand out - there are 10 boxes on the back, 5 red and 5 blue. In the red boxes get partner A to write 5 places in town in German, 1 in each box. Encourage partner A to write places that they think other children will not use as there are only a limited amount of sheets to tear. It is essential that partner B does not see what they have written


Partner A's job is now to direct partner B using only German to one of the places that they have written. They can do it in one big sentence from their tables or as partner B moves. When partner B gets to the place s/he thinks is correct, s/he tears off a small place from the bottom of the sheet and returns it to partner A, who then puts it in the blue box, opposite the word in the corresponding red box. Repeat for all 5 places and reward the children who finish first. Before you start, say that if you hear English you will clear all cut outs from the culprit's sheets


Slide 18 - Treasure Hunt Challenge

Give the children another 2 minutes to learn the vocabulary on their hand outs. Tell them that after the 2 minutes you will randomly select 2 children.


Child 1 - leaves the classroom


Child 2 - Writes down one of the places on the wall on the back of a wipe board without showing anybody


Child 1 comes in and child 2 has to direct child 1 to the correct place using only German. They have 1 minute to do this. Once child 2 stops or the time is up, child 1 reveals the place on the back of their board. If child 2 is standing next to this place, then both children earn a reward. Repeat several times with different children 


Slide 19 - Blindfolded Treasure Hunt Challenge

As slide 18, but this time child 1 is blindfolded


Assessment and Evidence

Observe and ask questions

Refer back to the learning objective and success criteria after the 'treasure hunt' activities.  

Check achievement of the success criteria when you are on slide 20 by questioning and rewarding randomly selected children (using lollipop sticks) 

Town 1.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 16.6 MB
Print double sided
Vocabulary Sheet Town Directions 1.docx
Microsoft Word Document 1.4 MB
Match up Cards Town.docx
Microsoft Word Document 23.3 KB

Town 1 for Walls.pptx
Microsoft Power Point Presentation 15.7 MB
Das Kartenspiel Continents and House.doc
Microsoft Word Document 49.2 KB