This week the Year 4/5 students have been looking at Germany’s place in Europe and the 9 countries which border it. They completed a Europe puzzle and then used devices to work out the country names in German. Finally, the students participated in a game of Kahoot! which tested their knowledge of those German country names. It was an interesting lesson full of new learning!
We also discussed the size of Europe compared to Australia and found this image to be very interesting!
Important in the language classroom too!
Today in German the Year 1 and 2 students trialled a new online quiz program called, ‘Kahoot!’ Students see quiz questions appear on the main screen and then record their answers using an iPad. The questions are multiple choice and a real-time leaderboard is kept as the game progresses. It was a very fun and exciting way to practice our German language skills!
Here is a short video explaining Kahoot!:
Here are some of our fantastic Junior Primary students putting Kahoot! to the test!
This term the junior primary students have been engaging with an online resource named ‘German with Felix and Franzi.’
This resource is created specifically for primary school German teachers by the Goethe-Institut. It follows the story of two animals, Felix the frog (Frosch) and Franzi the duck (Ente). Felix and Franzi have moved from the Berlin Zoo to England and live in an old German letterbox they found in an antique shop.
The program comes with hand puppets and lots of fun and engaging videos and songs.
We have LOVED getting to know Felix and Franzi this term!
Here is a Year 2 class singing the ‘Hallo’ song all junior primary students sing when we start our lesson:
Here is a Year 2 class singing one of the counting songs from Felix and Franzi:
Our Reception students were VERY excited to create their own Schultuete, or School Cone, during week 2 of this term.
Each student decorated a cone and inside received gifts to celebrate them starting their German at Craigburn: a sharpener, an eraser, a pencil, a bookmark and stickers.
We looked at photos of children in Germany receiving their Schultuete and talked about how it is a German tradition.
I hope all of the children enjoy their gifts!
Our Reception children have had their first lesson of German this term! It has been a busy start to the term, with swimming lessons in Week 1, but we have already learnt lots of new German words!
We have been learning colour names, numbers and how to introduce ourselves.
Well done, Receptions!
The Year 4/5 students have been very busy over the past few weeks working towards putting a short iMovie together in German.
Firstly the students had to form groups and then work co-operatively to write their own script. The script was set in a cafe or restaurant and needed to include some key questions and phrases we’ve been learning in class. The students then had other language to work with to make their script flow well and sound natural.
After writing the script the groups started rehearsing. It was very important that groups clearly used our ‘secret language’ or ‘write it as it sounds’ strategy. We know this improves pronunciation a lot!
Most groups are now up to filming with that happening over this week and next week. We will share some final products soon!
Over the past few weeks the Year 3 and Year 3/4 class have been working hard on their ‘Creature Creation’ task in German.
The students first had to draft their creature and construct 5 sentences describing it. This information needed to include the creature’s name, age, birthday, hair colour and style and eye colour.
The students then moved onto creating their creature using paper art.
The finished products have added some lovely colour to our German room!
Over the next week the Year 4/5s will be accessing Languagenut to practise their language with a custom-made unit. Here are the instructions to get to this unit.
- Access Languagenut either through the app or the website. Enter your login details. These will be glued into your diary.
2. Click on the purple square with the German ‘Languagenutter’ inside of it. This appears after the dice.
3. Click on the ‘Teacher Content’ square.
4. Click on the ‘Eating Out – Year 4/5 Task’ unit.
5. You will now be able to practice to become familiar with the language, practice it and then go for a medal!