As part of learning how to talk about the weather, we are also learning about seasons and how they are different in Germany. We are going to work out if our birthdays are in Sommer, Fruehling, Herbst or Winter (in Australia) and add our names to this board.
Watch this space fill up!
Update from this afternoon – we have lots of Herbst babies!
Our year 3/4 students are challenging themselves and learning how to count to 100 in German! They love that once they master the pattern, they also master the numbers. Here are some of our students playing a memory game; in pairs then needed to match the numeral with the word. The amount of peer teaching and learning during this activity was incredible!
Carys found a great way to spend one of the very wet days we have had in the school holidays. She and mum tried out the Gingerbread recipe that Miss Harry’s class recently took home from the German room. What a great job she did. They look too good to eat. Sehr gut gemacht Carys! Well done Carys and thank you for sharing your photos. We look forward to seeing more chefs on our blog soon!
Reception children have been learning the names for the parts of the body in German.They are already very clever at knowing basic greetings as well as their colours and number to 20. We learnt the actions and rhymes to the songs ‘Kopf, Schulter, Knie und Fuss, and ‘Ich habe zwei Haende’. Students then listened to and viewed the story of the Gingerbread Man in English and then German. Miss Harry’s R/1 class enjoyed making their own Lebkuchenmann (Gingerbread Man) puppets with moveable limbs. We labelled the parts of the body in German.
Miss Harry’s class took their Lebkuchenmann puppets home with them in the holidays along with a recipe for making Gingerbread biscuits. In Germany gingerbread is made in two forms: a soft form called Lebkuchen and a harder form, associated with carnivals and street markets that occur in many German towns. The hard gingerbread is made in decorative shapes, which are then further decorated with sweets and icing.
Miss Harry’s class are looking forward to sharing photos of their cooking attempts!
Students from Ms Sporn’s and Mr Hanna’s classes have been learning how to pronounce numbers above 20 in German. This helps them to state their street number and address as well as their birthdate in German. They discovered that when counting above 20 in German, the tens and unit part of any number is reversed (tricky)!
We used the Interactive Language site to play the game ‘Gewichtheben’ ( Number weight lifting). This helped us to learn how to say the multiples of 10 in German.
We played the ‘Aufwiedersehen’ game in small groups. Each group had a different ‘buzz’ number between 20 and 99. If their number was 34, they continually counted between 30 and 40 until only one person was left standing. We moved groups and practised counting between different multiples of 10 in German.
Students then did a mix and match activity to show how clever they are at saying their numbers above 20. Can you see the pattern for saying any numbers above 20 in German?That’s right. The unit number is said first, followed by the multiple of ten. So 24 is said ‘four and twenty’ instead of ‘twenty four’. But remember, only the tens and units part of any number is reversed when saying numbers in German. The order of the thousands and hundreds number stays the same! We are now ready to play BINGO with numbers above 20!
We love to have items brought along for show and tell in the German room. Laurie really enjoyed showing his special gift from Germany. If any families have items from Germany sent by friends or souvenirs from a trip overseas, we would love to see them!