Year 3 + 3/4 Creature Creation!

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!

Eating Out : Year 4/5 Languagenut Homework Task

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.

  1. 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!


Carys’ homemade ‘Wie Immer Ich!’

We have a very creative student in our school! After being introduced to and playing the new game I brought back from German, ‘Wie Immer Ich,’ Carys went home and made her own!

Carys found a small Pringles container and poked five holes around the edge and one in the middle. She then sealed up the 5 outside holes and found sticks in her back garden to use for the game. Finally, Carys even made her own dice!

Thank you for sharing your creativity with us, Carys!


This year we have subscribed to a new language learning tool called ‘Languagenut.’

Languagenut generates usernames and passwords for each student and allows them to log in and complete a variety of tasks. The tasks focus on reading, writing, speaking and writing.

The tool allows students to earn medals as they progress and complete tasks that support the language learning happening in our classroom. I can set particular tasks to ensure the current focus language is being practised through the program.

For students that bring their own iPad to school, I encourage you to download the ‘Languagenut’ app at home. This will allow your child to access the tool during German lessons as well as at home.

You can also use this program at

I will provide login details for your child to glue into their diaries.

Vielen Dank!

‘Wer bin ich?’ und ‘Wie immer ich?’

Many of the classes this week started their lesson with a choice of a game. The first choice is a favourite in the classroom and is the German equivalent of ‘Who am I?’

The second game was a new one! While I was in Germany this past summer I visited the Nuremberg Christmas Markets. They are one of the biggest and most impressive markets in Germany and I was not disappointed!

While there I found some wooden games called, ‘Wie immer ich?’ This game uses a wooden cylinder, a dice and black sticks to practice numbers. The aim of the game is to get rid of all of your sticks first. The students LOVED this new game and it was wonderful to see them enjoying something I brought back from Germany!

Eadie and Eliza’s Interview

In German the Year 4/5 students have had the task of developing interviewing skills. Students are reading and matching questions and answers and then are interviewing a peer, completely in German!

Eadie and Eliza completed this task today and then decided to film their interview using iMovie. I was VERY impressed with their fluency and pronunciation.

Please click the link ABOVE their photo to watch their interview!

Eadie and  Eliza’s Interview

Why Learn a Language?

During the first German lesson of the year the Year 3 – 7 students looked at why language learning was important. Students brainstormed ideas and reasons together before watching a short clip showing UK students talking about why language learning is important to them. Finally, students had the task of using iMovie to produce a short and raw video about why they think language learning is important.

Working within such a short time frame was a challenge! I was very impressed with what the students produced and we enjoyed sharing all the videos together at the end of each lesson.

Here are a selection of videos made by students from Year 3 to Year 7. Enjoy!

Video 1 – Year 7 students

Video 2 – Year 3 students

Video 3 – Year 5 students

Video 4 – Year 3 students

Video 5 – Year 7 students

Video 6 – Year 7 students

Wochen 1 und 2

What a great start to German at Craigburn in 2017!

During the first week, all classes from Years 3-7 explored the reasons behind why it is important to learn another language. The students first brainstormed and created a mind map in small groups before watching a clip of British students talking about why language learning was important to them. They then had a limited time (no more than half an hour in some cases!) to create a very short and raw iMovie clip talking about why it is important to learn a language. Some examples of these will be posted soon! All students did a great job and we had plenty of interesting discussions around the reasons and benefits of language learning.

The second week of German led us back into the German language, revising skills from last year and building upon this knowledge. The Year 3 students were introduced to the patterns of counting to 100 while the Year 4 and 5 students warmed up with a game of ‘Leute Bingo’ before problem solving and matching German questions and answers. The Year 6/7 students revised some basic skills before translating a piece of German text – fantastic work!

Where Frau Smith stayed in Germany – Lindau!

Over our summer I spent 5 1/2 weeks in Germany! My family and I travelled with a Year 10 school group on a school exchange, based mainly in LINDAU.

Lindau is a beautiful Bavarian town (southern Germany) and found on the edge of ‘Bodensee’ or Lake Constance. It is VERY close to other countries – Austria was a short 10 minute train ride away!

Here are some photos of Lindau Island. As we were there in the winter (and they had an unusually snowy start to January) we saw the town mainly in white.

Willkommen to 2017!

The new Australian school year has begun! And with the new year, we have a new room. German @ Craigburn has moved into a brighter and bigger space – with a view as well!

This year the Year 3-7 students will have 80 minute German lessons during Terms 1 and 3 and the Reception – Year 2 students during Terms 2 and 4.

I’m looking forward to an exciting term, after just have spent 5 1/2 weeks in Germany! I’m back with fresh ideas, authentic resources and am excited to share my experiences with the students.

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