📅German Level 1, Activity 04: Termine und Wochentage / Schedules and Days of the Week (Face to Face)

Picture of the date, 03, October and two German flags on top of the date holder.
Description: Student will practice describing their schedule based on the different days of the week. Students will practice discussing different school subjects and their daily schedule.
Semantic Topics: schedule, zeitplan, calendar, kalender, weekdays, wochentage, weekend, wochenende, school, schule, major, hauptfach, activity, aktivität. 

Products: German calendar, Deutscher Kalender, U.S. Calendar, US-Kalender.

Practices: Get to know the differences between a calendar from a German speaking country and a calendar from the United States. Lernen Sie die Unterschiede zwischen einem Kalender aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum und einem Kalender aus den USA kennen.   Understanding holidays from German speaking lands, the importance of them, and how they are celebrated.  Verstehen Sie die Feiertage im deutschsprachigen Raum, ihre Bedeutungen und wie sie gefeiert werden.

Perspectives: Value and importance of holidays from German speaking countries.  Wert und Bedeutung von Urlauben aus dem deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture studied.
  • Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: COMM 3.1: Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.
  • Objective: CONN 1.2: Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements: 

  • I can talk about my weekly routine.
  • I can talk about what I learn and do.
  • I can list my classes and tell what time they start and end.
  • In my own and other cultures, I can understand the similarities and differences between a class schedule in the United States and in Germany.

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1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and  introduce the Can-Dos for the activity.

Öffnen Sie zunächst die Google Slideshow und stellen Sie die Can-Dos für die Aktivität vor.


2. Students will be given the days of the week cards.

Die Schüler erhalten Wochentagskarten.


3. Students will practice independently to put them in the correct order.

Die Schüler üben selbstständig, um sie in die richtige Reihenfolge zu bringen.


4. Afterwards show the correct order on the board and make sure that students have it correct.

Zeigen Sie anschließend die richtige Reihenfolge auf der Tafel an und stellen Sie sicher, dass die Schüler sie richtig haben.

Main Activity

1. Have students come up with as many school subjects they know and write them on the board as a word bank.

Lassen Sie die Schüler so viele Schulfächer wie möglich aufzählen und schreiben Sie sie als Wortsammlung an die Tafel.


2. Students will work in partners to build each other’s schedules, asking what they have on each day at different times.

Die Schüler arbeiten in Partnerarbeit, um die Zeitpläne des anderen zu erstellen und zu fragen, was sie an jedem Tag zu verschiedenen Zeiten haben.


3. Students will record each other’s schedule on the schedule cards.

Die Schüler werden den Zeitplan des anderen auf den Stundenplankarten aufzeichnen.


4. After students are done writing they will share with the group something about their partner’s schedule.

Nachdem die Schüler mit dem Schreiben fertig sind, werden sie der Gruppe etwas über den Zeitplan ihrer Partner mitteilen.


Discuss with students the similarities and differences between a German calendar and an American one.

Besprechen Sie mit den Schülern die Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen einem deutschen und einem amerikanischen Kalender.

End of Activity:

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)
  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about my weekly routine.
  • I can talk about what I learn and do.
  • I can list my classes and tell what time they start and end.
  • In my own and other cultures, I understand the similarities and differences between a class schedule in the United States and in Germany.

Cultural Resources

Linked is a video about German Ordinal and Cardinal numbers.  It is in both English and German.


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