📅German Level 1, Activity 04: Studentenplan / School Schedule (Online)

Picture of the outside of a new school building in Germany
Shawn Moak
Description: Students will practice the days of the week and describe their daily/weekly schedule.
Semantic Topics: school, schule, schedules, zeitpläne, daily life, alltag, routines, routinen, days of the week, wochentage, dative, dativ.

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 in German speaking countries, the importance of them, and how they are celebrated.  Verstehen Sie Feiertage im deutschsprachigen Raum, ihre Bedeutung und wie sie gefeiert werden.

Perspectives: German-language calendars differ slightly from US calendars. Deutschsprachige Kalender unterscheiden sich geringfügig von US-amerikanischen Kalendern.

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 spoken and written 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 cultures studied.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1- Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMP 1.1- Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1- Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

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.
  • I understand the similarities and differences between a calendar and student schedule in the United States and in Germany.

Warm Up

Put the days in order:

  • Ordne die Tage im richtigen Reihenfolge.

1. Students will look at the slide with the days of the week on them.

  • Studenten werden das Slide mit die Tage der Woche anschauen.


2. They then have to work independently to put them in the correct order on a piece of paper or in a private chat with the instructor.

  • Sie müssen selber arbeiten um die Tage im richtigen Reihenfolge zu ordnen. Dann schreiben sie es auf ein Blatt Papier oder schicken das Lehrer(in) einen Chat.


3. Afterward, the student and instructor will put the days in order altogether.

  • Dannach können die Studenten und der Lehrer die Tage zusammen ordnen.

Main Activity

1. Have students come up with as many school subjects they know and write them in their notes.

  • Studenten sollten eine Liste von so viele Schulsubjekten nachdenken wie möglich und sie in ihre Notizen schreiben.


2. Place students in breakout rooms to work in partners to build each other’s schedules, asking what they have on (day of the week, time of day.)

  • Setzen Sie die Studenten in Breakout Zimmern mit Partnern. Sie sollten einander ihre Zeitpläne bauen und dazu Fragen stellen.


3. They should write their schedules in their notes.

  • Sie sollten die Termine in ihrem Notizen schreiben.


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

  • Wenn sie damit fertig sind, können sie einander etwas von ihre Termine teilen.

Wrap Up

If there’s enough time, discuss the similarities and differences between a German calendar and an American one. For example, German calendars begin the week on Monday, and have different Holidays.

  • Wenn es genug Zeit gibt, diskutiere Ähnlichkeiten und Unterschiede zwischen einen deutsch Kalendar und amerikanische Kalendar. Zum Beispiel, deutsche Kalender beginnen die Woche mit Montag und haben unterschiedliche Feiertage.

End of Activity:

  • Read can-do statements 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.
  • I understand the similarities and differences between a calendar and student 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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