German Level 1, Activity 05: Hunting For Art/Jagd nach Kunst (Online)

Photo of an artist's palette paint and paintbrush
Daian Gans Pexels
Description: In the Warm-Up students will view a slide with works from German artists.  They are going to describe the art with old and new adjectives.  There is a clue about art in the warm-up word slide, Deutsche Adjektive. (it is written in the colors of the rainbow and then the three primary colors) The students then put these new and old adjectives to use as they digitally search museums in Berlin, hunting for art that depicts certain adjectives.  Finally, in the end have students share about other German art types they enjoy – music, architecture, design…
Semantic Topics:  art, kunst, museums, museen, adjectives, adjektive, colors, farben

Products: Language, Sprache, Words, Wörter, Adjectives, Adjektive, Museums of Berlin digital site, Staaliche Museen zu Berlin

Practices:  Hunting for art that depicts certain adjectives. Jagd nach Kunst, die bestimmte Adjektive darstellt.

Perspectives:  Value of German art and artists. Wert  deutscher Kunst und Künstler.

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.

Idaho State Content Standards: 

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: CLTR: 1.1:    Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm of the target culture.
  • 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 take a list of adjectives and apply them to different works of art.
  • I can describe different pieces of art to my peers.
  • I can answer questions about German art and artists.

Warm Up

1. Begin by discussing the Can-Do statements.

  • Beginnen Sie mit der Diskussion der Can-Do-Aussagen.


2. Show the slide with the list of adjectives.  Ask if there are any questions about the adjective list.

  • Zeigen Sie die Folie mit der Liste der Adjektive. Fragen Sie, ob Sie Fragen zur Adjektivliste haben.


3. Divide the students into breakout rooms with  groups of twos or threes.

  • Teilen Sie die Schüler in Zweier- oder Dreiergruppen in Breakout Rooms ein.


4. Randomly assign 4 or 5 adjectives to each room.

  • Ordnen Sie jedem Raum zufällig 4 oder 5 Adjektive zu.


5. Display the slide containing the German artwork and have it available for each breakout room. 

  • Zeigen Sie die Folie mit dem deutschen Kunstwerk und halten Sie sie für jeden Breakout Room bereit.


6. Have the students assign the correct adjectives to different artworks.

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler verschiedenen Kunstwerken die richtigen Adjektive zuordnen.


7. Bring the students back together to talk about their different adjectives and what adjectives they attributed to each artwork.

  • Bringen Sie die Schüler wieder zusammen, um über ihre verschiedenen Adjektive zu sprechen und darüber, welche Kunstwerke sie den einzelnen Adjektive zugeschrieben haben.

Main Activity

1. Tell the students they are tasked with assisting an art curator in setting up a small, pop-up art exhibition.  The curator needs different types of art and styles to make a complete collection.

  • Sagen Sie den Schülern, dass sie die Aufgabe haben, einem Kunstkurator bei der Einrichtung einer kleinen Pop-up-Kunstausstellung zu helfen. Der Kurator benötigt verschiedene Kunstarten und -stile, um eine vollständige Sammlung zu erstellen.


2. Divide the students into breakout rooms of 2 or 3.

  • Teilen Sie die Schüler in Breakout Rooms von 2 oder 3 auf.


3. Have each breakout room open the digital link for the state museums in Berlin (located in the material’s needed section).

  • Lassen Sie in jedem Breakout Room den digitalen Link für die Staatlichen Museen zu Berlin öffnen (befindet sich in der erforderlichen Rubrik des Materials).


4. Each breakout room is responsible to find a work of art that depicts at least four of the adjectives used in the warm-up.

  • Jeder Breakout Room ist dafür verantwortlich, ein Kunstwerk zu finden, das mindestens vier der im Warm-up verwendeten Adjektive darstellt.


5. With about 10 minutes left have the students come back together and, using their adjectives, share about the artwork they found.

  • Nach etwa 10 Minuten kommen die Schüler wieder zusammen und tauschen sich unter Verwendung ihrer Adjektive über die Kunstwerke aus, die sie gefunden haben.


Wrap Up

Ask students the following question(s) to end the activity:

  • Welche deutsche Kunst / Künstler mögen Sie? (What German art / artists do you like?)
  • Gibt es andere Arten von deutscher Kunst, die Sie mögen – Architektur, Musik, Design? (Are there other types of German art you enjoy – architecture, music, design?)

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 take a list of adjectives and apply them to different works of art.
  • I can describe different pieces of art to my peers.
  • I can answer questions about German art and artists.

Cultural Resources

Linked is a video from the Deutsches Historisches Museum from  This is an English video touring a little of the museum and talks about the great renovation that the museum is undertaking.  The second video is a tour of Museuminsel.  It is all German with no subtitles, but good for a tour of Museuminsel.


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