🛋️German Level 1, Activity 06: Möbel und Wohnen / Furniture and Living (Face to Face)

Living room with Couch, chairs, lamps and artwork
Description: Students will work within a budget to find pieces of furniture to decorate their dorm room. Die Schüler werden innerhalb eines Budgets arbeiten, um Möbelstücke zu finden, um ihr Wohnheimzimmer zu dekorieren.  Students will practice describing furniture and using terms related to money.  Die Schüler üben die Beschreibung von Möbeln und die Verwendung von Begriffen, die mit Geld zu tun haben.
Semantic Topics: money, geld,  furniture, möbel, dorm, wohnheim, apartment, wohnung, furnish, einrichten, catalog, katalog, gender, geschlecht

Products: Furniture, Möbel, Apartments, Wohnungen,  Houses, Häuser, Dormitories, Studentenwohnheime.

Practices: Understanding living standards and situations in German speaking countries.  Lebensstandards und Situationen im deutschsprachigen Raum verstehen.  Appreciating the differences in residences and furnishings.  Schätzen Sie die Unterschiede in Wohnungen und Einrichtungsgegenständen.

Perspectives: Spatial and land restrictions determine the living situation in German-speaking countries. Räumliche und landwirtschaftliche Beschränkungen bestimmen die Lebenssituation im 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 spoken and written language 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: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify types of furniture and rooms.
  • I can work within a budget to solve a problem, such as purchasing furniture for a room.
  • I can follow a description to find a solution.

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1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.

  • Beginnen Sie mit der Einführung der Can-Dos für die heutige Aktivität.


2. Ask the following questions to introduce students to the vocabulary.

  • Stellen Sie die folgenden Fragen, um die Schüler in den Wortschatz einzuführen.


  • Do you live in an apartment, house, or dorm?
    •   Wohnt ihr in einem Haus, in einer Wohnung, oder in einer Wohngemeinschaft?
  • Do you live with your parents, partner, or friends?
    •   Wohnt ihr mit euren Eltern, mit einem/er Partner/in, oder mit Freunden?
  • Do you like to decorate your rooms?
    •   Dekoriert ihr eure Zimmer gern?

Main Activity

1. Pair up students and give each pair a corresponding furniture catalog.

  • Paaren Sie die Schüler und geben sie jedem Paar einen entsprechenden Möbelkatalog.

2. The students choose which furniture they would buy based off the descriptions on the card and a 1000 euro budget.

  • Ihr müsst mit einem/er Partner/in arbeiten. Ihr habt 1000€ um eure Studentenwohnung zu dekorieren.

3. There is no “right” answer, but students should take into account the price of each thing and their budget.

  • Es gibt keine “richtige” Antwort, aber die Schüler sollten den Preis jeder Sache und ihr Budget berücksichtigen.

4. Once students are done have the pairs present their decisions to the group, including why they chose which pieces of furniture and how the furniture fits  into the budget.

  • Teilt uns mit was ihr gekauft habt und wie das mit dem Budget passt. 

5. If students finish quickly they can switch cards and do the activity again.

  • Wenn die Schüler schnell fertig sind, können sie die Aktivität mit anderen Karten wiederholen.


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

1. Welche Möbelstücke mögt ihr am liebsten? (What was your favorite piece of furniture?)

2. Wo kauft ihr gerne Möbel? (Where do you like to buy furniture for your house/room?)

3. Was ist wichtiger, Qualität oder Preis? (What’s more important? Quality or price?)

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 identify types of furniture and rooms.
  • I can work within a budget to solve a problem, such as purchasing furniture for a room.
  • I can follow a description to find a solution.

Cultural Resources

Linked are two videos  The first over various living accommodations in Germany and the second, apartment living in Berlin.

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