German Level 1, Activity #06: Möbel und Wohnen / Furniture and Living (Online)

Living room with Couch, chairs, lamps and artwork
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Description: Students will work within a budget to find pieces of furniture to decorate their dorm room.
Semantic topics: Furniture, Möbel, Living Space, Wohnraum, Decorating, Dekoration, Budget.

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

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

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.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • 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.

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.

Warm Up

Questions

1. Do you live in an apartment, house, or dorm?

  • Wohnt ihr in einem Haus, in einer Wohnung, oder in einer Studentenwohnheim?

2. Do you live with your parents, partner, or friends?

  • Wohnt ihr mit euren Eltern, mit einem/er Partner/in, oder mit Freunden?

3. Do you like to decorate your rooms?

  • Dekoriert ihr euer Zimmer gerne?

4. Describe what a WG is for students. Show pictures and allow them to ask questions.

  • Erkläre zu Studenten was eine WG ist. Zeige Photos und förder Fragen.

Main Activity

Furniture Shopping

  • Möbel Shopping

1. Pair students off and have each pair open the furniture catalog link.

  • Paare Studenten zusammen und jedes Paar bekommt einen Möbel Kataloge.

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

  • Studenten müssen dann entscheiden welche Möbelstücke sie kaufen würden, Grund von die Beschreibungen und die €1000 Haushaltsplan.

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

  • Es gibt kein “richtiges” Antwort, aber Studenten sollen der Preis von jedes Ding und ihr Haushaltplan nicht vergessen.

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

  • Wenn Studenten fertig sind, die Paaren sollen ihre Entscheidungen präsentieren. Sie müssen erklären wieso sie es gekauft haben und wie es ins Haushaltsplan passt.

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

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

Wrap Up

Questions

Fragen

  • What was your favorite piece of furniture?
    • Welche Möbelstücke mögt ihr am liebsten?
  • Where do you like to buy furniture for your house/room/office?
    • Wo kauft ihr gerne Möbel?
  • What’s more important? Quality or price?
    • Was ist wichtiger, Qualität oder Preis?

End of Activity

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with 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 Notes:  Linked are two videos  The first over various living accommodations in Germany and the second, apartment living in Berlin.

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