🕰️German Level 1, Activity 08: Zeit / Time (Face to Face)

German Clock
Laura Lauch
Description: Students will practice telling the time from visual and verbal cues. They will also practice responding to situations with a schedule.
Semantic Topics: time, zeit, plans, pläne, clock, watch, uhr, second, sekunde, hour, stunde, minutes, minuten.

Products: Clocks, Uhren.

Practices: Telling the time as Germans tell the time.  Die Zeit sagen, wie die Deutschsprachige die Zeit sagen. Understanding the German phrasing of time. Verstehe die deutsche Zeitformulierung.

Perspectives: The concept of time and the cultural concept of timeliness is important in German speaking countries.  Der Begriff der Zeit und der kulturelle Begriff der Pünktlichkeit sind im deutschsprachigen Raum wichtig.

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:

  • Understand the time when announced or shown to me.
  • Identify movies and the times they take place on a schedule.
  • Use simple information from someone’s schedule to make a recommendation.

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

  • Beginnen Sie mit der Einführung der Can-Do’s für die heutige Aktivität.


2. Students will practice telling time from a clock.

  • Die Schüler üben, die Zeit von einer Uhr auszusagen.


3. There are two types of questions: First, students will respond to a verbal reading of the time by writing the time on a whiteboard. These are the slides with the typed out times, and you shouldn’t switch to that slide until you’ve said the time. Second, students will be shown a time on the clock and they must respond verbally with the correct time. These are the slides with pictures of clocks.

  • Es gibt zwei Arten von Fragen: Bei der ersten Art schreiben Student*innen die von Ihnen vorgelesene Uhrzeit auf ein Whiteboard. Dies sind die Folien mit den eingegebenen Zeiten, und Sie sollten nicht zu dieser Folie wechseln, bis Sie die Zeit angegeben haben. Bei der zweiten Art von Fragen werden Student*innen Uhrzeiten angezeigt und sie müssen verbal darauf antworten. Dies sind die Folien mit Bildern von Uhren.
  • Students write the time on their whiteboards and the teacher asks the question “What time is it?”.
    • Die Studenten schreiben die Zeit auf den Whiteboards und der Lehrer stellt die Frage, “Wie spät ist es?”. 
  • Students verbally respond.
    • Die Studenten sprechen die Zeit aus. 

Make sure that students are using the correct format for time, and challenge them to use the more colloquial terms such as “quarter past….” or “half before…”

  • Stellen Sie sicher, dass die Schüler das richtige Format für die Zeit verwenden, und fordern Sie sie auf, auch die umgangssprachlicheren Begriffe wie “Viertel vor/nach …” oder “halb…”
  1. 3:00 – Drei Uhr
  2. 13:00 – Dreizehn Uhr oder ein Uhr
  3. 2:30 – Zwei Uhr dreißig oder halb drei

Main Activity

1. Split students into pairs.

  • Teilen Sie die Schüler in Paare auf.


2. Students will be given a schedule with different movie showings.

  • Die Schüler erhalten einen Zeitplan mit verschiedenen Filmvorführungen.


3. They will be presented with a situation about someone who wants to see a movie.

  • Sie werden dann mit einer Situation über jemanden konfrontiert, der einen Film sehen möchte.


4. They must find a movie that fits the situation.

  • Sie müssen dann einen Film finden, der zur Situation passt.


Ask students the following question to finish the activity:

  • Welchen Film möchtet ihr am liebsten sehen? (Which movie do you want to see the most?)

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:

  • Understand the time when announced or shown to me.
  • Identify movies and the times they take place on a schedule.
  • Use simple information from someone’s schedule to make a recommendation.

Cultural Resources

Letzt und dies (last and this – time reference) are always accusative articles needing the accusative ending.  Here is a great extra video on telling time in German.  The second is a good how-to video about learning German though movies and TV shows.

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