German Level 1, Activity #11: Tägliche Routine / Daily Routine (Face to Face)

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Description: In this activity, students practice their memorization skills by discussing what they buy at the grocery store. Students will also practice asking and answering questions about their daily routine, what they like to eat, and where they shop.
Semantic Topics: Shopping, Einkaufen, Food, Essen, Store, Laden,  Likes and Dislikes, Vorlieben und Abneigungen,  Questions, Fragen.

Products: Foods, Lebensmittel.

Practices: Shopping for food, Essen einkaufen,  Eating German food,  Deutsches Essen essen

Perspectives: Certain dishes are attributed to the Germanic culture, such as: white asparagus, Mauthausen, and liver sausage. Bestimmte Gerichte werden der germanischen Kultur zugeschrieben, wie zum Beispiel: weißer Spargel, Mauthausen und Leberwurst.

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 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.
  • 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 talk about likes and dislikes.
  • I can identify ingredients in a dish.
  • I can talk about my eating preferences.

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

2. To warm up the students will take turns making up sentences about what they buy at the store. For example, the first student says “at the store I buy…” and then says something they buy.

  • Zum aufwärmen, die Studenten sagen was sie bei einem Laden einkaufen. Zum Beispiel: Bei Spar kaufe ich … [Der erste Student sagt was er im Laden einkaufen möchte mit den Worten “Bei Spar kaufe ich …“ ]

3. The second student says “at the store I buy…” and they say what the first student said AND what they would like to buy

  • Bei Spar kaufe ich …  und … . [Der zweite Student muss die Antwort des anderen wiederholen und selbst etwas kaufen.]

4. Continue around the group with each student saying what the previous students said and adding something else they would buy

  • Jeder Student hat die gleiche Aufgabe: Die Antwort der vorherigen/anderen Person wiederholen und selbst etwas sagen, was er/sie kaufen möchte.

Main Activity

1. Place the deck of questions cards face down in the middle of the table

  • Die Karten mit den Fragen an der Rückseite werden verdeckt in die Mitte des Tisches gelegt.

2. The first student draws a card and reads the question on the card

  • Der erste Student zieht eine Karte und liest die Frage auf der Karte vor.

3. The other students must answer the questions in a full sentence (the student who asks the question doesn’t have to)

  • Die anderen Studenten müssen auf diese Frage mit ganzen Sätzen antworten. (Derjenige, der die Frage gestellt hat, muss nicht antworten.)

4. Continue around the group, having the next student draw a card and ask the questions, and the other students answer

  • Der nächste Student ist an der Reihe und hat die gleiche Aufgabe. Er/Sie zieht eine Karte, liest die Frage vor und lässt die anderen Studenten darauf antworten. Dies wird in der Runde fortgeführt.


Ask the following questions to finish the activity:

1. What do you like to cook the most?

  • Was kochst du am liebsten?

2. Do you prefer to cook, do you like to order in,  or do you prefer to go to a restaurant?

  • Kochen Sie lieber, bestellen Sie gerne oder gehen Sie lieber in ein Restaurant?

3. Which German food do you know?

  • Welches deutsches Essen kennst du?

End of Activity

  • Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence.
    (Use thumbs up/thumbs down)

Lesen Sie noch einmal die Can-Do statements vor und lassen Sie die Studenten ihre Leistung bewerten. (Nutzen Sie Daumen hoch)

  • Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.

Raten Sie den Studenten, ehrlich bei ihrer Selbsteinschätzung zu sein.

  • Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future activities!

Passen Sie auf und nutzen Sie das Feedback für zukünftige Aktivitäten.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about likes and dislikes.
  • I can identify ingredients in a dish.
  • I can talk about my eating preference.

Cultural Notes: Here is a video over A Day in the Lives of the Easy German Team.

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