⛷️German Level 1, Activity 10: Hobbys / Hobbies (Face to Face)


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Description:  Students will practice telling about their hobbies, their personal interests, and their free time activities.
Semantic Topics: hobbies, interests, hobbys,  interessen,  activities,  aktivitäten, questions, fragen.

Products: Hobby activity materials, Materialien für Hobbyaktivitäten.

Practices: Understanding the desire for those in German speaking countries to wander in the hills and mountains.  Den Wunsch der Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum verstehen, in den Hügeln und Bergen zu wandern.

Perspectives: Those living in German speaking lands place value and importance  on outdoor activities and care for their surroundings. Wer im deutschsprachigen Raum lebt, legt Wert auf Outdoor-Aktivitäten und pflegt seine Umgebung.

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 written and spoken language 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, 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 talk about likes and dislikes.
  • I can discuss my hobbies and free-time activities.

Materials Needed:


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and ask students the following question:

  • Was machst du Lieber? (What do you prefer to do?)


2. Students will be shown a variety of slides with two pictures. They can identify what the activities are in the pictures and identify which activity they would prefer to do.

  • Studenten werden Slides anschauen die zwei Bilder drauf haben von verschiedene Hobbies. Sie müssen identifizieren welchen sie liber machen wurden.


Possible answers for slides:

  • Skiing, Winter, Outdoors, Cold, Snow, Mountains, Trails, Ice, Freezing, Fun, Fast, Danger
  • Skifahren, Winter, Outdoor, Kälte, Schnee, Berge, Trails, Eis, Gefrieren, Spaß, Schnelligkeit, Gefahr
  • Reading, Studying, Window, Light, Sunshine, Bed, Comfortable, Peaceful, Quiet
  • Lesen, Studieren, Fenster, Licht, Sonnenschein, Bett, Gemütlich, Friedlich, Ruhig
  • Travel, Flying, Bus, Plane, Train, Walking, Cities, Countries, Foreign, Domestic, Passport, Monuments, Sightseeing, Fun, Tired
  • Reisen, Fliegen, Bus, Flugzeug, Zug, Wandern, Städte, Länder, Ausland, Inland, Reisepass, Denkmäler, Sehenswurdkeiten, Spaß, Müde
  • Fish, Fishing, Lake, Sea, Pond, River, Stream, Friends, Family, Food, Dock, Fishing Pole
  • Fisch, Angeln, See, Meer, Teich, Fluss, Bach, Freunde, Familie, Essen, Dock, Angelrute
  • Hiking, Dog, Puppy, Hot, Trails, Mountains, Trees, Desert, Hat, Backpack, Water, Clouds, Exercise
  • Wandern, Hund, Welpe, heiß, Pfade, Berge, Bäume, Wüste, Hut, Rucksack, Wasser, Wolken, Bewegung
  • Knitting, Handicraft, Yarn, Needles, Sweater, Hat, Relaxing
  • Stricken, Basteln, Garn, Nadeln, Pullover, Mütze, Entspannen
  • Homework, Nap, Study, Studying, Coffee, Textbooks, Pen, Pencil, Desk, Dormitory, Finals, Exam
  • Hausaufgaben, Nickerchen, Lernen, Kaffee, Lehrbücher, Kugelschreiber, Bleistift, Schreibtisch, Schlafsaal, Abschlussarbeiten, Prüfung
  • Camping, Stars, Dark, Quiet, Friends, Campfire, Outdoors, Water, Land, Sea, Shooting Star, Moon
  • Lager, Camping, Sterne, Dunkel, Ruhe, Freunde, Lagerfeuer, Im Freien, Wasser, Land, Meer, Sternschnuppe, Mond


3. Ask students to follow up with why they prefer one of the activities over the other.

  • Frage Studenten wieso sie diese Hobbies liber haben als die anderen.

Main Activity

1.  Put the students in pairs/groups of 2 to 3.

  • Studenten sollen in Paaren oder Gruppen von 2 bis 3 Personen sein.


2. Have them ask each other questions about their hobbies and which hobbies they do not like at all.

  • Sie müssen einander Fragen stellen über ihre Hobbies. Welche sie gern haben und welche nicht.


3. Partners should also ask about how often the person does the activity.

  • Partnern sollen auch fragen wie oft sie diese Hobbies tun. 
  • For example, if the person says they like to go hiking, there should be follow-up questions of where and how often the person does the activity. So the person could ask: where do you hike? How often do you go hiking?
  • Zum Beispiel, wenn Jemand sagt dass, sie wandern mögen, sie sollen Folgefragen stellen.
    • I like to hike.
      • Ich wandere gern. 
    • Where do you go hiking?
      • Wo gehst du wandern?
    • I go hiking in the Foothills.
      • Ich gehe in den Foothills wandern. 
    • How often do you go hiking?
      • Wie oft gehst du wandern? 
    • I go hiking twice a week.
      • Ich gehe wandern zwei Mal pro Woche wandern. 


4. When students are done going through their hobbies, have them come back together . Ask students to talk about/introduce the hobbies of their partners.

  • Wenn sie fertig sind, sollen Student zurück zum kommen und müssen über die Hobbies von ihre Partnern sprechen.


Ask students the following question to finish the activity:

  • Du bist ein Prominente, was würdest du machen? (If you were famous, what hobbies would you have?)

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 talk about likes and dislikes.
  • I can discuss my hobbies and free-time activities

Cultural Resources

Here is a video in English, with German subtitles, on German hikers.  The second video is an Easy German video, How do Germans Spend Their Summer.

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