German Level 1, Activity #14: Winterferien / Winter Holiday (Online)

Picture of a typical German Christmas Market in the city center.
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Description: Students will practice comprehension skills by answering questions related to German Christmas activities.
Semantic Topics: Holiday, Vacation, Urlaub, Trip, Reise, Christmas, Weihnachten, Krampus, St. Nikolaus, Questions, Fragen.

Products: Christmas, Weihnachten.

Practices: Traditions related to Christmas traditions in German speaking lands.  Traditionen im Zusammenhang mit Weihnachtstraditionen im deutschsprachigen Raum.

Perspectives: German speaking countries have many cultural traditions surrounding Christmas. Im deutschsprachigen Raum gibt es viele kulturelle Traditionen rund um Weihnachten.

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.”
  • STANDARD 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the culture 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 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can effectively use the vocabulary I have learned throughout the semester.
  • I can answer questions related to the topic.
  • I can speak German for an extended period of time.

Warm Up

Prior knowledge

  • Vorkenntnisse

What do you already know about German Christmas traditions?

  • Was kennst du schon über Deutsche Weihnachtstraditionen?

Main Activity


1. Students will learn a few facts about German Christmas traditions.

  • Studenten werden ein Paar Fakten über Deutsche Weihnachtstraditionen lernen.

2. They will need to remember what they learned in order to play the Kahoot game and win points.

  • Sie müssen erinnern was sie gelernt haben um das Kahoot zu spielen.

3. They will answer questions related to what they learned.

  • Sie werden Fragen antworten relative zu was sie früher gelernt haben.



  • How does one say “Christmas” in German?
    • Wie sagt man “Christmas” auf Deutsch?
  • St. Nicholas comes when?
    • Der St. Nikolaus kommt wann?
  • Right or wrong? Christmas market starts on 1 December.
    • Richtig oder Falsch? Weihnachtsmarkts fang am 1 Dezember an.
  • Many people drink this drink at Christmas markets.
    • Das Getränk trinken viele bei Weihnachtsmarkts.
  • Which city has the largest Christmas market?
    • Welche Stadt hat die größte Weihnachtsmarkt?
  • Which city has the oldest Christmas market?
    • Welche Stadt hat die älteste Weihnachtsmarkt?
  • Right or wrong? Santa Claus brings gifts on December 24.
    • Richtig oder Falsch? Der Weihnachtsmann bringt Geschenke am 24 Dezember.
  • Who is the Christ Child?
    • Wer ist das Christkind?
  • What is a traditional Christmas dinner?
    • Was ist eine traditionelle Weihnachtsessen?
  • Who punishes the evil children?
    • Wer bestraft die böse Kinder?


  • Describe some of your holiday traditions.
  • Beschreiben Sie einige Ihrer Feiertagstraditionen.

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, ask questions, and try to use feedback for future activities!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can effectively use the vocabulary I have learned throughout the semester.
  • I can answer questions related to the topic.
  • I can speak German for an extended period of time.

Cultural Notes: Here a two videos over Christmas in Germany.  The first is over Weihnachtstraditionen in German.  The second is about Christmas traditions in Germany, in English but with German subtitles.

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