👋German Level 1, Activity 02: Grüße und Einführungen / Greetings and Introductions (Online)

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Description: Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card, such as Heidi Klum. They will introduce themselves and greet other people, taking into account the times of the day and their feelings to review the different greetings.
Semantic Topics: greetings, grüße, introductions, einführungen, hello, hallo, goodbye, auf wiedersehen, time, tageszeiten, meet and greet, treffen, formal, formell, informal, informell, present tense, präsens.

Products: Various hello and goodbye sentences and everyday phrases in German. Verschiedene Hallo- und Auf Wiedersehen-Sätze und Alltagsphrasen auf Deutsch.

Practices: Practice different hello and farewell sentences and daily sentences in German. Üben Sie verschiedene Hallo- und Abschiedssätze und Tagessätze auf Deutsch.

Perspectives:  German daily sentences and “Hello and Goodbye” sentences can take different forms depending on the time day and the relationship of the speakers . Deutsche Tagessätze und „Hallo und Auf Wiedersehen“-Sätze können je nach Tageszeit und Verwandtschaft der Sprecher unterschiedliche Formen annehmen.

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:

  • I can say hello and goodbye to someone my age or younger, my professor, an adult, or someone I don’t know.
  • I can introduce myself and others.
  • I can respond to an introduction.
  • I can greet and take leave from someone using polite rehearsed behaviors.

Warm Up

1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity.

  • Öffnen Sie zunächst die Google Slideshow und stellen Sie die Can-Dos für die heutige Aktivität vor.


2. Students will be asked the time of day that appears in the pictures (morning, evening, and night). Then, the students will be asked what one says during these times of the day.

  • Die Schüler werden nach der Tageszeit gefragt, die auf den Bildern erscheint (morgens, mittag und abends). Dann werden die Schüler gefragt, was man zu diesen Tageszeiten sagt 


Hello – Hallo
Good Night – Gute Nacht
Sleep well – Schlaf gut
Good Day – Guten Tag
Good Afternoon – Guten Abend
Good Morning – Guten Morgen
I am pleased to meet you. – Freut mich, dich kennenzulernen.
Warm Welcome – Herzlich Willkommen
Thank you – Danke
Please – Bitte
Bye – Tschüss
Till Tomorrow – Bis Morgen
Good-Bye – Auf Wiedersehen
Greeting – Begrüßung


3. Depending on their comfort level, share options for them to choose from in the chat.

  • Abhängig von ihrem Komfortniveau können Sie Optionen teilen, aus denen sie im Chat auswählen können.

Main Activity

Students will have a “Meet and Greet” party where they will pretend to be the person on their card.

  • Die Schüler werden eine “Meet and Greet” -Party haben, bei der sie vorgeben, die Person auf ihrer Karte zu sein.


1. The instructor will share the card link with students in the chat. Each student will either be assigned or may choose an “identity” to assume.

  • Der Lehrer teilt den Kartenlink mit den Schülern im Chat. Jedem Schüler wird entweder eine “Identität” zugewiesen oder er kann eine “Identität” wählen, die er annehmen möchte.


2. The instructor will put students in break out rooms with partners.

  • Der Lehrer wird die Schüler mit Partnern in Break-Out-Räume bringen.


3. Have students leave breakout rooms voluntarily when they are done with their interaction, and assign new breakout rooms so they can talk with as many of their classmates as possible!

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler Breakout-Räume freiwillig verlassen, wenn sie mit ihrer Interaktion fertig sind, und weisen Sie neue Breakout-Räume zu, damit sie mit so vielen ihrer Klassenkameraden wie möglich sprechen können!

It may be a good idea to have them pick a new identity for every new breakout room to keep the conversation fresh.

  • Es kann eine gute Idee sein, dass sie für jeden neuen Breakout-Raum eine neue Identität auswählen, um die Unterhaltung frisch zu halten.


4. Students will discuss with each other, asking each other questions and responding based on the information on their cards including the emotion displayed by the emoji.

  • Die Schüler diskutieren miteinander, stellen sich gegenseitig Fragen und antworten basierend auf den Informationen auf ihren Karten, einschließlich der Emotionen, die durch das Emoji angezeigt werden.


  • Wie heißt du? (What is your name?)
  • Wie alt bist du? (How old are you?)
  • Woher kommst du? (Where are you from?)


5. The students should practice using the formal tense for their answers.

  • Die Schüler sollten üben, die formale Zeitform für ihre Antworten zu verwenden.

Wrap Up

Play Hangman with students.

  • Spielen sie Henker mit den Schülern. 

End of Activity:

  • Read can-do statements 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 say hello and goodbye to someone my age or younger, my professor, an adult, or someone I don’t know.
  • I can introduce myself and others.
  • I can respond to an introduction.
  • I can greet and take leave from someone using polite rehearsed behaviors.

Cultural resources

Here are links to two short videos; one on Hallo  and one on Good-bye in German.

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