German Level 2, Activity #01: Einführungstag / Orientation Day (Online)

Picture of a brown metal Willkommen sign hanging from a wooden post.
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Description:  Introduction and orientation.

Semantic Topics:  Introduction, Einführung, Questions, Fragen, Hometown, Heimatort, Collage, University, Universität, Preferences, Vorlieben, who, what, where, when, why, how, wer, was, wo, wann, warum, wie.

Products: German words, phrases, and sentences.  Deutsche Wörter, Phrasen und Sätze.

Practices: Introducing yourself and learning about others in the classroom. Sich vorstellen und über andere im Klassenzimmer lernen.

Perspectives: Friendly learning environments are key to successfully learning a foreign language. Freundliche Lernumgebungen sind der Schlüssel zum erfolgreichen Erlernen einer Fremdsprache.

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.

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.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can introduce myself to others.
  • I can review the activities.


Introductions & Kahoot

Anweisungen & Kahoot

1. Introduce yourself using the picture collage to aid understanding (collage optional).

Stellen Sie sich mit der Bildcollage vor, um das Verständnis zu verbessern (Collage optional).

2. Go around the group and have each student introduce themselves.

Gehen Sie durch die Gruppe und lassen Sie jeden Schüler sich vorstellen.

3. Play Kahoot with the students to review lab rules!

Spielen Sie Kahoot mit den Schülern, um die Laborregeln zu überprüfen!

Main Activity

One Word

Ein Wort

1. Students will play the game “one word.” The rule is that they can only use one word to answer the question.

Die Schüler werden das Spiel “ein Wort” spielen. Die Regel ist, dass sie nur ein Wort verwenden können, um die Frage zu beantworten.

  • Today we will play One Word. I will ask you many questions, and you will answer. But you can only answer with one word!
  • Heute spielen wir Ein Wort. Ich werde eure viele Fragen fragen, und ihr antwortet. Aber ihr könnt nur mit ein Wort antworten!

2. They can type their answers in the chat and then say them out loud to the group.

Erst tippt deine Antwort in dem Chat und dann jeder dein Wort sagen werden.

3. Students can also practice asking each other the questions using the cards provided, or the lab instructor can use the questions below.

Die Schüler können auch üben, sich gegenseitig die Fragen mit den bereitgestellten Karten zu stellen, oder der Laborleiter kann die folgenden Fragen verwenden.

  • What is your favorite color?
    • Was ist eure Lieblingsfarbe?
  • What is your favorite restaurant?
    • Was ist euer Lieblingsrestaurant in Boise?
  • Where are you from?
    • Woher kommt ihr?
  • What is your favorite sport?
    • Was ist euer Lieblingssport?
  • How old are you?
    • Wie alt seid ihr?
  • What time do you get up in the morning?
    • Um welche Uhrzeit steht ihr auf?
  • How many siblings do you have?
    • Wie viele Geschwister habt ihr?
  • What is your favorite food?
    • Was ist eure Lieblingsessen?
  • What is your favorite drink?
    • Was ist euer Lieblingsgetränk?
  • What is your favorite class?
    • Was ist euer Lieblingskurs?
  • What are you studying?
    • Was studiert ihr?
  • Who is your favorite music artist?
    • Wer ist eure Lieblingsmusiker/in?
  • What do you like to do in your free time?
    • Was macht ihr gerne in deiner Freitzeit?
  • Where do you like to travel?
    • Wohin reist ihr gerne?
  • Do you have a pet?
    • Habt ihr ein Haustier? Ja? Was?
  • What do you eat for breakfast?
    • Was esst ihr zum frühstück?
  • What is your favorite movie?
    • Was ist euer Lieblingsfilm?


Can do statement check-in… “Where are we?”

Kann Anweisungs-Check-in durchführen … “Wo sind wir?”

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 introduce myself to others.
  • I can review the activities.

Cultural Notes:  Linked here is an article discussing the importance of creating some stress free environments during language learning.  As a helpful reminder for students, this article will be linked in the Cultural Notes section in the first activity of each section.    Below is a fun video from Easy German What’s Your Favorite German Word.

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