German Level 2, Activity #02: Reisen / Travel (Face to Face)

Picture of a Lufthansa airplane flying.
Joe Ambrogio
Description: In this activity, students will practice talking about travel and where they would like to visit. Students will pretend to be another person and respond to questions about travel as if they were that person.
Semantic Topics: Travel, Reise, Character, Charakter, Person, Globe, Globus, Vacation, Urlaub, Dative, Dativform.

Products: Maps, Landkarten, Knowledge of an area in the U.S., Kenntnisse in einem Gebiet in den USA..

Practices: Supporting a German speaking individual to plan a trip to the U.S.  Unterstützung einer deutschsprachigen Person bei der Planung einer Reise in die USA.

Perspectives: “If you talk to a man in a language he understands, that goes to his head. If you talk to him in his language, that goes to his heart.” ― Nelson Mandela  „Wenn man mit einem Mann in einer Sprache spricht, die er versteht, steigt ihm das zu Kopf. Wenn man ihn in seiner Sprache anspricht, geht es ihm zu Herzen. ”- Nelson Mandela  Helping others in their native language is one benefit of learning a foreign language.   Anderen in ihrer Muttersprache zu helfen, ist ein Vorteil beim 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.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.
  • Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.

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.
  • Objective: CONN 1.1: Compare and contrast information acquired from other content areas.
  • Objective: CONN 1.2: Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can make decisions based on information provided.
  • I can discuss my own and other preferences about travel.
  • I can plan activities and things to do related to travel.

Materials Needed:


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

Öffnen Sie zunächst die Google Slideshow und stellen Sie die Can-Do-Statements für die heutige Aktivität vor.

2. Ask the students the following questions for the warm-up.

Stellen Sie den Schülern die folgenden Fragen für das Warm-up.

  • Where have you travelled in the USA?
    • Wohin seid ihr in den USA gereist?
  • What do you take with you when you travel?
    • Was nehmt ihr mit, wenn ihr reist?
  • Would you prefer to stay at a hotel or Airbnb?
    • Würdet ihr lieber in einem Hotel oder Airbnb übernachten? 
  • How do you prefer to travel?
    • Womit fahrt ihr lieber? (Mit dem Bus, mit dem Auto, mit der Bahn usw.)

Main Activity

Here are four people who want to travel to America. Read through to see what people like. You should find a perfect place that your person would definitely like.

Hier sind vier Personen, die nach Amerika reisen wollen. Lest mal durch, um zu sehen was die Personen mögen. Ihr sollt einen perfekten Ort finden, den eure Person bestimmt mögen würde. 

1. Divide students into pairs.

Teilen Sie die Schüler in Paare auf.

2. Each pair will be assigned a person from the slideshow (Michael, Saskia, Sebastian or Jule).

Jedem Paar wird eine Person aus der Diashow zugewiesen (Michael, Saskia, Sebastian oder Jule).

3. The students then have to come up with activities for the person to do in whichever city/state they choose.

Die Schüler müssen dann Aktivitäten für die Person in der von ihnen gewählten Stadt / Staat finden.

4. I-Pads can be used, but make it clear that they should try to use any knowledge they have about places in the USA that they have visited.

I-Pads können verwendet werden, aber machen Sie deutlich, dass sie versuchen sollten, jedes Wissen, das sie über Orte in den USA haben, die sie besucht haben, zu nutzen.

5. The students should make sure to include where the person will be staying, what they will be doing, what they should bring, and anything else and write it on the whiteboard.

Die Schüler sollten sicherstellen, dass sie angibt, wo sich die Person aufhalten wird, was sie tun werden, was sie mitbringen sollten und alles andere und es auf das Whiteboard schreiben.

6. The students then share with the group.

Die Schüler teilen dann mit der Gruppe.


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab:

Stellen Sie den Schülern die folgenden Fragen, um das Labor zu beenden:

  • Where do you want to travel?
    • Wohin wollt ihr reisen?
  • What do you do when you’re on vacation?
    • Was macht ihr, wenn ihr Urlaub habt?
  • What is your favorite city?
    • Was ist eure Lieblingsstadt?

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 make decisions based on information provided.
  • I can discuss my own and other preferences about travel.
  • I can plan activities and things to do related to travel.

Cultural Notes:  Easy German video on traveling by train in Germany.

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