German Level 2, Activity #03: Besichtigung / Sightseeing (Online)

Photo of two women standing in front of a spray painted wall with the words Berlin and New York.
Xu Chen
Description: Students will work together to match German sights to their descriptions and try to find interesting facts about a couple of the sights that they would like to know more about.
Semantic Topics: Sightseeing, Attractions, Sehenswürdkeiten, Travel, Reisen, Activity, Aktivität, Country, Land.

Products:  Knowledge of different tourist attractions in the U.S. and abroad.  Kenntnisse über verschiedene touristische Attraktionen in den USA und im Ausland. Photos of German tourist attractions.  Fotos von deutschen Sehenswürdigkeiten.

Practices: Getting to know various tourist attractions in German speaking countries. Kennenlernen verschiedener Touristenattraktionen im deutschsprachigen Raum.  Understanding the cultural importance of various tourist attractions and the reasons they are there.

Perspectives:  Tourist attractions in the German-speaking area were culturally relevant when they were created and can provide information about the cultural present and past in the German-speaking area. Touristische Attraktionen im deutschsprachigen Raum waren bei ihrer Entstehung kulturell relevant und können Auskunft über die kulturelle Gegenwart und Vergangenheit im deutschsprachigen Raum geben.

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 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures 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 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • Objective: CLTR 2.1: Analyze the significance of a product (art, music, literature, etc…) in a target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can recognize familiar names of places discussed on a tour.
  • I can identify my favorite people, places, or things from a list.
  • I can name places in my community, town, city, state or country

Material Needed

Warm-up

Ask students what popular attractions exist in the following places:

Fragen Sie die Schüler, welche beliebten Attraktionen es an den folgenden Orten gibt:

  • France
    • Frankreich
  • USA
    • USA
  • Japan
    • Japan
  • China
    • China
  • Italy
    • Italien
  • Netherlands
    • Die Niederlande
  • Australia
    • Australien
  • Mexico
    • Mexiko
  • United Kingdom
    • Vereinigtes Königreich

Main Activity

Type your exercises here. Students will use their devices to play a Kahoot game. The goal is to match the description to the place in the picture.

Geben Sie hier Ihre Übungen ein. Die Schüler werden ihre Geräte verwenden, um ein Kahoot-Spiel zu spielen.Ziel ist es, die Beschreibung an die Stelle im Bild anzupassen.

  • After matching, the students will choose two or three places from the cards they would like to visit and research that place and give a few more details at the end of the activity.
  • Nach dem Matching wählen die Schüler zwei oder drei Orte aus den Karten aus, die sie besuchen möchten, und recherchieren diesen Ort und geben am Ende der Aktivität ein paar weitere Details an. 
    • For this, allow students to go back and research some of the cities that were mentioned in the Kahoot!
    • Erlauben Sie den Schülern, einige der Städte zu erforschen, die im Kahoot erwähnt wurden!

Wrap-up

Ask students the following questions to finish the lab:

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

  • Which sights do you like the most? Museums, old buildings, castles, churches…?
    • Welche Sehenswürdigkeiten mögt ihr am liebsten? Museen, alte Gebäude, Schlösser, Kirchen…? 
  • Which sights have you already visited?
    • Welche Sehenswürdigkeiten habt ihr schon besucht?

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 recognize familiar names of places discussed on a tour.
  • I can identify my favorite people, places, or things from a list.
  • I can name places in my community, town, city, state or country.

Cultural Notes:  Here are a couple of videos on tourist attractions in German.  The first is about Castles, in English but with German subtitles.  The second is an Easy German video about the most beautiful places in Germany.

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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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