German Level 2, Activity #04: Gesundes Leben / Healthy Living (Online)

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Description: In this activity, students will review vocabulary relating to the body and parts of the body. Additionally, students will practice talking about health and how they stay healthy. 
Semantic Topics: Body, Körper, Health, Gesundheit, Healthy, Gesund, Sports, Sport, Food, Essen, Nutrition, Ernährung.

Products: Healthy living cards.  Gesund leben karten.

Practices: Healthy living activities.  Aktivitäten für ein gesundes Leben.

Perspectives: Healthy living and outdoor activities are important in German speaking countries.  Gesundes Wohnen und Outdoor-Aktivitäten sind im deutschsprachigen Raum wichtig.

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 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: 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 identify and label parts of the body.
  • I can discuss healthy and unhealthy habits.
  • I can use body parts and health vocabulary to discuss health-related scenarios.
  • I can talk about my own health experiences.


Discussion Questions:


  • What do you do to be healthy?
    • Was macht ihr, um gesund zu sein?
  • Do you eat healthy?
    • Esst ihr gesund?
  • Which sports do you play?
    • Welchen Sport treibt ihr?

Main Activity

Share the Parts of the Body charades flashcards in the Chat.

Teilen Sie die Karteikarten für die Scharade der Körperteile im Chat.

1. Divide students into two teams, everyone staying in the same zoom room.

Teilen Sie die Schüler in zwei Teams auf, die alle im selben Zoom-Raum bleiben.

2. Decide which team will go first and one team member will choose a card and begin to describe the action they chose. They will have 20 seconds per card.

Entscheiden Sie, welches Team zuerst geht, und ein Teammitglied wählt eine Karte aus und beginnt, die gewählte Aktion zu beschreiben. Sie haben 20 Sekunden pro Karte.

3. Students will then try to guess what the student is describing in German.

Die Schüler werden dann versuchen zu erraten, was der Schüler auf Deutsch beschreibt.

4. Repeat until one team reaches 9 points or the cards are gone.

Wiederholen Sie, bis ein Team 9 Punkte erreicht oder die Karten weg sind.

*** This activity can also be done by drawing using the annotate feature (pictionary) or by acting out the activity (charades)

***Diese Aktivität kann auch durch Zeichnen mit dem Anmerkungs-KE (Bild) oder durch Ausführen der Aktivität (Scharaden) erfolgen.

Example Charades Cards:

Beispiel Charade Karten:

  • Joggen gehen
  • Aerobic machen
  • Gewichte heben
  • Tanzen
  • Yoga machen
  • Tennis Spielen
  • Schwimmen
  • Fußball spielen
  • Badminton spielen
  • Basketball spielen
  • Wandern
  • Fahrrad fahren
  • Klettern
  • Spazieren gehen
  • Sich waschen
  • Sich eincremen
  • Sich rasieren
  • Genug schlafen
  • Entspannen
  • Die Zähne putzen
  • Nicht rauchen
  • Weniger Alkohol trinken
  • Vitamine nehmen
  • Gesund essen
  • Die Haare bürsten


Ask students the following questions to finish the lab:

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

  • Can someone be too healthy?
    • Kann jemand zu gesund sein?
  • What do you do to be unhealthy?
    • Was macht ihr, um ungesund zu sein?

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 identify and label parts of the body.
  • I can discuss healthy and unhealthy habits.
  • I can use body parts and health vocabulary to discuss health-related scenarios.
  • I can talk about my own health experiences.

Culture Notes:  Here is a video, in German,  about eating breakfast in Berlin.


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