🤫German Level 2, Activity 05: Quiet Hours in Germany / Ruhezeit in Deutschland (Online)

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Shawn Moak

Description: Students will discuss quiet hours and Sunday quiet times in Germany
Semantic Topics: Culture, kultur, quiet, ruhig, neighbors, nachbarinnen, work, arbeit, ruhezeit

Products: Google Presentation, Computers or Cell Phones

Practices: Learn the differences between Sundays in the United States and the Sunday/Quiet hours in Germany through a role-playing scenario. Lernen Sie die Unterschiede zwischen Sonntagen in den Vereinigten Staaten und den Sonntagen/ruhigen Stunden in Deutschland durch ein Rollenspiel-Szenario kennen.

Perspectives: Sunday hours and quiet hours are very important in the Germanic culture.  Sonntagsstunden und ruhige Stunden sind in der germanischen Kultur sehr wichtig.  Sunday is a day for peace and quiet in Germany.  Der Sonntag ist in Deutschland ein Tag der Ruhe.

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: 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • 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: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can understand and discuss the differences between Sundays in Germany and Sundays in the United States.
  • I can create a Sunday activity in Germany, using the computer to plan out the transportation, prices of activities, and food for the activity.
  • I can present information on Sunday plans in Germany in German.

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 Aussagen für die heutige Aktivität vor.


2. Ask the students about their normal Sunday activities.

  • Fragen Sie die Schüler nach ihren normalen Sonntagsaktivitäten.


3. Ask the students what they did last weekend.

  • Fragen Sie die Schüler, was sie letztes Wochenende gemacht haben.

Main Activity

Scenario – A  family from Munich is  trying to plan a Sunday with a visitor from the U.S.

  • Szenario – Eine Familie aus München versucht, einen Sonntag mit einem Besucher aus den USA zu planen.


Divide the students into groups of 3 or 4.

  • Teilen Sie die Schüler in 3er- oder 4er-Gruppen ein.


One person is the parent, one person is the German child/teenager.

  • Eine Person ist der Elternteil, eine Person das deutsche Kind/Jugendlicher.


One person is the visitor from the U.S.

  • Eine Person ist der Besucher aus den USA.


Discuss what each member of a family could or could not do.  ie…..Parents – do not go to “the office”, cannot drive a delivery truck – unless it is perishable foods, cannot mow the lawn, cannot hang laundry outside, cannot go shopping (all the shops closed).

  • Besprechen Sie, was jedes Familienmitglied tun oder nicht tun konnte. dh…..Eltern – nicht ins “Büro” gehen, keinen Lieferwagen fahren – es sei denn, es handelt sich um verderbliche Lebensmittel, nicht den Rasen mähen, nicht draußen Wäsche aufhängen, nicht einkaufen gehen (alle Geschäfte geschlossen).


Discuss what each member of a family can do.  ie… Can go on a walk in the park or hike in the mountains, visit a castle, to the movies, go to a museum, go to the local swimming pool, go to the neighborhood bakerie, go out to eat.

  • Besprechen Sie, was jedes Familienmitglied tun kann. dh… Kann im Park spazieren gehen oder in den Bergen wandern, ein Schloss besuchen, ins Kino gehen, in ein Museum gehen, ins örtliche Schwimmbad gehen, in die Nachbarschaftsbäckerei gehen, essen gehen.


Plan an activity from Marianplatz that the whole family could participate in on a Sunday.

  • Planen Sie eine Aktivität vom Marianplatz aus, an der die ganze Familie an einem Sonntag teilnehmen könnte.


Using a computer have the students figure out directions from the Marianplatz in Munich to the final destination.

  • Am Computer ermitteln die Schüler die Wegbeschreibung vom Marianplatz in München zum Zielort.


Have students plan the money needed for the activity, the type and time of travel, and where they will eat during the activity.

  • Lassen Sie die Schüler das für die Aktivität benötigte Geld, die Art und Zeit der Reise und wo sie während der Aktivität essen werden, planen.


Discuss both Sunday and quiet hours in Germany (by law 10:00 pm to 6 or 7 in weekdays – entire Sunday)

  • Besprechen Sie sowohl den Sonntag als auch die Ruhezeiten in Deutschland (gesetzlich 22:00 bis 6:00 Uhr oder 7:00 Uhr an Wochentagen – ganzer Sonntag)


Ask students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Was war Ihre geplante Aktivität.  (What was your planned activity)
  • Was unterscheidet einen typischen deutschen Sonntag von einem typischen US-Sonntag? (What is different between a typical German Sunday and a typical US Sunday?)
  • Welches System gefällt dir besser und warum?  (Which system do you like better and why?)

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 understand and discuss the differences between Sundays in Germany and Sundays in the United States.
  • I can create a Sunday activity in Germany, using the computer to plan out the transportation, prices of activities, and food for the activity.
  • I can present information on Sunday plans in Germany in German.

Cultural Resources

First is an English speaking video about Sunday’s in Germany.  Do NOT Do This on Sunday in Germany.  Second is an Easy German video about Shopping in Germany during Corona Virus times. Talking about Opening Hours in German.

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