🧑‍🤝‍🧑German Level 2, Activity 06: Menschen Beschreiben / Describing People (Online)

Photo of four friends conversing at a coffee shop.
Description: Students learn new German vocabulary to describe themselves and their family members.
Semantic Topics: Descriptions, Beschreibungen, Game, Spiel, Features, Funktionen, Adjective,  Adjektiv

Products: Name Cards, Namenskarten.

Practices: Using German descriptive language to describe individuals.  Verwendung der deutschen Beschreibungssprache zur Beschreibung von Personen.

Perspectives: Valuing people as individuals with individual characteristics.  Wertschätzung von Menschen als Individuen mit individuellen Eigenschaften.

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 language.

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 describe my physical features and personality.
  • I can describe the physical features and personalities of others.
  • I can understand the description of others.

Materials Needed




  • Describe your best friend, mom, dad, or sibling!
  • Beschreibe deine beste Freund(in), Mutter, Vater, oder einen geschwister!

Main Activity

Guess Who?: The Students will ask each other questions to try and guess the person they have.

  • Rate mal, wer?: Die Schüler werden sich gegenseitig Fragen stellen, um zu versuchen, die Person, die sie haben, zu erraten.


1. The instructor will make sure their Zooms are in gallery mode.

  • Der Lehrerstellt sicher, dass sich seine Zooms im Galeriemodus befinden.


2. Each student should chose a person to be from the Google People slide.

  • Jeder Schüler sollte eine Person aus der Google People-Folie auswählen.


3. The instructor will choose someone. They shouldn’t tell anyone who they’ve chosen.

  • Der Lehrerwählt jemanden aus. Sie sollten niemandem sagen, wen sie ausgewählt haben.


4. The instructor will call on a student. The students need to ask “Ja/Nein” Fragen:

  • Der Lehrer wird einen Studenten anrufen. Die Schüler müssen “Ja/Nein” Fragen fragen:
  • Hat deine Person rote Haare? (Does your person have red hair?)
  • Ist deine Person alt? (Is your person old?)
  • Ist deine Person eine Frau? (Is your person a women?)


5. The instructor will answer ‘Ja’ or ‘Nein’ and choose someone else to ask a question.

  • Der Lehrer antwortet mit “Ja” oder “Nein” und wählt eine andere Person aus, die eine Frage stellt.


6. Everyone should keep track of the answers. When they think they know who the chosen player is, they should type their guess into the chat.

  • Jeder sollte den Überblick über die Antworten behalten. Wenn sie denken, dass sie wissen, wer der ausgewählte Spieler ist, sollten sie ihre Vermutung in den Chat eingeben.


7. The instructor will reveal who guessed correctly.

  • Der Lehrer verrät, wer richtig geraten hat.


8. Then change the slide to the Neue Worter! Slide, have them guess the meaning of the new words and then switch to the descriptive words slides.

  • Dann wechseln Sie die Rutsche in den Neuen Worter! Lassen Sie sie die Bedeutung der neuen Wörter erraten und wechseln Sie dann zu den beschreibenden Wortfolien.


9. The same process as before but now the students will ask questions based on the words describing personality.

  • Der gleiche Prozess wie zuvor, aber jetzt werden die Schüler Fragen stellen, die auf den Worten basieren, die die Persönlichkeit beschreiben.


10. The Personality description can be done 1-2 times (depending on time).

  • Die Persönlichkeitsbeschreibung kann 1-2 mal (je nach Zeit) erfolgen.


Ask students the following question to finish the activities:

  • Wie würdet ihr euch selbst beschreiben? (How would you describe yourself?)

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 describe my physical features and personality.
  • I can describe the physical features and personalities of others.
  • I can understand the description of others.

Cultural resources

Here is a video from Easy German, “Finding Friends in Germany“.

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