German Level 2, Activity #10: Der Körper, Gesundheit / Body Parts, Health (Face to Face)

PHoto of a doctor with arms folded
Karolina Grabowska

Description: Students use the drawings from the previous week to talk about health and doctors/patients.

Semantic Topics: Health, Gesundheit, Body, Köperteile, Doctor, Arzt, Patient, Adjective,  Adjektiv.

Products: Body outlines created in the prior activity. Körperumrisse, die in der vorherigen Aktivität erstellt wurden.  Illness cards.  Krankheitskarten.

Practices: Practicing discussing illnesses and symptoms with a medical personnel.  Üben, mit medizinischem Personal über Krankheiten und Symptome zu sprechen.

Perspectives:  Value of health and compassion with ill individuals.  Wert der Gesundheit und des Mitgefühls mit kranken Menschen.

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

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify medical issues and provide a recommendation 
  • I can use body part and health vocabulary to discuss health related scenarios
  • I can talk about my own health experiences

Materials Needed:


Have students identify the problems in the pictures and suggest solutions

Lassen Sie die Schüler die Probleme in den Bildern identifizieren und Lösungen vorschlagen

  • Sore Throat
    • Halsschmerzen
  • Headache
    • Kopfschmerzen 
  • The Flu
    • Grippe 
  • A Cold
    • Erkältung 
  • Broken Bones
    • Knochen brechen
  • To Hurt
    • sich verletzen
  • Depressed
    • deprimiert 
  • Dog Miserable (lol)
    • hundesmiserabel (lol)

Main Activity

Students must pretend that they are doctors and the drawing is a patient.

Die Schüler müssen so tun, als wären sie Ärzte und die Zeichnung ist ein Patient.

They have to come up with what is wrong with the patient

Sie müssen sich überlegen, was mit dem Patienten nicht stimmt

The students then come back together and discuss what is wrong with each patient

Die Schüler kommen dann wieder zusammen und besprechen, was mit jedem Patienten nicht stimmt

They then have to come up with potential cures for what they have decided is wrong with the patient

Sie müssen dann potenzielle Heilmittel für das finden, was sie für falsch entschieden haben


Have you ever had surgery?

Wurden Sie schon einmal operiert?

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 medical issues and provide a recommendation
  • I can use body part and health vocabulary to discuss health related scenarios
  • I can talk about my own health experiences

Cultural Notes:  Here is an Easy German Video, How to Describe Your Body in German

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