German Level 2, Activity #12: Politik und die Umwelt / Politics and the Environment (Online)

Photo of three game pieces (black, red, yellow), a colored dice and a paper with Wahlen (elections) written on it.(vote) on it.

Description: Students discuss politics and the environment.

Semantic Topics: Politics, Politik, Environment, Umwelt, Conjunctions, Konjunktionen.

Products: Posters, Markers, Students’ individual environmental concerns. Poster, Marker, individuelle Umweltbelange der Schüler.

Practices: Students discuss politics and environmental protection in the German language. Studierende diskutieren Politik und Umweltschutz in deutscher Sprache.

Perspectives: The right for free elections is of crucial importance to those in German speaking lands.  Das Recht auf freie Wahlen ist für Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum von entscheidender Bedeutung.belief that humans are part of the natural world, and must respect and care for it, are very important to Germans and those in German speaking countries. Der Glaube, dass der Mensch ein Teil der Natur ist und sie respektieren und pflegen muss, ist den Deutschen und den Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum sehr wichtig.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.3  Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers 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 2.1  Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed in a variety of topics.
  • Objective: COMM 3.1  Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can discuss my involvement in politics.
  • I can discuss how I care for the environment.
  • I can use kick-word conjunctions.
  • I can discuss the importance of the environment and ways in which people can protect it.

Materials Needed:


Students create sentences from the parts of sentences provided in the Google Slides.
Die Schüler bilden Sätze aus den Klauseln in den Google-Folien

Main Activity

Are you politically active?  Why or why not?
  • Seid ihr politisch engagiert?  Warum oder warum nicht?
Do you vote?
  • Geht ihr wälen?
What do you find most important when you think of environmentalists?
  • Was findet ihr am wichtigsten, wenn man an Umweltschützen denkt?
An event with the topic of “environmental protection” needs a new poster.  You should do that!  Divide the students into breakout rooms of two of three.  Each room should make a Google slide and add a picture and words as in the example.  Why is it important?  Explain this to us.
  • Eine Veranstaltung mit dem Thema „Umweltschutz“ braucht ein neues Plakat. Du solltest das tun! Teilen Sie die Schüler in Breakout-Räume von zwei oder drei auf. Jeder Raum sollte eine Google-Folie erstellen und wie im Beispiel ein Bild und Wörter hinzufügen. Warum ist es wichtig? Erklären Sie uns das.
Bring them back together and have each room present their Google Slide!
  • Bringen Sie sie wieder zusammen und lassen Sie jeden Raum seine Google Slide präsentieren!


What are you doing for the environment?
  • Was macht ihr für die Umwelt?

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 discuss my involvement in politics.
  • I can discuss how I care for the environment.
  • I can use kick-word conjunctions.
  • I can discuss the importance of the environment and ways in which people can protect it.

Cultural Notes:  First is a Meet the Germans video over the History of Elections in Germany.  This is in English with German subtitles.  The second video is an interview, from DW, with Angela Merkel in German, after the Elections in 2021.

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