🧳German Level 2, Activity 13: Reisen / Travel (Face to Face)

Picture of a chalk drawing of the earth and a toy plane on top of the drawing
Andrea Piacquadio

Description: Students use German to talk about living in Boise.  Students create activities for visitors to do in Boise. Students discuss previous travels.

Semantic Topics: travel, reisen, activities, aktivitäten, sightseeing, sehenswürdigkeiten, conjunctions  konjunktionen

Products: People cards, knowledge of Boise, I-Pads or cell phones to look up information.  Personenkarten, Boise-Kenntnisse, I-Pads oder Handys zum Nachschlagen von Informationen.

Practices: Learning about an person’s likes and dislikes and planning a trip to Boise for this individual.  Erfahren Sie mehr über die Vorlieben und Abneigungen einer Person und planen Sie für diese Person eine Reise nach Boise.

Perspectives: Appreciating the preferences of others in activities to make their trip as comfortable as possible.  Wertschätzung der Vorlieben anderer bei Aktivitäten, um ihre Reise so angenehm wie möglich zu gestalten.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard: 1.1  Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard: 1.3  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 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: COMM 3.2: Adapt presentation to various audiences of listeners, readers, or viewers.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can plan a trip.
  • I can talk about travel details.
  • I can understand other people’s preferences and plan accordingly.

Materials Needed:

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Questions about where-to in Boise:

Fragen zum Zielort in Boise:

  • Wo ist das beste Essen in Boise? (Where is the best place to eat in Boise?)
  • Wo kann man am besten ein Bild von Boise machen? (Where is the best place to take a picture?)
  • Wo kann man am besten spazieren gehen? (Where is the best place to go for a walk?)
  • Wo kann man am besten neue Klamotten kaufen? (Where is the best place to buy new clothes?)
  • Wo kann man schöne Natur genießen? (Where can you enjoy beautiful nature?)


*Note: Educators are welcome to change questions to focus on a different city.

Main Activity

1. Divide students into pairs.

Schüler teilen sich in Paare auf.


2. Each pair receives a card with a description of a person on it that includes their name, where they are from, and details about their ideal trip.

Jedes Paar erhält eine Karte mit einer Beschreibung einer Person, die ihren Namen, ihre Herkunft und Details zu ihrer idealen Reise enthält.


3. The students then have to come up with activities for the person to do in Boise that fit the description provided.

Die Schüler müssen dann Aktivitäten für die Person in Boise ausdenken, die der bereitgestellten Beschreibung entsprechen.


4. They can use iPads if they need but should rely mostly on their own knowledge of Boise.

Sie können bei Bedarf iPads verwenden, sollten sich jedoch hauptsächlich auf ihre eigenen Kenntnisse in Boise verlassen.


5. The students should make sure to include where the person will be staying, what they will be doing, places that they will eat, and anything else and write it on the whiteboard.

Die Schüler sollten darauf achten, wo sich die Person aufhält, was sie tun wird, wo sie essen wird, und alles andere, und sie auf die Tafel schreiben.


6. The students then share with the group.

Die Schüler teilen sich dann mit der Gruppe.


Ask students the following questions to finish the activity:

  • Was ist euer Lieblingsurlaub die ihr gemacht habt? (What is your favorite trip you have taken?)
  • Was macht ihr am liebsten in Boise? (What are your favorite things to do in Boise?)
  • Habt ihr je eine Reise mit Hilfe einer Reisebüro geplant? (Have you ever used a travel company to plan a vacation?)

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 plan a trip.
  • I can talk about travel details.
  • I can understand other people’s preferences and plan accordingly.

Cultural Resources

Linked is an Easy German video, Joining Them on a Road Trip Travelling.

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