🦵German Level 2, Activity 09: Der Körper / The Body (Face to Face)

Picture of Da Vinci's Vitruvian Man
The Vitruvian Man by Leonardo da Vinci

Description: Students will be discussing body parts, making a body outline, and discussing individual characteristics.

Semantic Topics: body parts, körperteile, characteristics, eigenschaften, adjective, adjektiv

Products: Butcher paper for body outline Metzgerpapier für Körperumrisse.

Practices: Outlining individual student’s bodies. Die Körper der einzelnen Schüler skizzieren. Placing identification cards on the butcher paper where the different body parts are on the outline. Anbringen von Identifikationskarten auf dem Metzgerpapier, wo die verschiedenen Körperteile auf dem Umriss sind.

Perspectives:  It is important to know body parts in German when you are traveling to a German speaking country, just in case you are sick or injured when you travel. Es ist wichtig, Körperteile auf Deutsch zu kennen, wenn Sie in ein deutschsprachiges Land reisen, nur für den Fall, dass Sie auf der Reise krank oder verletzt sind.

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.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective CONN 1.2:   Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can identify and label parts of the body.
  • I can describe parts of the body.
  • I can recognize and use vocab related to aspects of someone’s identity.

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First students will play the game “Heads Up”. For this game each student will have a card with a body part on it, they will draw the card and put it up to their head without looking at it. All students will have a card help up to their head and they will take turns asking the other students yes or no questions and trying to guess what card they have on their forehead.

 Zuerst weden die Studenten “Heads Up” spielen. Für dieses Spiel muss jeder Student eine Karte mit einem Körperteil darauf nehmen. Sie müssen die Karte nehmen ohne es anzuschauen, und dann müssen sie es Oben auf ihrer Stirn halten (Damit die andere Studenten das Wort sehen können). Alle Studenten müssen eine Karte auf dem Stirn halten und dann gehen sie in einer Runde und stellen Ja oder Nein fragen um zu raten welches Wort sie haben. 

Main Activity

1. Have a volunteer lay down on the butcher paper and have everyone help trace the outline of their body.

Lasse einen Freiwilligen sich auf das Metzgerpapier legen und lasse alle helfen, die Umrisse ihres Körpers nachzuzeichnen.


2. Next, divide up the body part cards among the students.

Als nächstes teilen Sie die Körperteilkarten unter den Schülern auf.


3. The students will try to match the body part cards with where the body part is on the paper. They should draw the body part and label it on the paper.

Die Schüler versuchen dann, die Körperteilkarten mit dem Körperteil auf dem Papier abzugleichen. Sie sollten das Körperteil zeichnen und auf dem Papier beschriften.


4. After they have drawn and labeled everything have them come up with some information about the person. This will help for next week’s activity.

Nachdem sie alles gezeichnet und beschriftet haben, lassen sie sich einige Informationen über die Person einfallen. Dies wird für die Aktivität der nächsten Woche hilfreich sein.


5. Name, age, height, job, free time activities, hair color, eye color, etc.

Name, Alter, Größe, Beruf, Freizeitaktivitäten, Haarfarbe, Augenfarbe usw.

  • IMPORTANT: The instructor needs to keep the paper body that the students drew for next week.
  • WICHTIG: Der Lehrer muss den Papierkörper, den die Schüler gezeichnet haben, für nächste Woche aufbewahren.


Ask students the following question to finish the activity:

  • Habt ihr euch schon einmal einen Knochen gebrochen? Wenn das so ist, wie? (Have you ever broken any bones?  If so, how?)

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 and label parts of the body.
  • I can describe parts of the body.
  • I can recognize and use vocab related to aspects of someone’s identity.

Cultural Resources

Here is a fun video with Anya for more practice with  Body Parts.

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