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

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Description: Students will be discussing body parts, make 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:  Appreciating individuals for their unique body features while appreciating the equality of each student with one another is important to appreciating people. Die Wertschätzung von Individuen für ihre einzigartigen Körpermerkmale und gleichzeitig die Wertschätzung der Gleichheit jedes Schülers untereinander ist wichtig für die Wertschätzung von 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.

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 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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Heads up with body parts

Kopf hoch mit Körperteilen

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, weight, job, free time activities, hair color, eye color, etc.

Name, Alter, Größe, Gewicht, 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 für nächste Woche gezeichnet haben, aufbewahren.


Have you ever broken any bones?  If so, how?

Haben Sie sich schon einmal Knochen gebrochen? Wenn das so ist, wie?

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

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