🧳German Level 3, Activity 02: Reisen / Travel (Face to Face)

Photo of a pencil drawing of Vienna.
Description: Students will be randomly assigned groups with the following cities: Berlin, Vienna, und Zurich. They will be given a budget and need to create an itinerary for a week-long stay.

Semantic Topics: Travel, Reisen, Transportation, Transport, Transportation,  Verkehrsmittel, Sightseeing, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Cities, Städte, Past, Present, Future,  Vergangenheit, Gegenwart, Zukunft.

Products: Google, Google Powerpoint.

Practices: Students create an itinerary for visiting Zurich, Berlin, or Vienna.  Die Studierenden erstellen eine Reiseroute für einen Besuch in Zürich, Berlin oder Wien.

Perspectives:  Trips to the world capitals of German-speaking nations are important for the appreciation of the individual nations. Reisen in die Welthauptstädte deutschsprachiger Nationen sind wichtig für die Wertschätzung der einzelnen Nationen.

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 written and spoken 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: COMM 2.1 Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can share my preferences with friends regarding travel.
  • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to travel/stay and why.

Materials Needed:


Ask the students travel questions using different tenses (where would you go, how would you travel there, where did you go (this summer?), where will you go (this weekend?)

Stellen Sie den Schülern Reisefragen in verschiedenen Zeitformen (wohin würden Sie reisen, wie würden Sie dorthin reisen, wohin gehen Sie (diesen Sommer?), wohin reisen Sie (dieses Wochenende?)

Main Activity

Use a number generator to randomly assign students into groups with the following cities: Berlin, Vienna, und Zurich. Give each group a budget for activities around their given city.

Verwenden Sie einen Zahlengenerator, um die Schüler zufällig in Gruppen mit den folgenden Städten zuzuweisen: Berlin, Wien und Zürich. Geben Sie jeder Gruppe ein Budget für Aktivitäten in der jeweiligen Stadt.


1. Put students into groups.

Setzen Sie die Schüler in Gruppen ein.


2. Each group will have a budget for traveling around a city.

Jeder Gruppe hat ein Budget für Reisen durch eine Stadt.


3. Each group is assigned a different city.

Jeder Gruppe wird eine andere Stadt zugewiesen.


4. Each group will need to budget out the activities to do in the city.

Jeder Gruppe muss die Aktivitäten in der Stadt budgetieren.


5. Have the groups write an itinerary on a shared google PowerPoint (every group will get 1-2 slides).

Lassen Sie die Gruppen eine Reiseroute auf einem gemeinsamen Google PowerPoint schreiben (jede Gruppe erhält 1-2 Folien).


6. Each group will share their results at the end.

Am Ende teilt jede Gruppe ihre Ergebnisse mit.


Ask the the students for following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Wohin in Europa seid ihr gereist? (Where have you traveled to in Europe?)
  • Im deutschsprachigen Raum? (In German-speaking countries?)
  • Was sind einige Höhepunkte/Missgeschicke beim Reisen? (What are some highlights/misadventures from traveling?)


Extra Activity:

Zusätzliche Aktivität:

If there is time leftover, ask about what their dream vacation would be. Discuss and comment on it!

Wenn noch Zeit übrig ist, fragen Sie, was ihr Traumurlaub wäre. Diskutieren und kommentieren Sie es!

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 share my preferences with friends regarding travel.
  • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to travel/stay and why.

CUltural Resources

Here is a video following the Easy German presenters as they Fly to Vienna.

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