German Level 3, Activity #03: “Theme Karten / Theme Cards”(Face to Face)

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Description: Students will answer questions related to the different theme card topics.

Semantic Topics: Beziehungen, Essen, Reisen, Freizeit, Kleidung, Familie, Freunde, Questions, Fragewörtern, Comparative, Vergleichend, Superlative, Superlativ.

Products: Theme Cards, Themankarten.

Practices:  Being able to talk about various cultural and social topics of people in German speaking lands.  In der Lage sein, über verschiedene kulturelle und soziale Themen von Menschen im deutschsprachigen Raum zu sprechen.

Perspectives:  Appreciation of  Germanic society and culture.  Wertschätzung der germanischen Gesellschaft und Kultur.

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 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: 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 talk about my daily activities and personal preferences.
  • I can ask and answer questions on factual information that is familiar to me.
  • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences.

Materials Needed:

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Ask the students questions regarding some of the topics on the cards: Relationships, Food, Travel, Free Time, Clothing, Family, Friends, University, Every Day Living, City Live, Hometown, Technology, Sports, Going Out, Shopping, Art, Music, Broadcasts

Stellen Sie den Schülern Fragen zu einigen der Themen auf den Karten:  Beziehunger, Essen, Reisen,  Freizeit, Kleidung, Familie, Freunde, Universitat, Alltag, Stadtleben, Heimat, Technologie, Sport, Wundertute, Gesundheit, Ausgegen, Einkaufen, Kunst, Musik, Sendungen, 

Main Activity

Theme Cards


1. Students will choose a theme card that gives a topic.

Die Schüler wählen eine Themenkarte, die ein Thema enthält.

2. Students will ask each other questions based on the theme that is on their card.

Die Schüler werden sich gegenseitig Fragen stellen, die auf dem Thema basieren, das auf ihrer Karte steht.


Have each student pick their favorite theme and have them discuss that card:  Why it is their favorite?  Do they have any specifics to share about that theme?

  • Lassen Sie jedem Schüler sein Lieblingsthema auswählen und diese Karte besprechen: Warum ist es sein Lieblingsthema? Haben sie Einzelheiten zu diesem Thema mitzuteilen?


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 ask and answer questions on factual information that is familiar to me.
  • I can participate in conversations on a number of familiar topics using simple sentences.
  • I can talk about my daily activities and personal preferences
Cultural Notes:  The Easy Germans go Shopping for Clothing.

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Let's Chat! German by Alexandria Crandall; Annika Henderson; Brenna McNeil; Camille Daw; David Crasper; Emma Eason; Erica Laursen; Jacob Cortez; Julia Dryer; Katherine Bukhantsov; Luca Heid; Mary Berheim; Mimi Fahnstrom; Naia Robinson; Nicole Woychick; Reagan Solomon; Robin Wagner; Sarah Lausch; Shawn Moak; Shelby Cole; Sophie Campbell; Stephi Arth; and Zahra Akbari is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-ShareAlike 4.0 International License, except where otherwise noted.

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