German Level 4, Activity #07: Karneval / Carnival (Online)

Photo of two individuals dressed-up for Karnaval

Description: Students will learn about the Carnival holiday in Germany, as well as what it is called in the different parts of Germany. Students will also give their opinions on a variety of different topics that go with this celebration.

Semantic Topics: Carnival, Holidays, Celebrations, Fastnacht, Fasching, Karneval, Adjective Use, Adjektivgebrauch, Conjunctions, Konjunktionen.

Products: Karneval, Mardi Gras.

Practices: Traditions related to Karneval in a German speaking country.  Traditionen im Zusammenhang mit Karneval in einem deutschsprachigen Land.

Perspectives:  Value attached to the cultural tradition of Karneval in a German speaking country.  Wert auf die kulturelle Tradition des Karnevals im deutschsprachigen Raum gelegt.

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.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Idaho Content Standards:

  • Objective: COMM 1.1- Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMP 1.1- Observe formal and informal forms of language.
  • 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 understand cultural aspects of Carnival.
  • I can compare celebrations in the U.S. with those in German speaking countries.
  • I can express and respond to opinions on celebrations.


  1. Discuss the Can-Do Statements with the Students
  2. Have you heard of Carnival before?
    Habt ihr den Begriff Karneval schon mal gehört?
  3. What do you know about Carnival already?
    Was versteht ihr schon über Karneval?

Main Activity

  1. We will watch this video about Carnival
    Wir werden dieses Video über Karneval sehen!
  2. Discussion Question:
    • What did you learn from the video?
      • Was habt ihr aus dem Video gelernt?
    • Why do Germans celebrate Karneval?
      • Warum feiern die Deutsche Karneval?
    • What do you do during and after Karneval?
      • Was macht man während/nach des Karnevals?
    • What do you eat and what do you drink?
      • Was isst man und was trinkt man?
    • Is there a similar holiday in the US?
      • Gibt es in den USA ein ähnliches Fest?
    • Would you join a political or funny parade there?
      • Schließt ihr euch einem politische oder lustig Wagen an?
    • How do you think Karneval should look during the Covid Pandemic? Do you think it is the same as normal?
      • Wie soll Karneval in der Coronazeit aussehen? Denkt ihr dass es das gleiche als normal ist?


  1. Discussion Question:
    • Would you visit Karneval?
      • Würdet ihr Karneval besuchen?
    • If yes, do you think you would enjoy it?
      • Wenn ja, glaubt ihr dass es euch gefallen würde?
    • What would you dress up as?
      •  Wie würdet ihr euch verkleiden?

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 understand cultural aspects of Carnival.
  • I can compare celebrations in the U.S. with those in German speaking countries.
  • I can express and respond to opinions on celebrations.

Cultural Notes:  Linked is a video from Deutsche Welle, Karnaval in Köln, Mainz und Rottweil.

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