German Level 4, Activity #01: Einleitung / Introduction (Online)

Iron Willkommen Sign

Description:  Students Learn Lab Rules,  Play Bingo,  Introduce Themselves

Semantic Topics: Introduction, Einführung, Fragen, Questions, Conjunctions, Konjunktionen.

Products: Bingo Cards, Kahoot, Bingokarten, Kahoot.

Practices: Taking turns answering questions in German.  Listening to classmates to get to know them better.  Abwechselnd beantworten Fragen auf Deutsch. Mitschülern zuhören, um sie besser kennenzulernen.

Perspectives: Appreciating the differences in the students of the German speaking language.  Anerkennung der Unterschiede bei den Schülern der deutschsprachigen Sprache.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1  Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.3  Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • 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 ask open ended questions about technology, family, food, and travel.

Materials Needed:



  •      Orientierung

1. Go through the Week 1 Activity presentation, the orientation for students. It discusses the activity rules and philosophies (listed in the speaker notes), which we call SPEAK.

  • Gehen Sie durch die erste Woche Aktivität-Präsentation, die eine Orientierung für Studenten ist. Diskutieren Sie die Laborregeln und Philosophien (aufgeführt in den Sprechernotizen), die wir SPEAK nennen.

2. Discuss how students can access the WLRC virtually and what assistance is available for them.

  • Besprechen Sie, wie Studierende virtuell auf das WLRC zugreifen können und welche Hilfen für sie zur Verfügung stehen.


All languages will be doing the same activity for this week.

  •      Alle Sprachen werden diese Woche die gleiche Aktivität durchführen.

Lab Rules Review Playing Kahoot

  •     Überprüfung der Laborregeln Kahoot spielen

Review the Can-Do Statements with the Students


Main Activity

Before starting the activity,  model a few sample questions for the students.

      Bevor Sie mit der Aktivität beginnen, modellieren Sie ein paar Beispielfragen für die Schüler.



Technology question: Do you prefer Android or Apple, and why?

  •  Technologie Fragen: Bevorzugen Sie Android oder Apple und warum?

Answer:  I have an Apple iPhone and I like it because it is easy to use, but it costs a lot of money.

  •  Antwort:  Ich habe ein Apple iPhone und es gefällt mir, weil es einfach zu bedienen ist, aber viel Geld kostet.

Family Question: Who is your favorite family member?

  •  Familienfrage: Wer ist Ihr Lieblings Familienmitglied?

Answer: I do not have a favorite family member,  but I love to go out to dinner with my sister because she always pays.

  •  Antwort: Ich habe kein Lieblingsfamilienmitglied, aber ich gehe gerne mit meiner Schwester essen, weil sie immer bezahlt.


Divide the students into groups of 2 or 3 in Zoom Breakout Rooms.  Share the link to the picture slide in the Zoom chat.

1. Students must formulate OPEN-ENDED questions relating to the picture in the square and ask another student. Encourage conversation that relates to their picture.

  • Die Schüler müssen offene Fragen zu dem Bild auf dem Quadrat formulieren und einen anderen Schüler fragen. Ermutigen Sie Gespräche, die sich auf ihr Bild beziehen.

2. Students should take turns asking and answering questions from each box.

  • Die Schüler sollten abwechselnd Fragen aus jeder Box stellen und beantworten.



After everyone is done, go square by square and ask students to report back what they learned from the other students (their answers) about the squares from the questions they asked.

     Nachdem alle fertig sind, gehen Sie Quadrat für Quadrat vor und bitten Sie die Schüler, zu berichten, was sie von den anderen Schülern (ihre Antworten) über die Felder aus den von ihnen gestellten Fragen gelernt haben.

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 open ended questions about technology, family, food, and travel.

Cultural Notes:  Linked here is an article discussing the importance of creating some stress free environments during language learning.  As a helpful reminder for students, this article will be linked in the Cultural Notes section in the first activity of each section..

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