German Level 4, Activity #05: Alltag und Aberglaube / Everyday Life and Superstition (Face to Face)

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Description: Students practice describing their everyday life.  Students pretend they are a celebrity and answer questions about their celebrity everyday life.

Semantic Topics: Alltag, Everyday Life, Celebrity, Bervühmtheit, Conjunction, Konjunktionsgebrauch.

Products: Personal knowledge of everyday life.  Google slide show of individuals.  Persönliches Alltagswissen. Google-Diashow von Einzelpersonen.

Practices: Everyday living for a person in the United States and a person living in a German speaking country.  Alltagsleben für eine Person in den Vereinigten Staaten und eine Person, die in einem deutschsprachigen Land lebt.

Perspectives: Value attached in the cultural differences of daily living in a German speaking land.  Wertschätzung der kulturellen Unterschiede des täglichen Lebens im deutschsprachigen Raum.

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 3.1  Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through German.
  • 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: CLTR 2.1  Analyze the significance of a product in a target culture.
  • Objective: COMP 2.1  Identify, describe and compare/contrast products and their use in the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and answer questions about my everyday life.
  • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
  • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
  • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

  • What is ‘everyday’ for you?
         Was ist für euch “alltäglich”? 

Do you often walk or drive during the day?

  •      Seid ihr während des Tages öfters zu Fuß oder mit dem Auto unterwegs?

Do you think people in the U.S. drive less or more than Germans?

  •      Denkt ihr, die Leute in den USA fahren weniger oder mehr mit dem Auto unterwegs, als die Deutschen?

Main Activity

Have students choose a celebrity to be. The slide offers a few choices, but they are welcome to choose whoever they would like to be.
     Lassen Sie die Schüler eine Berühmtheit auswählen.  Die Folie bietet ein paar Auswahlmöglichkeiten, aber sie können gerne wählen, wer sie sein möchten.

Have students answer the next questions, as the celebrity that they are.  Have students give the other “celebrities” advice on where they should go/what they should do in Boise.
     Lassen Sie die Schüler die nächsten Fragen beantworten, als die Berühmtheit, die sie sind. Lassen Sie die Schüler den anderen          “Prominenten” Ratschläge geben, wohin sie gehen sollten/was sie in Bosie tun sollten.

Which professions bring about a difficult everyday life?

  •      Welche Berufe bringen einen schwierigen Alltag mit sich? 

What does everyday life look like?  How do you plan your day?

  •      Wie sieht Alltag aus? Wie plant ihr euren Tag? 

Is cleanliness and order in everyday life important to you?

  •      Ist euch Sauberkeit und Ordnung im Alltag wichtig?

How much time do you spend in front of a screen / smartphone in your everyday life?

  •      Wie viel Zeit verbringt ihr in eurem Alltag vor einen Bildschirm/ am Smartphone?

Are you mostly stressed or in a hurry?  Or do you also take breaks during the day?

  •      Seid ihr meistens gestresst oder in Eile? Oder macht ihr während des Tages auch Pausen?

What are good luck charms in the U.S? (find a dime on the street?  black cat?  etc?)

  •      Was sind Glücksbringer in den USA? (ein Cent auf der Straße finden? Schwarze Katze? usw.?)

What brings bad luck / luck in everyday life?

  •      Was bringt im Alltag Pech/Glück?

Do you prefer to sleep late or do you get up early?

  •      Schlaft ihr lieber lange oder steht ihr früh auf?

Do you like routine?  Do you care about routine?

  •      Mögt ihr Routine? Ist euch Routine wichtig? 

What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you in your everyday life?

  •      Was ist das bizarrste, das euch in eurem Alltag passiert ist? 

What are your eating habits like?

  •      Wie sind eure Essgewohnheiten?

Wrap-Up

Ask the students what their favorite day looks like.

  • Fragen Sie die Schüler, wie ihr Lieblingstag aussieht.

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 about my everyday life.
  • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation choices.
  • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
  • I can also use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.

Cultural Notes:  The first video is from Easy German.  They discuss and show typical German Gestures & Expressions.  The second video is in English about 15 German Superstitions.

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