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’s everyday life.

Semantic Topics: Alltag, Everyday Life, Celebrity, Berühmtheit, 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 to the cultural differences of daily living in a German speaking country.  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 State Content Standards:

  • 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 everyday 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

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

 

Seid ihr während des Tages öfters zu Fuß oder mit dem Auto unterwegs? (Do you often walk or drive during the day?)

 

Denkt ihr dass die Leute in den USA weniger oder mehr mit dem Auto unterwegs sind, als die Deutschen? (Do you think people in the U.S. drive less or more than Germans?)

Main Activity

1. 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.

 

2. 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.

 

3. Discussion Questions:

Diskussionsfragen

  • Welche Berufe bringen einen schwierigen Alltag mit sich? (Which professions bring about a difficult everyday life?)

 

  • Wie sieht Alltag aus? Wie plant ihr euren Tag? (What does everyday life look like?  How do you plan your day?)

 

  • Ist euch Sauberkeit und Ordnung im Alltag wichtig? (Is cleanliness and order in everyday life important to you?)

 

  • Wie viel Zeit verbringt ihr in eurem Alltag vor einen Bildschirm/ am Smartphone? (How much time do you spend in front of a screen / smartphone in your everyday life?)

 

  • Seid ihr meistens gestresst oder in Eile? Oder macht ihr während des Tages auch Pausen? (Are you mostly stressed or in a hurry?  Or do you also take breaks during the day?)

 

  • Was sind Glücksbringer in den USA? (ein Cent auf der Straße finden? Schwarze Katze? usw.?) (What are good luck charms in the U.S? (find a penny on the street?  black cat?  etc?))

 

  • Was bringt im Alltag Pech/Glück? (What brings bad luck / luck in everyday life?)

 

  • Schlaft ihr lieber lange oder steht ihr früh auf? (Do you prefer to sleep late or do you get up early?)

 

  • Mögt ihr Routine? Ist euch Routine wichtig? (Do you like routine?  Do you care about routine?)

 

  • Was ist das bizarrste, das euch in eurem Alltag passiert ist?  (What is the most bizarre thing that has happened to you in your everyday life?)

 

  • Esst ihr jeden Tag das gleiche Essen, wenn ja was ist es? (What are your eating habits like?)

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 Resources

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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