🧳German Level 3, Activity 02: Reisen / Travel (Online)

Pencil drawing of Vienna
Description: Students will practice planning a trip to a city in a German speaking country. They will need to follow a budget when planning their activities.
Semantic Topics: Travel, Reisen Transportation, Transport, Public Transportation, Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, Sightseeing, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Cities, Städte, Past, Present, Future, Vergangenheit, Gegenwart,  Zukunft.

Products: Google, Google Slides.

Practices: Students create an itinerary for visiting Zurich, Berlin, or Vienna.  Die Studierenden erstellen einen Reiseplan für einen Besuch in Zürich, Berlin oder Wien.

Perspectives: Appreciation for traveling to a German-speaking city. Develop an appreciation for the world capitals in Switzerland, Germany or Austria.  Wertschätzung für Reisen in eine deutschsprachige Stadt. Entwickeln Sie eine Wertschätzung der Welthauptstädte in der Schweiz, Deutschland oder Österreich.

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 spoken and written language on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through language.

Idaho State Content Standards:

  • 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.
  • Objective: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can share my own travel experiences with my peers in German.
  • I can interact to share ideas about what I would prefer to do while traveling and why.
  • I can understand written information in German and use it to create an itinerary.


Ask the students  travel questions using different tenses (where would you go, how would you travel there, where did you go (this summer), where will you go (this weekend)

  • Stellen Sie den Schülern Reisefragen in verschiedenen Zeitformen (wohin würden Sie reisen, wie würden Sie dorthin reisen, wohin sind sie (diesen Sommer) gegangen, wohin reisen Sie (dieses Wochenende)

Main Activity

Prior to the main activity create a shared Google slide show for the students and share the link in Zoom Chat.


Randomly assign students into 3 break-out room groups with the following cities: Berlin, Wien, und Zurich. Give each group a budget for activities around their given city.

  • Weisen Sie die Studierende nach der Hauptaktivität Breakout-Raumgruppen mit den folgenden Städten zu: Berlin, Wien und Zürich. Geben Sie jeder Gruppe ein Budget für Aktivitäten in der jeweiligen Stadt.


1. Put students into break-out rooms and share the corresponding city Google presentation.

  • Setzen Sie die Schüler in Break-Out-Rooms ein, und teilen Sie die Google-Präsentation der entsprechenden Stadt.


2. Each group will have a budget for traveling around a city.

  • Jeder Gruppe hat ein Budget für Reisen durch eine Stadt.


3. Each group is assigned a different city.

  • Jeder Gruppe wird eine andere Stadt zugewiesen.


4. Each group will need to budget out the activities to do in the city.

  • Jeder Gruppe muss die Aktivitäten in der Stadt budgetieren.


5. Have the groups write an itinerary on a shared google slide show (every group will get 1-2 slides).

  • Lassen Sie die Gruppen eine Reiseplan auf einem gemeinsamen Google PowerPoint schreiben (jede Gruppe erhält 1-2 Folien).


6. Each group will share their plans at the end.

  • Am Ende teilt jede Gruppe ihre Pläne mit.


Ask the the students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

  • Wohin in Europa sind Sie gereist? (Where have you traveled to in Europe?)
  •  Im deutschsprachigen Raum? (In German-speaking countries?)
  • Was sind einige Höhepunkte/Missgeschicke beim Reisen? (What are some highlights/misadventures from traveling?)


Extra Activity:

Zusätzliche Aktivität:

If there is time left over, ask about what their dream vacation would be. Discuss and comment on it!

Wenn noch Zeit übrig ist, fragen Sie, was ihr Traumurlaub wäre. Diskutieren und kommentieren Sie es!

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 share my own travel experiences with my peers in German.
  • I can interact to share ideas about what I would prefer to do while traveling and why.
  • I can understand written information in German and use it to create an itinerary.

Cultural Resources

Here is a video following the Easy German presenters as they Fly to Vienna.

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