German Level 3, Activity #05: Alltagsleben / Everyday Life (Online)

Photos of various political and entertainment individuals.
Boise State WLRC
Description:  Students discuss their everyday lives in German.  Students create an everyday life for a celebrity and discuss their lives with the group.

Semantic Topics:  Everyday Life, Alltäglich, Living, Leben, Comparisons,  Vergleiche.

Products:  Daily routines in German speaking cultures – food, cars, walking, stress, sleep, Alltagsroutinen in deutschsprachigen Kulturen – Essen, Autos, Gehen, Stress, Schlafen.

Practices:  Meal times, daily routines, commuting/traveling, stress relievers, sleeping habits.  Essenszeiten, Tagesablauf, Pendeln/Reisen, Stressabbau, Schlafgewohnheiten

Perspectives:  Cultural norms in daily life in a German speaking land. Kulturelle Normen im Alltag eines deutschsprachigen Landes.

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
  • Objective: COMM 3.1  Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

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

Materials Needed:

Warm-Up

  • Discuss the Can-Do Statements
  • Ask the students the following questions:
  • Stellen Sie den Schülern folgende Fragen:

1. What is “everyday” for you?

Was ist für euch “alltaglich”?

2. What does everyday life look like? How do you plan your day? Do you often walk or drive during the day?

Wie sieht Alltag aus?  Wie plant ihr euren Tag?  Seid ihr während des Tages öfters zu Fuß oder mit dem Auto unterwegs?

3. Do you think Americans drive less or more than Germans?

Denkt ihr Amerikaner sind weniger oder mehr mit dem Auto unterwegs, als Deutsche?

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 if they are that celebrity.

Lassen Sie die Schüler die nächsten Fragen beantworten, als ob sie diese Berühmtheit wären..

3. Have students give the other “celebrities” advice on where they should go/what they should do in Boise.

Lassen Sie die Schüler den anderen “Prominenten” Ratschläge geben, wohin sie gehen sollten / was sie in Boise tun sollten

 

  • What is “everyday” for you?
    • Was ist für euch “alltäglich”? 
  • Jobs make everyday life difficult. Which ones?
    • 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?
  • 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 Americans drive less or more than Germans?
    • Denkt ihr Amerikaner sind weniger oder mehr mit dem Auto unterwegs, als Deutsche?
  • 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 the most 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 your eating habits like?
    • Wie sind eure Essgewohnheiten? 
  • What are lucky charms in America? (find a dime on the street? black cat? etc?)
    • Was sind Glücksbringer in Amerika? (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? 

Wrap-Up

  • Ask the students:
  • Fragen Sie die Schüler:

1. Would you like to live the life of your celebrity?

Möchten Sie das Leben Ihrer Berühmtheit leben?

2.What is your favorite thing to do in Boise?

Möchten Sie das Leben Ihrer Berühmtheit leben?

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 an answer questions about my everyday life.
  • In my own culture and German speaking culture, I can compare and contrast the every-day transportation.
  • Using what I know about popular figures, I can ask and answer questions about their everyday lives.
  • I can use this information to provide recommendations about what they could do.
Cultural Notes:  Here is a fun video full of German Hotel Vocabulary.

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