Saturday, January 28, 2017

Wetterberichte in German 2

My German 2 classes presented weather reports for cities in German-speaking countries this week.  It was the first time I've done this assignment, and it went really well!

First, students showed us where their city is on a map:

Then, they told us about the weather forecast for the next four days.  In my example, I modeled speaking freely without writing out everything I would say:

Many of my students were able to do that as well:

Others felt more comfortable with more of their presentation written out:

I gave them a fair amount of freedom on that.  If they had things written out, it needed to be done correctly.  If they spoke freely, I was more lenient on grammar mistakes.  

I designed a recording page for students to complete as they listened to their peers' presentations.  I've found that having some kind of activity like this really encourages students to listen more closely to each other.  

Sunday, January 22, 2017

Back in the Routine

We're two weeks into the second semester and starting to get back into the routine.

German 1 is working on the topics of families, pets, and possesive adjectives.

Next week they'll be creating a presentation for rest of the class about their families.

German 2 is talking about the weather, seasons, and the states in northern Germany.  We've been listening to  and watching German weather reports (and getting familiar with temperatures in Celsius!)  

This week, students will be researching the weather in a city in a German-speaking country and presenting their own weather report.

Click here for the file: D2 Wetterbericht Assignment

German 4 has been discussing food and holidays.  

Each student researched a holiday celebrated in a German-speaking country and presented to the class about it.