Greetings / Introductions / Family / Farewells
to introduce oneself and gather information about students & their families.
A. Greetings (approx. 5 min)
- Draw a rising sun, a noon sun, a setting sun, and a moon on the board. Write the four greetings: Guten Morgen, Guten Tag, Guten Abend, Gute Nacht.
- Briefly act out the different times of the day & greet the class – e.g. pretend you just got out of bed and say: Guten Morgen. Have the students repeat the greetings.
B. Names (approx. 10 min)
- Write Ich bin ___________. on the board. Then introduce yourself by saying: Guten Tag! Ich bin (your name).
- Write Wer bist du? on the board. Then ask a student: Wer bist du? [You might want to repeat Ich bin … (pointing at yourself) and then Wer bist du? (pointing at the student). Model the response a couple of times.] After the student responds, you should always follow up with something like Gut, und ich bin … Make sure you also model shaking hands as you greet the students.
- Have the students greet the students around them. While they are doing this, write on the board: Amerikanische Namen / Deutsche Namen. Then ask a couple of students Wer bist du? and write their names on the board under the right heading.
- Say: Das sind deutsche Namen. Tell students to open their Deutschbuch on page 1, read some of them and have students repeat after you. Have students chose a name they will use for the rest of the unit, hand them a nametag and ask them to write the name on it.
C. Introductions (approx. 5 min)
- Introduce yourself again, asking various students: Guten Tag! Ich bin (your name). Wer bist du? After the students respond, ask them Bist du ____? [Note that students can respond either affirmatively or negatively. You will need to help them come up with ja & nein a few times.] Repeat after the student: Er / Sie ist (student’s name).
- After asking several students, address the whole class saying: Wer ist (student’s name). If students just point without saying anything, you will have to model the answer for them: Ah, er / sie ist (student’s name).
D. Families (approx. 10 min)
- Display the picture of the frog family on the overhead. Explain: Dieser Frosch (hier unten) bin ich. Das ist mein Vater. Das ist meine Mutter. Das ist meine Schwester. Das ist mein Bruder. Write mein Vater, mein Bruder, meine Mutter, meine Schwester on the board.
- Tell students to open the Deutschbuch on page 2 (frog family). Tell them that they are the big frog on the bottom of the page and have them name their family members by using names from the German name list. Then point at the father on the overhead and say: Das ist mein Vater. Mein Vater heißt ______. Ask students: Wie heißt dein Vater? Write these sentences on the board: Wer ist dein Vater? / Wer ist das? Ask several students. Then continue with Mutter / Bruder / Schwester. [Note: Emphasize the correct endings of the personal pronouns, but do not correct the students too much when they get them wrong.] Respond saying something like: Oh, guten Tag, (name)!
- Have students introduce their (fictional) spider families to each other.
E. Numbers (approx. 10 min)
- Introduce the numbers 1-10: eins, zwei – Polizei / drei, vier – kaltes Bier / fünf, sechs – alte Hex’ / sieben, acht – gute Nacht / neun zehn – auf Wiedersehn. Continue practicing by counting non-stop from 1-10 and then backwards.
- Introduce the numbers 11-20 in a similar fashion. You can also practice counting by twos and threes or by counting only odd numbers.
- Introduce the number 10 / 20 / … / 100 and practice them.
- Have students fill out the blanks on page 3 of the Deutschbuch. Have students connect the dots on page 4 of the Deutschbuch. Tell them to connect the dots in the order pointed out at the top of the page.
F. Farewells (approx. 5 min)
- Review the greetings from earlier. Write various ways to say good-bye on the board: Auf Wiedersehen, Tschüss, Servus, Ade, Tschau. Make sure you model shaking hands as you address individual students. Have the students say good-bye to each other.
- Sing the Auf Wiederseh’n song on page 1 of the Deutschbuch.