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Halloween Story Teacher Notes
Hi there! I’ve used and developed these materials over the past 10 or so years and every year my students can’t wait to do these activities. It’s amazing how engaged they are and how much they pick up over a couple days.
These activities can be used for about 90-120 minutes of instruction, depending on your pace and which activities you use. I teach on 45 minute periods and usually take about 2.5 days.
My basic lesson plan goes something like this:
Intro vocab with slides
Practice vocab (bingo, Quizlet)
Read the story
Play Ratz Fatz
Review vocab (verb chart, crossword)
I teach levels 1-4 and have created the activities so the students essentially have the same story each year, but with a different focus:
Exploratory- We use this when we advocate at the middle school English story with German nouns (in preview)
Level 1- Present tense story with focus on NOUNS
Level 2- Present tense story with focus on VERBS
Level 3- Conversational past tense story with focus on PERFEKT VERBS
Level 4- Narrative past tense story with focus on IMPERFEKT VERBS
While this bundle includes a bunch of activities, the main activity is a competitive game called “Ratz Fatz” Here’s how you play: :
Teach a number of vocabulary words at the beginning of the lesson using visuals (projector, overhead transparency, etc.) You can give the students a word list if you want.
You then copy the clip art (without words) and cut out several decks.
Students get into groups of 2-4 and lay cards out face up
You read the story and as you read and say the words, the students must "slap" the picture.
If they slap it first, they get to move the card into their desk space.
However, if the word is repeated, they must slap it again first or someone else can steal it.
The person with the most cards in front of them at the end of the story wins.
* To play multiple rounds, you can have winner play winners, etc, and read the story several times.
Follow it up with some basic comprehension questions
ALWAYS send home a copy of the story so they can show off how much German they learned