"My philological studies have satisfied me that a gifted person ought to learn English
(barring spelling and pronouncing) in thirty hours, French in thirty days, and German
in thirty years. It seems manifest, then, that the latter tongue ought to be
trimmed down and repaired."
Mark Twain (American humorist ~ 1835 - 1910)
Twelve ready-to-use lesson plans for the sub who does * n-o-t * know German.
Feeling overwhelmed sometimes ?
Too many preps ?
Stacks of papers to grade ?
Yet another meeting to go to ?
This resource will save you precious time because everything is ready-to-use.
These substitute lesson plans provide an informative lesson for your class through exposure to the various aspects of the language, culture, history and geography of the German-speaking countries. Please note that some plans require using reference books in the school library or online resources.
The plans are suitable for any level. I always had so many
preps that, to simplify things for the sub and to simply save time, I had
all my classes do the same plan in my absence.
It worked remarkably well.
Some plans also have Minitests for meaningful follow-up.
10 Sub Plans
1. In the Know
2. Can We Talk - German ?
3. Tops In Tennis
4. Zum Verwechseln Ähnlich ...
5. Wer weiß
6. Hier spricht man auch Deutsch !
7. The Pennsylvania Dutch (The Amish)
8. Falsche Freunde
9. Wie ist das Wetter?
10. Wunderbare Wörter
For more complete descriptions of the above, please see my SINGLE * SUB Plans below.
PLUS ~ two bonus lessons
11. 40 Fascinating Facts
12. European Cities From A to Z
Answer keys where necessary.
Twelve plans in all to keep your students connected to German and the German-speaking world.
Is your administration frowning on the use of movies with a substitute ?
Then these plans are for you as they involve no movies (please see my Movie*Pacs).
These substitute lesson plans (or emergency lesson plans) are classroom-ready to make your job easier. (75 pages)
* SPECIAL NOTE *
The plans are also available individually.
Please see the links below for Single Sub Plans.
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* SINGLE SUB PLANS NOW AVAILABLE *
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* Single Sub * Plan 1 For German ~ In The Know
* Single Sub * Plan 2 For German ~ Can we talk - German ?
* Single Sub * Plan 3 For German ~ Tops In Tennis
* Single Sub * Plan 4 For German ~ Zum Verwechseln ähnlich
* Single Sub * Plan 5 For German ~ Wer weiß ?
* Single Sub * Plan 6 For German ~ Hier spricht man auch Deutsch !
* Single Sub * Plan 7 For German ~ The Pennsylvania Dutch (The Amish)
* Single Sub * Plan 8 For German ~ Falsche Freunde
* Single Sub * Plan 9 For German ~ Wie ist das Wetter ?
* Single Sub * Plan 10 For German ~ Wunderbare Wörter
* Single Sub * Plan 11 For German ~ Französische Wörter
.. Oh là là ! ..
.. Interesting French words used in German. ..
* Single Sub * Plan 13 For German ~ Austria
* Single Sub Plan ~ Cäsar Ritz ~ Founder of the Ritz Hotels .. Viewable online ~ link is provided ~ Distance Learning ..
Prefer a savings ?
* Switzerland ~ Swiss * Pac 1 .. A nice glimpse into another German-speaking country ..
* Switzerland ~ Swiss * Pac 2 .. More glimpses of this multilingual country ..
* Swiss Cities Bundle .. These travel videos are viewable online, links are provided ~ wonderful views of a scenic mountain country where people also speak German ..
Or want to create your own ?
* Wish * List Bundle .. Pay just $17 for $30 worth of resources ~ you choose what you want from your Wish List ..
Special Back-to-School Activities & Review Resources
* Back-To-School Review * Pac For German .. 10 activities for 10 days to ease your students back into German ..
* The Use of du * ihr * Sie in German .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Tissue * Box Project For German Class .. A great back-to-school review project. ..
* The Color * Game For German Class .. Vorsicht. This can get pretty exciting ! ..
* Telling Time * Pac For German Class .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
.. Great back-to-school activity for level 2. This makes a nice bulletin board or hall display of student work for Open House night. ..
* The Two * Way Preposition Pac For German .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Wortwolke ~ Word Cloud Activity * Pac For German .. Be prepared for Excitement with a capital E ! ..
* Practice * Pac ~ wissen und kennen .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Using An Online German-English Dictionary .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Mein Ringbuch ~ Setting Up A German Notebook .. It's free ..
* Open House ~ Sign-In Sheet for German Class .. It's free ..
* Info*Blatt ~ Student Information Sheet .. It's free ..
* German Names On Hands Display .. Impressive for 'Open House' or 'Back-to-School Night' ..
* German Cognates .. Easy & engaging activities exposing students to
over 95 cognates ~ nice for beginning students & Distance Learning ..
Customs & Life in Germany
.. Nice initial introduction to a cultural difference for the start of school. ..
* German Baby * Names .. It's free ~ Most students like the cachet of having a special German name for German class ~ here are some easy-to-use, A to Z lists for them to choose from ..
* Wedding * Customs In Germany .. Fun to talk about right before Valentinstag. ..
* The Autobahn And Driving In Germany .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Let's Talk Business: In German .. Perfect, too, for after the AP Exam ~ Distance Learning. ..
* German-American Day * Famous People .. For October 6th ~ German-American Day. ..
* German-American Day Activities * Pac .. For October 6th ~ Easy activities to make this day special. ..
* Famous German-Americans Crossword Puzzles .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Oktoberfest Activities .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Mamie Eisenhower * Think Pink .. It's free. ..
Mamie was our last First Lady to be born in the 1800s.
Learn more about the seldom-talked-about wife of one of our most famous German-Americans, President Dwight David Eisenhower. ..
* German Halloween Activity * Pac .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* November 1st * Tombstone Project For German .. Nice for Allerheiligen ~ German Burial Customs. ..
.. Among them Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Otto Frank (Anne's father), Captain von Trapp, The Red Baron ..
* Nikolaustag * Pac For German .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Germany .. Viewable online ~ link is provided ~ Distance Learning ..
* Weihnachten Puzzle * Pac .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Vienna .. Most of Burt's 25-minute travel documentaries are viewable online ~ links
are provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ~ Distance Learning ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Vienna .. Film-Fragen only ~ viewable online ~ link is provided ..
* Murmeltiertag Activity * Pac .. Discover Germany's connection to Groundhog Day ~ Distance Learning ..
* Liebeszettelchen von Amor ♥ Valentinstag .. Good practice for AP German students correcting Cupid's mistakes ~ Distance Learning ..
* Ein Liebesbrief ♥ A Love Letter From Beethoven .. The love letter to his mysterious 'Immortal Beloved' ~ Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Einstein * Trivia Game ~ Year 1 .. For 3.14 - Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday. ..
* Einstein * Trivia Game ~ Year 2 .. For 3.14 - Pi Day and Einstein's Birthday.
This was such a hit in German 1, my students made me make a German 2 version. ..
* St. Patrick's Day For German Class .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Mother's Day Project * Pac For German .. Nice for Muttertag im Mai. ..
Assessments & Projects & Activities
* Final * Exam For German 1 .. Both written and oral parts ..
* Final * Exam For German 2 .. Both written and oral parts ..
* Final * Exam For German 3 .. With written, oral, and culture parts ..
* Lotto * Pac For German .. Review more than just numbers with Bingo - a fun way to reinforce vocabulary, too. ..
* Rorschach * Inkblot Activity For German Class .. Looking for an interdisciplinary lesson ? Let your students try an easy inkblot test ! ..
.. Perfect for after the AP German Exam or for upper level students. ..
* Battleship * Pac For German .. Good oral practice of verb tenses. ..
* ABC-Büchlein For German .. Need a recruiting tool ? Try this. ..
* Monster * Project For German Class .. Easy review of body parts ..
.. Easy for German 1 and makes a nice bulletin board or hall display of student work. ..
* Fun End-Of-Year Awards For German Class .. Nice way to end the year. ..
* Grammar * Pac For German Class ~ Set 1 .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Grammar * Pac For German Class ~ Set 2 .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Grammar * Pac For German Class ~ Set 3 .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Household * Chores Activities For German .. Try Kehrwoche in class … it's fun ! ..
* Word Wise Vocab * Pac For German .. Nice for expanding the vocabulary of your AP German students. ..
* Dative * Case Activities For German .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Arme Anna Activities * Pac .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* Berlin ~ Post-War Timeline .. You can't help but mention this iconic symbol
of The Cold War when you're teaching German. Here's a brief overview ..
* Switzerland * 26 Fun Facts .. A fun introduction to another German-speaking country ..
* Switzerland * Webquest .. Makes a good sub plan, too, & Distance Learning ..
* German Adjective Endings Easy * Peasy .. Useful for Distance Learning ..
* German Verbs * The -ieren Verbs .. Also useful for AP German students & Distance Learning ..
* Recruiting Flyer For German .. It's free ..
* Scherenschnitte .. Nice project using adjectives ..
* The Food * Pac For German Class .. With a food pyramid project ..
* Die Familie ~ German Family Unit Activities .. With a celebrity family tree; useful for Distance Learning ..
* Beethoven 250 .. Celebrating the 250th anniversary of Beethoven's birth in 2020 ..
* German Choice Board .. German Distance Learning ..
Great Films & Documentaries
* Feature * Film ~ Nordwand (North Face) .. Could these German mountain climbers prove German superiority in the 1930s by being the first to climb The North Face ? You'll be on the edge of your seat till the very end ! ..
.. The 1936 Berlin Olympics. Nicely done bio-pic for Black History Month. ..
.. An interesting documentary. Perfect link between German and Black History Month. ..
* Feature * Film ~ Bella Martha Mostly Martha .. Sweet film. Fits in nicely with a food unit. ..
.. The only successful public resistance attempt under The Third Reich. ..
* Feature * Film ~ Marx & Coca Cola .. A delightful film about post-Reunification hurdles. ..
* Feature * Film ~ Swing Kids .. Even dancing was dangerous under The Third Reich ..
* Feature * Film ~ The Young Victoria .. Did you know that Queen Victoria's first language was German ? Or that she married a German ? ..
* Feature * Film ~ Vitus .. A child prodigy not just on the piano ... but what do
you do when your child is smarter than you are ? ..
* Feature * Film ~ Das schreckliche Mädchen ~ The Nasty Girl .. A high school girl gets a little too curious about her town's past ..
* Feature * Film ~ Night Crossing .. A daring escape from East Germany ..
* Feature * Film ~ The Berlin Wall ~ Modern Marvels .. That iconic symbol of The Cold War - grim-faced
Berliners woke up to it in 1961 - ecstatic Berliners watched it fall in 1989 ..
* Feature * Film ~ Heidi .. An older film, yes, but one that hasn't lost its charm and still
appeals to today's teenagers. A classic that's perfect for a Switzerland unit & viewable online, link is provided. ..
.. Wondering about the Royal Family's German connection ?
.. It's explained in the accompanying overhead. ..
* Burt Wolf ~ Zurich, Switzerland .. Most of Burt's 25-minute travel documentaries are viewable online ~ links are provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ..
* Feature * Film ~ Joe and Max ~ Louis vs. Schmeling .. The world was on the brink
of war when Joe Louis met Max Schmeling in the boxing ring in 1938.
But would that affect their match ? ..
* Burt Wolf ~ Northwestern Switzerland .. Most of Burt's 25-minute travel documentaries are viewable online ~ links are provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ..
* Rick Steves ~ Frankfurt and Nürnberg .. Viewable online, link is provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ..
* Rick Steves ~ Vienna and the Danube .. Viewable online, link is provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ..
Other Ready-to-Use Resources
* Flashback * Pac ~ Grammar Review .. A review of grammar basics ~ Distance Learning ..
* The Traveler's * Ten Commandments For FL Students .. It's free. ..
* Alphabet Games * Pac .. For French, German, Italian & Spanish ..
* Valentine's Day ♥ Trivia Game .. Perfect fun activity in February for your German Club. ..
* Eponym Activity .. Works well as a sub plan, too, or for Distance Learning. ..
* Letter of Appreciation to Parents .. It's free. ..
* Permission To Watch Movie Form .. It's free. ..
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