"A plain white handkerchief is the sure sign of a confident and elegant dresser."
Alan Flusser (American designer of men's clothing ~ 1945)
Plain white handkerchiefs may not be what our students are carrying around school every day, but they are well acquainted with its substitute - that disposable paper tissue which - almost - replaced it.
A good project for a back-to-school vocabulary review which allows your students to show off their creativity is the tissue box project, perfect for German 2 or higher at the start of school.
I start with a short overhead explaining the history of handkerchiefs, which evolved into the disposable paper tissue we frequently use today.
Did you know that you could once be put in jail if
your hanky was larger than the king's ?!!
Just as 'Do you have a kleenex?' has taken a brand name and used it generically, the same thing happened in Germany: Hast du ein Tempo für mich?
1. A 7-page introductory overhead with a brief history of hankies and the advent of the disposable paper tissue
2. Project instruction sheet 1 with a rubric
3. Project instruction sheet 2 with a rubric
4. Project instruction sheet 3 with a rubric
* Each instruction sheet offers different criteria to decorate the box, depending on what you want your students to focus on and which can be changed to reflect your own criteria, if you wish. *
5. Photos of some wonderful student samples.
This is an easy-to-implement, out-of-classroom project which I usually assign the first week of school. I allow at least two weekends so students have time to do a nice job and, upon turning them in, I have a supply of tissues in beautifully decorated boxes for the whole year.
All items are ready-to-use to make your job easier. (11 pages)
* EXPANSION ACTIVITY 1 *
Why not talk about good manners in Germany, too ? Many are explained in
* EXPANSION ACTIVITY 2 *
Want to know more about Einstecktücher mit passendem Schlips ?
* EXPANSION ACTIVITY 3 *
If you get the sniffles in Germany, you'll be needing ein Tempo for sure.
Some very charming videos have been done by an American teenager during his stay in Germany. Sam Walton has a delightful and refreshing way of looking at 'Life In Germany' - the name of his series.
Here's his video on 'Apotheken'.
Laufende Nase ?
Dann gleich zur Apotheke ! Hier eine in Stuttgart ~
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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 ..
* 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 ! ..
.. Great back-to-school activity for level 2. This makes a nice bulletin board or hall display of student work for Open House night. ..
* Wordle Activity * Pac For German .. Be prepared for Excitement with a capital E ! ..
* 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' ..
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. ..
* Let's Talk Business: In German .. Perfect, too, for after the AP Exam. ..
* 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. ..
* 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. ..
* November 1st * Tombstone Project For German .. Nice for Allerheiligen. ..
.. Among them Franz Marc, Otto Dix, Otto Frank (Anne's father), Captain von Trapp, The Red Baron ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Germany .. Viewable online ~ link is provided ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Vienna .. Most of Burt's 25-minute travel documentaries are viewable online ~ links
are provided ~ an easy & informative lesson ..
* Burt Wolf * Christmas In Vienna .. Film-Fragen only ~ viewable online ~ link is provided ..
* Murmeltiertag Activity * Pac .. Discover Germany's connection to Groundhog Day ..
* Liebeszettelchen von Amor ♥ Valentinstag .. Good practice for AP German students correcting Cupid's mistakes ..
* Ein Liebesbrief ♥ A Love Letter From Beethoven .. The love letter to his mysterious 'Immortal Beloved' ..
* 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. ..
* 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. ..
* Word Wise Vocab * Pac For German .. Perfect for expanding the vocabulary of your AP German students. ..
* 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 ..
* German Verbs * The -ieren Verbs .. Also useful for AP German students ..
* Recruiting Flyer For German .. It's free ..
* Scherenschnitte .. Nice project using adjectives ..
* The Food * Pac For German Class .. With a food pyramid project ..
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 ~ Night Crossing .. A daring escape from East Germany ..
.. Wondering about the Royal Family's German connection ?
.. It's explained in the accompanying overhead. ..
* 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 ..
* Feature * Film ~ Beethoven ~ The Sound and The Fury .. Viewable online, link is provided ..
Other Ready-to-Use Resources
* The Traveler's * Ten Commandments For FL Students .. It's free. ..
.. Perfect fun activity in February for your German Club. ..
* Eponym Activity For French, German, Italian, Spanish .. Works well as a sub plan, too. ..
* Letter of Appreciation to Parents .. It's free. ..
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