Germany – See : Think : Wonder

Year 4 has been solving a jigsaw puzzle of the states of Germany, it’s trickier than it looks, and it has loads of illustrations which tell us interesting things about Germany.

Here are our thoughts from our See : Think : Wonder response to the map.

SEE (some of the things we’ve seen in the illustrations)

  • fish, animals
  • giant scissors
  • the Rhine / Rhein
  • Nürnberg
  • an Eiffel Tower
  • country called Germany
  • places in Germany
  • weird man in Freiburg
  • picture of beer
  • some names of states
  • Cathedral
  • food
  • animals / farms
  • people
  • castles
  • boat
  • buildings
  • instruments (musical)
  • stalls / markets
  • snowflakes
  • axes
  • names of places
  • statues
  • Porsche Factory
  • Berlin Church / Cathedral
  • Wheat
  • Cranes
  • Sausages
  • Lots of soccer teams
  • Knights & Horses
  • German words
  • Mountains
  • Rivers

 

THINK (why we think they are there)

  • To show what the things are
  • To show people what it looks like
  • it looks like little continents
  • the places are very old
  • I think there is a church in München
  • They are the important things

 

WONDER (what we wonder / want to know)

  • I wonder what the map would look like in colour
  • are they states
  • are they countries or states?
  • Who are the people
  • How old is it?

 

We will use our ideas to construct some investigation questions about Germany in our mini Research unit.

 

Es ist Herbst!

es ist herbst!.pngThe seasons have changed, and we have been discussing the names of them:

Sommer

Herbst

Winter

Frühling

We’ve also discussed how the seasons in Australia and Germany are opposite.

Have you seen the Autumn tree that Year 2 decorated in the library?

Building Sentences

This week in Year 4 and Year 6, students have been exploring how to ‘build’ sentences in German.

We used a Lego board to create a model of a sentence.

We discussed the essential components of a sentence:

building sentences base board

Subject + Verb

See if your student can explain what the Subject and Verb are

Subject:  Who or What is doing the action

Verb:  The action they are doing.  We discussed tricky irregular verbs “to be” and “to have” that don’t necessarily look like verbs (eg. I am big), and that don’t follow the normal rules – these verbs are also irregular in German:

In addition, a sentence often has a Predicate (this may be a new word to you!).

The predicate covers all the other parts of the sentence.

We talked about how you can manipulate a sentence by replacing the subject or the verb.*

We concentrated on these sentences:

Year 6:

Ich bin…

Ich habe….

Year 4:

Meine Raupe ist …

Mein Schmetterling hat….

We sorted our word-bricks into the right colours, and then had fun making up and changing sentences  by swapping out the Subject, the Verb or the Predicate.

The students responded really well, and seemed to have a much clearer grasp of how to create a sentence of their own, rather than just copying a phrase they have been taught.

I’m really grateful to the amazing teacher I heard at a recent Languages Teacher meeting. You can check out more of her good ideas here.

*We didn’t talk yet about Subject + Verb agreement – for those of you who have ever studied languages! This means the way that the end of the verb changes according to who the subject is. I wanted to keep the focus on the overall sentence construction this time.

Die Wochentage

 

This week Klasse Vier have been revising the days of the week.

Sonntag

Montag

Dienstag

Mittwoch

Donnerstag

Freitag

Samstag

Can you work out the translations for these German words?

Here’s a fun song to help you learn them!

 

 

Es ist Herbst

Year 2 are learning about the seasons of the year.

We learned that last week Herbst started (Autumn), and that the seasons are the opposite in Germany.

Klasse 2 are creating our Herbstblätter for decorating my tree in the Library.

We started learning some colour words to describe the leaves:  rot, orange, gelb, braun.

Here are some songs we enjoyed:

 

and this is a lovely song about the autumn wind.

 

Magst du Herbst?  Warum?

 

Do you like autumn?  Why?

 

Funkel Funkel Kleiner Stern

This is the name of a song you know quite well:  Twinkle Twinkle Little Star.

We are learning this in German in Kindergarten.

We heard a German story called “Sterntaler” – it is a fairy tale about a girl who gives away everything she has, but then stars fall from the sky to give her new clothes and coins.

Here is a shadow puppet show of the story (in German).  We listened to an English explanation in class.

 

Here is a link to a lovely sing-along video of the song.

Viel Spaß!

German States 1815

This week we are exploring what “Germany” was like before it became Germany.

You will be given some maps, and you’ll need to draw some different things on them, to help you understand how Germany and other nations, have changed over time.

The challenges, and the links are listed below!

 

Challenge:  What was there before Germany?

German States, 1815.  The link is here.

Draw the shape of these states on your current map of Germany.

Prussia is a German state as well.  Include it, but show in a different colour.

The key on the map will help you understand how big Germany was, and which parts were Prussian.

Challenge:  Why become one nation?

Read the paragraph underneath the map.  Answer the questions on your sheet.

What do you think these words mean:

  • Nationalism
  • Alliances

They were important factors in both WW1, and WW2.  We will talk about them more soon!

Challenge:  German Empire 1871

Read the information on your sheet, and look at the map here

Compare it to the original map you drew – what has changed.  Use a different colour to show the lands that Bismarck took over.