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.

 

 

 

 

Germany, WW1 & WW2: What we Know & Want to Know

This week in German we discussed what we already Know, what we Want to Know about Germany, WWI and WW2.

At the end of our unit we will revisit our ideas, and see what we understood correctly.

What would you add to our list?

What do you think we will learn?

WWI

Know:

  • Germany started the war
  • Many countries helped each other
  • a lot of people risked their lives for us
  • The English declared war
  • A lot of people died
  • They fought over countries
  • Spain and Russia owned Germany during the great war
  • What weapons
  • Adolf Hitler started WW1
  • Sir John Monash fought (on $100 note)
  • They used guns, army, dogs, horses and C4
  • they had weapons
  • Hitler was in WW1 as a soldier.
  • The shooting of Franz Ferdinand – shot by Serbians
  • 1914-18
  • millions of Jews got killed in 1916
  • Caused by assassination of Prince of Hungary
  • Everyone started to leave

Want to know

  • how it ended
  • what aircraft they used
  • who were some of the main fighters?
  • what guns did the Germans use?
  • who started WWI
  • when was World War I started?
  • how many people fought?
  • If Hitler had died in WW1 would WW2 have happened?
  • How did it start?
  • what was the purpose of it?
  • everything important about the war!
  • How did the war unfold?
  • Why did they shoot Franz Ferdinand?
  • Which countries were involved?
  • More about the Red Baron
  • The youngest soldier
  • How did it end?

WW2

Know

  • They fought over countries
  • Adolf Hitler hated Jews
  • Adolf Hitler was a Nazi
  • Adolf Hitler was leader of the Nazis
  • Concentration Camps
  • The Nazis trapped a lot of Jewish people
  • Some of our families fought in the war
  • Hitler, Swastika symbol
  • Hitler committed suicide & killed his family
  • Hitler started WW2
  • Hitler was attacked by a bomb but survived

Want to know:

  • How did it start?
  • Where did it start?
  • When did it start?
  • How did Hitler rise to power
  • If they said WWI was going to be the first and last war why was there WW2
  • Hitler’s childhood / history
  • Why it started
  • How did Hitler die?

Germany

Know:

  • have a good soccer team
  • Capital City:  Berlin
  • Powerful war country
  • Sausages

Want to know

  • Why are there two parts of Germany?
  • How to speak German better

War!

In Year 6 we will explore what was happening in Germany that led to World War I & World War II.  It will help us to understand more recent German history – like:

  • why there was West Germany & East Germany
  • why there was a wall dividing Berlin into East & West
  • why the wall came down!

It will lay the foundation for us to research how different people used opportunities to resist what Hitler was doing, and to complete a presentation in German about these heroes.

It will also prepare students for their Semester 2 Literature Unit.

Hallo!

Herzlich Wilkommen!

Welcome to German!

In Kindergarten this year we will have a fabulous time learning German together through games, songs and other activities.

Whenever we watch a video or learn a song at school, I will share it with you on this blog so you can join in at home.

Starting school in Germany is a very exciting and important adventure.  Families celebrate with a special party, cake, and a very special gift called a Schultüte.