Fragen des Tages:
Wohin bist du gegangen? Ich bin nach Hause gegangen.
Was hast du gemacht? Ich habe Fussball gepsielt.
Wo warst du? Ich war im Gasthof.
Projekt des Tages:
The Villagers that DJ today should be reminded to broadcast the programs that were finished yesterday.
Der Plan fuer heute
1. Familie (45 minuten):
2 minutes: Group Morning Meeting.
3 minutes: Spend a few minutes reviewing some of the concepts from the day before. Focus on asking villagers why they went to a certain location in Waldsee. See if they can come up with their own reasons. If they cannot, you may prompt them with a reason before the question.
10 minutes: The language pattern for today deals with the present perfect. Take the group to the “Marktplatz.” Draw a big box on the ground in chalk and split it into two halves. On one half write 2004 and on the other half write 1900. Start by having villagers identify if a sentence that you say is in the present tense, or the past tense. If you say a sentence in the present tense, the villagers should jump to the 2004 side. If you say a sentence in the past tense, the villagers should jump to the 1900 side.
Pass out different sentences on strips of paper to the villagers. Once each villager has a sentence, ask them to go to the side which is appropriate to their sentence. Run this activity a few times.
Bring the villagers back to the circle. Show them a list of the verbs you’ve learned so far, and the past participle for those words. Go around the circle and give each villager a chance to write a sentence using the present perfect tense.
30 minutes: Project time. Each group should have a counselor working with them to keep them on task. One villager should be in the DJ studio broadcasting live. The villager who will be DJing in the next session should be writing up his or her plan. When he or she is done they should join their groups. Change the groups around so that the villagers work with different people and so that they are working on different projects than last time.
Group 1: Have this group work on an “Umfrage.” Pages 59 and 60 have sugggestions for possible questions based on the question of the day.
Group 2: Have this group work on a news report and weather report for tomorrow. Remember to work with the future tense with the weather report and the past tense with the news report.
Group 3: Have this group work on a “Kinofeature.” This requires a fair amount of preparation on your part to prepare the sound clips for the villagers. Have the villagers go online and look up reviews in German to help them write their own. This will undoubtedly take the entire day and could run over into the next day.
These projects will be continued in the other three meeting times as well. At the end of this day’s curriculum there will be other projects and games that the villagers can do if they finish their projects early.
1. Veranstaltungstunde (45 minuten):
10 minutes: Spend a few minutes going over the different past participles of the verbs they know. Have villagers write down these sentences and show you that they understand the general idea of how to form them.
You will spend the rest of these ten minutes playing Charades. Prepare note cards with a past participle on one side and a picture on the other side. Have villagers come up one at a time and pick a card. They must act out this motion without saying any words. The villagers must guess the action and use its past participle in a correct sentence. To make it more competitive break the villagers up into teams.
35 minutes: The rest of this session should be used for projects. One villager should head to the DJ studio to do some programming, while the rest should continue on their jobs. The villager who will be DJing in the next session should be writing out his or her plan.
2. Familie (45 minuten):
10 minutes: Introduce villagers to the different days of the week. Since today is Tuesday, ask villagers where they were yesterday using the form, “Wo warst du gestern.” Villagers should respond with, “Gestern war ich im Bahnhof.” Practice using the verb “waren” with different pronouns to work on conjugations.
To practice this pattern you can play a game called Police Detective. Explain to the villagers that someone stole all of the milk in Waldsee. Pass our cards with different locations on them to each villager. Pretend that you are the detective and ask each villager, “Wo warst du gestern.” The villager with the “Gasthof” card is the guilty party in this situation since all the milk is in the “Gasthof.” Mix it up by letting villagers decide what the crime committed was and let the villagers take turns to try and discover who committed the crime.
35 minutes: Villagers should be working on their projects during this time. One different villager should be in the DJ studio. The villager who will be DJing in the next session should write out his plan, then join his or her group
3. Familie (60 minuten):
10 minutes: Give a more detailed explanation how to determine if a two-way preposition is dative or accusative case. This will help villagers to understand the concept of why the say, “Ich war in dem Gasthof.” The week before they learned about the dative prepositions, but you probably didn’t cover the two-way prepositions. Give a solid explanation of how to determine the case using the “wo” or “wohin” method. To put it more concretely, if there is a change in condition that results in using a preposition such as “in,” then you will use the accusative case. If there is no change in condition you will use the dative case.
50 minutes: The rest of this time should be used to finish projects and one new villager should head to the DJ booth. As groups begin to finish you should have other activities for the villagers to do. Have villagers write out DJ plans to get practice. Have groups go begin a new “Umfrage.” Have groups go collect sounds to add to our sound library. Think of other creative ways to fill this time.
[DAVID; SINCE THE PRESENT PERFECT NOW IS THE PATTERN, AND TRAINING TO USE IT IS IMPORTANT FOCUS, ONE OPTION IS TO PRACTICE READING SKILLS HERE, READING THE NEWS USING PRESENT PERFECT..., PERHAPS WITH SOME EXCERPTS OF REAL GERMAN NEWS TEXTS, OR LISTENING/WATCHING NEWS SHOWS FROM VIDEO}