1. Freitag

Fragen des Tages:

Wohin gehst du? Ich gehe zum/zur/ins ______.

Woher kommst du? Ich komme aus/vom/von der ______.

Doch! (as a contradiction)

Projekt des Tages:

Die Umfrage (survey) will be the project of the day today. This is the first project that will probably take longer than one meeting time to finish. Be sure to be patient with the villagers. If you feel like you begin to fall behind in the curriculum try to teach some of the patterns and grammatical structures in you project groups. If that becomes impossible, simply slow down and pick off where you left off the next time the group meets. It’s better to thoroughly teach a concept than to teach it quick to get through.

Der Plan fuer heute

1. Familie (45 minuten):


3 minutes: Before breaking into the new patterns and projects, begin with a review of the concepts that were learned the day before. These can be reviewed by simply spending a few minutes drilling the villagers on the patterns from yesterday. Some patterns to review are:

Was ist das? Das ist ein/e ________.

Was hast du? Ich habe ein/e/en_______.

Wo ist das Buch? Das Buch ist auf dem Tisch.

Welche Farbe hat das? Das ist ______.

Wie ist das Wetter?

5 minutes: Take the group over to the middle of the “Marktplatz.” Tell one villager to walk over to the “Bahnhof.” After he or she walks for about ten seconds have them stop and ask them, “Wohin gehst du?” Use this as the building block to introduce the question “Wohin gehst du/” Have each villager answer the same question for simple landmarks such as “der Gasthof” and “der Bahnhof.” They should answer with “Ich gehe zu dem Bahnhof /Gasthof.” It is not important that the villagers learn this concept and all the intricacies of the dative prepositions in five minutes. Your main goal is to simply introduce the pattern.

3 minutes: Ask the villagers to name off as many different locations in Waldsee as possible. As they name off the locations, write them down with the correct definite article on a sheet of paper. Be sure to write the locations in German.

7 minutes: Have all the villagers sit around a table. Place a large piece of paper on the table. Give each villager a marker. The goal of this game is to draw an accurate map of Waldsee in seven minutes. The trick is, certain buildings require certain colors. Below is an example of what each color could represent. The villagers have to work together to draw the map. The villagers can only draw with their marker. No marker trading is allowed. This map will eventually be used to practice the pattern, “Wohin gehst du?”

1. “Grosse Gebaeude mit braun”

2. “Der Wald und der Fussballplatz mit gruen”

3. “Strassen mit gelb”

4. “Wasser mit blau”

5. “Bank, Laden, und Café Einbeck mit rot”

6. “Der Marktplatz mit Schwarz”

7. “Worpswede und alle kleine Haeuser mit lila”

3 minutes: Once the map has been completed, have the villagers go through and label the different areas of the map using the list from before.

10 minutes: Give each villager a little toy that they can set on the map to represent themselves. Set your toy on the picture of the “Bahnhof.” State, “Ich gehe zu dem Bahnhof. Wohin gehst du?” Pose the question to another villager. Have them put their toy on the map as well. Give each villager an opportunity to ask and answer this simple pattern. When answering using the preposition “zu” or “in,” be sure to not combine the definite article with the preposition right away. By leaving the preposition and the definite article separate, you can later begin to introduce the concept of the dative prepositions.

Villagers will most likely be very confused when they say, “…zu dem Gasthof” when they know that the definite article for “Gasthof” is “der.” This is a great place to introduce the dative case. Present the villagers with a list of the dative prepositions: “aus,” “ausser,” “bei,” “mit,” “nach,” “seit,” “von,” and “zu.” After any of these prepositions, the object following the preposition will take the dative case. Present the villagers with a table of the dative definite articles:

Nominative Dative

der dem

die der

das dem

Have the villagers practice answering and asking one another “Wohin gehst du?” with their new knowledge of the dative prepositions. A great way to test them is to have them say they are going to the bank. This way they are forced to change “die Bank” to “zu der Bank.”

Take your time presenting this concept to the villagers. It may be a difficult concept for them to grasp inititally. If a villager properly can say “Ich gehe zum Bahnhof” or “Ich gehe zu der Bank,” it may be a good idea to ask them in English why you can’t say, “Ich gehe zu die Bank.” Have them explain to you why “die” changes to “der.”

12 minutes: Spend the last minutes introducing the new radio project of the day. Today villagers will be introduced to their first type of reporting which requires them to collect sound bytes from other villagers and counselors, “die Umfrage” (the survey). A basic outline for a survey is given in Figure 7.

Figure 6

The creation of a survey requires villagers to use many of the individual skills they have learned over the past three days and combine them. There are five steps involved in creating a survey:

1. A good question. Not a simple yes or no question, but preferably an opinion question or a question that feeds off of the Waldsee pattern of the day. A good question for this first Friday would be a simple “wohin gehst du” question.

2. Asking the question. Villagers will be required to go out and collect answers from Waldsee villagers and counselors. This creates villager to villager language interaction in German that helps with language acquisition and confidence.

3. Editing. Once the villagers return to the studio with their collected answers, the answers need to be edited down to be brief and concise. In each “O-Ton” segment there should be only one answer and no portion of the question being asked. All long pauses should also be edited out of the answers. (Villagers should practice good radio etiquette by not editing answers to change the meanings!) Appropriate music should also be added in the background if necessary.

4. Writing the “Anmoderation.” The standard sheet for presenting a project to be aired should be completed with an introduction explaining what question was asked to the other villagers.

5. Broadcast the next day. The completed survey will be saved and inserted in to the next day’s radio schedule.

It may be a good idea to enlarge the picture in Figure 6 and show it to the villagers. This will help them visualize the project. They have also seen two diagrams like this already. They should be able to conceptualize this project better as they understand how to read the diagram. Collecting the sound clips from the villagers can be a difficult process. Have other Waldsee “Familien” sign-up to have a Waldsee Radio villager come to the them and ask them a question for a survey. This way the “Familien” can practice the survey questions before being recorded.

Here is a list of “Umfrage Fragen” that can be asked of villagers for each day. The questions are developed based on the Waldsee language pattern of the day. The orange questions are appropriate for a “Grundkurs Familie” or beginning group. The green questions are appropriate for a “Aufbaukurs Famile” or intermediate group. The red questions are appropriate for a “Fortgeschrittene Familie” or an advanced group.


Wie sagt man _______ auf deutsch?

Wir spielen “Stump the Betreuer!” Was ist ein _________.

Existieren Zwerge in Waldsee?

Was ist dein Lieblingsort in Waldsee?

1. Dienstag

Wie heisst du? und Wo wohnst du?

Wie geht es dir?

Wie heisst dein/e Betreuer/in?

Was haettest du gern vom Kiosk/Laden?

1. Mittwoch

Was spielst du gern?

Was isst du gern?

Was fuer Hobbies hast du?

Wofuer interessierst du dich?

Worauf freust du dich in Waldsee?

1. Donnerstag

Wie ist das Wetter heute?

Wo gibt es Postkasten in Waldsee?

Was fuer Obst gibt es zu essen?

Wie viele Kinder sind in Waldsee?

1. Freitag

Woher kommst du?

Wohin gehst du in der Pause/Veran.?

Wie komme ich zum Gasthof?

Wo liegt Café Einbeck?

1. Samstag

Wie spaet ist es?

Wann hast du Geburtstag?

Was ist dein Lieblingsrestaurant?

Was essen Baeren/Stinktiere?

Wann wirst du zum Gasthof gehen?

Wann traegst du dein Namenschild?

2. Montag

Warum gehst du zum Fussballplatz/Marktplatz/Gasthof?

Warum geht der Stinktier zum Gasthof?

Was haelst du von Muesli?

2. Dienstag

Was hast du heute gegessen/getrunken?

Was hast du heute in der gemacht?

Wo warst du heute ?

Was wolltest du heute in der Veran./Pause machen?

2. Mittwoch

Warum macht Waldsee so viel Spass?

Warum sollen wir zum Gasthof gehen?

Warum bist du trauig/froh/boese?

Warum sind Betreuer so muede?

2. Donnerstag

Wie oft gehst du zum Laden/Strand?

Was ist dein lieblings Ort in Waldsee?

Was haelTst du von dem Essen in Waldsee?

1. Veranstaltungstunde, 2. Familie, and 3. Familie: The rest of the day will have villagers be broken up into three different groups. They will rotate each meeting between one of three different activities. The activities are “die Umfrage”, “Wetter und Nachrichten,” and a “Schnitzeljagd.”

Die Umfrage

Each group will have the opportunity to work on a different aspect of the survey. For each of the three groups the first 15 minutes will be the same. The last thirty minutes will have the villagers doing different tasks. The first group will record the answers from other villagers. The second group will edit the answers together into one concise sound file. Then, the third group will finish the editing process and fill out the “Anmoderationsblatt” so the “Umfrage can be aired the next day complete with an “Anmoderation” that will be read live by the DJ.

5 minutes(alle): Bring out the map the villagers created during the last session. Spend these first five minutes reviewing the new sentence structure the villagers learned during the last meeting. Concentrate on using the spatial preposition “zu,” followed by the dative case. Review the dative prepositions and give some examples of the other prepositions being used in sentences. (i.e. Ich fahre mit dem Bus. Ich komme aus der Schweiz.)

10 minutes: Have the villagers sit in a circle. Set a globe in the middle of the circle. State where you come from, “Ich komme aus _____.” Point where that place is on the map, then ask the villager to your right, “Woher kommst du?” Pass this pattern around the circle. After the villagers have a concept of how to answer the question “Woher kommst du?” practice using different pronouns in the sentence. This will continue to work on verb conjugation.

Introduce the villagers to other countries and their German pronunciations. Give each villager a picture of a different country. Have the villagers ask one another, “Woher kommst du?” If the villager is holding a picture of Austria, they will then respond with, “Ich komme aus Oesterreich.” Let them practice this pattern with one another a few times.

Now give each villager a picture representing a verb. They should now be holding the picture of a country and the picture of a verb. They will use these cards to play the game Mord. Have villagers close their eyes and put their thumbs together. You will be squeezing the thumb of the person who is it, “der Moerder.” The killer’s weapon is to wink and the killer’s objective is to murder everyone before being discovered.

After “der Moerder” has been secretly chosen, have the villagers mingle using the questions “Woher kommst du?” and “Was machst du?” The villagers will answer based on the cards they are holding. The killer will try to slip an inconspicuous wink when he or she catches the eye of someone they are in conversation with. If someone catches the wink of the killer, they must die a slow and painful death. To keep the killer’s identity from being too obvious, there should be a bit of delay between the wink and the eventual death. Play continues until someone wants to make an accusation, “Ich klage an.” The accuser then has to point at the villager they believe to be the killer. If they point to the wrong villager, the accuser falls over and dies. Play continues until someone guesses who the killer is, or until everyone is killed (Waldsee Curriculum Handbook).

For more advanced villagers, have them make sentences using the present perfect form to answer questions pertaining to the past. “Was hast du gestern gemacht?” “Ich habe Fussball gespielt.”

30 minutes (first group): The last thirty minutes should be spent having the villagers collect sound clips for an “Umfrage.” Before the villagers head out to record answers they should have spent a few minutes deciding on which questions they will be asking. Remember, these questions should pertain to the Waldsee pattern of the day and be questions that require more than a simple “ja” or “nein” answer. Be sure to accompany the villagers as they go out and record the “O-Toene.” When you are finished recording the answers, save them on the computers so the next group can begin editing during the next meeting.

30 minutes (second group): The last thirty minutes should be spent having villagers edit the answers recorded by the other group into one approximately 45 second long sound clip. They will be looking to take out all of the long pauses, unneeded repetition of words, and any extra dialogue that is unnecessary. Only sentences that are pertinent to the question asked should be left in.

Note: Remember, this finished sound clip should consist only of the answers given by the villagers. The villagers doing the sound editing should remember to edit the original question out of each answer.

30 minutes (third group): This group will spend these thirty minutes doing any last minute editing and will fill out the “Anmoderationsblatt” for the “Umfrage.”

Wetter und Nachricten

45 minutes: Each group should get a chance to put together a news report or a weather report for the next day. The weather report should build off writing things in the future tense. The News should CONTINUE TO focus on writing about events in the PRESENT tense AS A BASIS FOR INTRODUCTION OF PRESENT PERFECT EARLY NEXT WEEK.

Any extra time can be spent by taking the villagers to the DJ booth and letting them practice there. Remember to have them use the DJ Plan that was mentioned earlier in the curriculum

Die Schnitzeljagd

The “Schnitzeljagd” is intended to get villagers acclimated to the Waldsee environment and to practice the Waldsee pattern of the day, “Wohin gehst du?” The “Schnitzeljagd” will consist of questions that require the groups to go to a certain Waldsee location to answer the question. Villagers will start by being given the first question on a strip of paper. Before they can run off to the location where the answer is located they must answer the question, “Wohin gehst du?” Upon returning with the correct answer they will be given the next question on a new strip of paper.

Figure 7