Today I’m going to share our German worksheets about the weather and seasons, winter words and sickness/illness.
I have found it difficult to find good German materials and curriculum for kids. Early on we used a lot of free German worksheets and materials, but then at a certain point the kids were ready for more. Last spring I made our first set of German conversation cards. It consisted of a family tree and various family members (brother, sister, mom, dad, aunt, uncle and grandparents). We used these to practice greetings and for basic conversations asking and answering questions like What’s your name? How old are you? Is this your aunt? etc. Wow! Having props absolutely transformed German for us. So this summer, I made a half-dozen more sets. The kids have made amazing progress with these already.
German Conversation Practice Card Set – Weather, Months, Seasons:
In this portion of our German unit we covered the weather, seasons, days of the week, and months of the year. It’s been fun with lots of jumping around, singing, and action. The kids are really loving it! I think the key to learning a language is the energy you put into it. Some of the time I ask the kids questions, but the ultimate goal is always to get them to be able to ask each other questions and to answer each other. 🙂
The kids and I hold up various cards as we ask (and answer) each other’s questions… I have glued all of our cards onto foam Popsicle sticks like this. In the picture below, you can see that we are using blank cards, though the weather cards have a space for the student to write in the vocabulary if you want to use them that way.
When we started back to school, we started back up with basic greetings and reviewed family words (sister, brother, grandma, etc.). And we started adding new chit-chat to our conversation. So now the conversation grew from Hello! How are you? What’s your name? How old are you? We started adding in bits about the weather and the date:
- What’s the weather like today? What’s the weather like outside?
- Is it warm today?
- Is it raining? No, it’s sunny.
The kids also started asking and answering: What day is it today? Was yesterday Tuesday? and things like that. We quickly added in the seasons and months as well.
Going over some of this vocabulary, we’ve just been loud and energetic. We’ve chanted and jumped around, clapped and danced the days of the week. We’ve sung about the seasons (Es war eine Mutter…) and talked about the months. Being energetic, memorable, and using the vocabulary over and over has been another important strategy for learning these words. Once we get to the section on clothing (we just started today with shirt and shoes!), we’ll incorporate a lot of this vocabulary into that next conversation unit. (ie. What will you wear in the spring?)
From there we went on to learn some basic winter words. (These are included in a second pdf file.) These include some matching pages (German to pictures, English to German, word cards, and 6 bingo cards).
It made sense for us to talk about getting sick, illness and being in pain next. Again, we have some worksheets to go over this vocabulary. (German to pictures, German to English, picture cards, and a picture/reading game). On our cards, we have sentences (rather than phrases).
- Ich habe Kopfschmerzen.
- Ich habe Fieber.
- Mein Knie tut mir weh.
This worked well for the kids.
I made a Lesespiel game to help the kids practice these sickness terms. The kids have really enjoyed it!! (They beg to play more rounds!) It has suggested dialogue on the card… Who has a headache? … I have a headache… Who has a runny nose? etc.
This set is $2.50. There are about 15 pages in the first file (weather, seasons, days of the week) and about 25 in the second (Winter words, Illness/Sickness). You also have the option of purchasing the three German Conversation Packets together (with Family Words and the Clothing pdf) as a bundle for $6.50. See details about the bundle below.
Note: You can find out more about German Conversation Packet #1: The Family – die Familie here. And, there is a more detailed post about the third German Conversation Packet #3: Clothing.
With the purchase of this bundle you will receive 5 pdf files to download. Once you pay through Paypal, you will receive an immediate link to download these materials. You will also received an email from Sendowl (the service I use) to your Paypal Email Address with a link that you can click on. That too will allow you to download the files. Be sure to check your downloads folder (sometimes the files sneak in there). And of course, if you have any trouble with your order be sure to contact me via email liesl at homeschoolden dot com, or via the Contact Form. ~Liesl
This is what we will be covering this semester.
- Family tree for greetings and family words (See this post.)
- The days of the weeks, months, weather and seasons… Winter Words and Sickness/Illness
We use these card sets each day as part of our language class. (We also do other things during German time such as sing songs, listen to Bobo Siebenschlafer (affiliate link) stories, use a language CD set, and also the kids have started using the free app: DuoLingo etc.)
If you are interested in checking out our general German conversation plans for the semester, you can click on the photo below. That will show you how I added cards week-by-week and this is just a free pdf and quick glance at what we’ve been doing: