For the past few years, my kids have been learning German. We work a lot on building their vocabulary and increasing their conversational skills as well as working on their reading comprehension, listening skills, and grammar.
Below you’ll find some of the German packets I’ve made for the kids. Our units include a lot of pictures. We’ve done units on the family, clothing, weather and seasons, sickness, daily routines, activities, holidays and many more! Most packets include picture cards, matching pages, and many packets include bingo cards which has become the kids’ favorite way to review!
There are two BUNDLES of German materials available. These are definitely the best value. Or you can purchase various packets separately, just keep scrolling on below.
The bundles are at the top of the page. You will find more photos as you scroll down the page. And, if you need even more detail about a particular unit you can look through the German posts here on the blog.
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German Bundle 1: $6.50
- German Conversation Packet – die Familie (2 pdf files)
- German Conversation Packet 2 – das Wetter die Jahreszeiten die Monaten
- German Weather Packet -Winterwörter-Krankheiten-Schmerzen
- German Conversation Packet 3 – Kleidung – Clothing
- German Vocabulary Builder – Valentinstag
- German Worksheets – Easter Spring Words – Ostern und Frühling
German Bundle 2: $6.50
- Daily Routine, Chores, Free-time Activities das Haus Wortschatz
- Auf dem Land
- German Sommerwörter – Worksheets and Activities
- Adjective Opposites
Individual German Packets
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Greetings/Family – We focused on conversation skills, basic greetings like: How are you? What’s your name? How old are you? We used a “family” of people and pretended to be different people. We continued to use these as we jumped into our next units. German Packet: die Familie $2.50 (or included in German Bundle 1)
Clothing – We went over clothing vocabulary. Our “family” members got clothing and we talked a lot about what “we” were wearing. We also “went shopping” and learned out to ask about prices, how to try things on, how to get another size, etc.
German Packet: Kleidung $2.50 (or included in German Bundle 1)
German Weather, Winter and Sickness/Symptoms (See photos and descriptions below.) Weather – With this unit, we talked about the months, seasons, and weather. We practiced talking about the weather (using weather cards they were given). We then went on to talk about Winter Words (vocabulary building).
German Weather, Winter and Sickness/Symptoms (See photos above and below)
Sickness/Symptoms – Following our study of the winter, we talked about catching a cold, the flu, having a fever, having a sore throat, ear ache and more. We play the “Lesespiel” regularly to review all this vocabulary (Who has a cold? I have a cold… Who has diarrhea? I have diarrhea. Who has a sore throat…)
Daily Routine – Our next unit was all about our day. We started first with activities we would do during the course of the day (getting up, eating breakfast, brushing our teeth, taking a shower, etc.) Chores – We then added in various chores we do around the house (washing and drying dishes, doing laundry, sweeping the floor, etc.) Things around the house – We did vocabulary building activities with various appliances and things you would find around the house (refrigerator, broom, curtains, chair, rug, etc.) Hobbies/Activities – We talked about things we would do for fun – playing the piano, chess, soccer, walking the dog, hiking, swimming, etc. We now use these cards to practice the past tense.
In the Countryside – We learned vocabulary for things like stream, bush, mushroom, cloud, branch, twig, farm, various farm animals, farm tools
Sommerwörter: German Worksheets and Activities
$3.00 (or included in German Bundle 2)
Adjectives – We have been working on opposites – old/young, high/low, expensive/cheap, boring/interesting, etc. We’ve read texts/paragraphs from Learn German (affiliate link) that use comparative adjectives – big, bigger, biggest. I made some bingo cards. I read a word aloud and the kids have to cross the opposite word off (high-low, white-black, active-lazy, sharp-dull, etc.). The kids now know about 30 adjective pairs!
German Gegenteile – Opposites $2.00 (or included in German Bundle 2)
German Unit: Travel and Transportation; In the City; Buildings; Jobs
In the City – Directions, Getting there (verbs), means of transportation (by bus, by taxi, by foot, etc), vocabulary in a city (crosswalk, traffic, street, traffic light), a trip (airport, luggage, suitcase, airplane, seat belt, etc.),
Buildings in a city (library, town hall, hospital, police station, etc.)
Jobs – businessman, sailor, mailman, butcher, etc.
This packet is nearly 50 pages, but is not yet available.
Our Free German Materials:
School Materials – We still review this vocabulary from time to time and play the bingo game about once every two weeks!
German Books and Resources We Use/d:
When the kids were first learning German, we used the German children’s series, Bobo Siebenschläfer and Bobo Siebenschläfer ist wieder da. Bildgeschichten für ganz Kleine. (affiliate links) We purchased both the books and the CDs and listened to them A LOT!! What I liked about these children’s stories is that Bobo has various adventures. For example, he goes to the store, plays with his toys, goes to the zoo or goes to the park or zoo. It really helps German language learner build vocabulary.
Another books we used a lot when the kids were beginners is called Es War Einmal (German Edition) (affiliate link) by Susanne Ehrlich. Unfortunately, this book seems to be out of print. We got it used on Amazon. The kids did really well with these stories because they were so familiar.
We have used the CD/book set Living Language German (affiliate link) off and on the past couple of years for independent work (essentially like homework). The kids have work they do on their own while I work with the others. This resource comes as a set with three levels–Essential (Beginning), Intermediate, and Advanced. The kids can follow along with the book as it covers new vocabulary and grammar points. The Essential (Book 1) starts off slowly and might even be a good fit for a very young learner without much background in German.
My kids flew through the first book fairly easily (and without much help from me).
By the way, some people like Rosetta Stone, German, (affiliate link) but I felt my kids were too young (because you have to speak quite clearly to progress). It is also quite pricey, so that was also a draw-back. My sister’s kids (my Sis homeschools her 3 kids) used Rosetta Stone German quite a bit. It never worked for us. Some people also love the app DuoLingo. My kids have used that off and on, but sometimes they got frustrated with it. It’s free, though, so it’s definitely worth checking out!
Last year, we wound up using two main textbooks. Often we used both on the same day. I’m going to tell you why they worked for us this year:We started using a new German textbook, German Made Simple. (affiliate link) I loved it last year.
This is not a book to use with beginners (it would be too difficult), but for those who are a bit more advanced, I’ve found it really great. Each chapter starts with a paragraph about Mr. Clark (and his family). In each chapter you learn a bit more about them. What makes this books so usable is that it has the English translation on the right side of the page.
Each chapter has vocabulary, exercises and teaches some grammar. We’ll definitely continue with this book next year. My niece and nephew are also learning German and I recommended this to them. They really like it too (They are 14 and 16).
This year, we have been using the texts (paragraphs) from Learn German (affiliate link) by Dominik Wexenberger. Huge thumbs up for this book!! He writes about one theme and generally there are 3 or 4 texts/paragraphs on each topic. The sentences are simple and we have extremely helpful for continuing to build vocabulary and to read more fluently. Some chapter topics include: Colors and Clothing, Things on a Desk, Shopping, Family, Body, Free Time (which fit in perfectly with our unit on activities/hobbies), Calendar (what do you do all week) – again this fit in well with our unit on activities, Jobs, House (fit in well with our vocabulary building on words around the house and with chores), Sickness/Symptoms, Places (activities), Adjectives (which we are using as we work on opposites – high/low, etc.) and that’s only about half of the topics. Note: This book does not come with English translations. You can check it out here Learn German (affiliate link) and if you have Amazon Prime, you can borrow it for free! Again, I highly recommend it!
You might also want to check out this post: Other German Curriculum Options for other German curriculum, books and textbooks.
German Immersion Camp: Another amazing resource is if you can take your kids to Waldsee, A German Immersion Camp. It is a summer camp for families or for kids and is an amazing experience no matter what your level of German. I first took my kids when they were 7, 9 and 11. I wished we had started earlier for my oldest! The kids (and I!!) learned SO much. The food is incredible! We did the Family Camp, but you can also send the kids for a week. This is located in Minnesota. My Sister sent her three kids there as well, that’s how I found out about it.
Movies in German: This year, we purchased a multi-region DVD player (we bought one of the cheapest models, the 10 inch Sykik Portable DVD (affiliate link) and it works well for us. I plug it into a speaker to boost the sound). We have about a dozen movies that we’ve watched in German so far this year. We set the timer for 20 minutes (because we have other things to do!) but try to watch most days. The kids always beg for more. The purpose of this portion of our lesson is for the kids to hear German as it’s spoken. They said they can understand a lot more than they could at first. And, since these are kid-friendly movies they’re drawn in by the action/plot and can basically follow what’s going on even if they only understand 30% of what they hear.
Check this post out for a list of the movies we watched this year.
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