Lesson 3


Introducing German

Lesson 3


 colors

 numbers


 students will be able to count from 1-20

 students will be able to identify basic colors

 students will be able to describe flags of countries in the German-speaking world




 color cards

Das Deutschbuch : pp. 6-7


A. Greetings (approx. 5 min)

Review saying hello and introducing yourself:

B. Numbers (approx. 10 min)

Guten Tag! Wer bist du? Wie geht’s?

Introduce the numbers 1-10 two or three numbers at a time:

Eins, zwei, drei // vier, fünf, sechs // sieben, acht, neun, zehn

Write the following rhyme on the board and go over the words: eins, zwei, Polizei drei, vier, kaltes Bier fünf, sechs, alte Hex’ sieben, acht, gute Nacht neun, zehn, auf Wiedersehen

Continue practicing by counting non-stop from 1-10 and then backwards.

C. Numbers 11-20 (approx. 5 min)

Introduce the numbers 11-20 in a similar fashion. Look at page 6 in Das Deutschbuch . You can also practice counting by twos and threes.

D. Total Physical Response (approx. 8 min)

Use Total Physical Response to practice numbers. Demonstrate each new verb. Get the students even more involved by having them carry out the command quickly ( schnell ), slowly ( langsam ), loudly ( laut ), or quietly ( leise ): klatschen (to clap)


Introducing German klatscht 2mal klatscht 4mal klatscht 6mal gehen (to walk) geht ___ Schritte nach vorn (2/ 5/ 8) hopsen (to jump) hopst 2mal/ 4mal/ 6mal gehen (to walk) geht ___ Schritte zurück (3/ 5) klopfen (to knock) klopft 1mal/ 3mal/ 5mal

E. Game: Autsch! (approx. 7 min)

Play the game Autsch!

Write the numbers 1-14 on the board. Start by counting with your students. When you get to 3, say Autsch!

instead of 3. Keep on conting. When you get to 13, say


again [***Depending on what level our students are at, you can also include multiples of

3 such as 6/ 9/ 12/ etc.***] You an cross out the numbers to indicate that students are not supposed to say anything with a 3 in it. When you think that the students understand, ask all of them to get up. Start again. When students make a mistake, ask them to sit down ( Bitte setze dich hin – help them with a gesture so that they know to sit down). The students will understand quickly that this is a competition.

F. Colors (approx. 5 min)

Begin by writing the following colors on the board: blau, weiß, rot, Schwarz, grün braun, orange, violet, gelb, rosa golden, silbern, grau

Pronounce each word before students repeat after you. Then students guess the English equivalents.

Using color cards, ask students questions:

Ist das grün? Blau?

Welche Farbe ist das?

G. Die Fahnen (approx. 5 min.)

Do the activity on page 7 in Das Deutschbuch where students can practice their newly acquired knowledge of colors.