HELLO!!!
ON THIS WEBPAGE, YOU WILL FIND THE MONTHS AND THE CULTURAL EXTENSION ACTIVITIES WE HAVE DONE IN GERMAN CLASS THAT COINCIDE WITH THESE MONTHS.... STUDENTS FOUND THE ACTIVITIES BOTH EDUCATIONAL AND ENJOYABLE- WE HOPE YOU DO TOO!!!!
THANKS!!!
Frau Kochefko

SEPTEMBER: Students marched in the annual German-American cultural parade in NYC Sept 21, 2013





OKTOBER :Students learned about the annual Oktoberfest in Munich & Students sang the Kolumbus Tag song below-----
Students in the 5H/AP class discussed the notion of "freedom" in relation to Kolumbus and the Goethe Institut film http://www.goethe.de/ins/us/ney/lhr/aoe/vid/enindex.htm "Generation Freiheit" about East/West Germany. For Halloween, all students learned Halloween vocabulary and sang/listened to the song "Wer hat Angst vor Dracula" and discussed what their fears were. AP/5H students wrote their own "Spukgeschichten"-spooky stories. Students in German 3 wrote "Abenteuerliche Geschichten"- Adventure stories about animals/characters and created glogs about these using past and present tenses.Glog 1 glog 2glog 3 In German 2, students have been learning to incorporate the past tense when describing travel/vacation experiences. They created travel brochures.

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NOVEMBER
---"This year marked the 20th anniversary of the Fall of the Berlin. Students learned about this momentous event and what it meant in terms of freedom."

http://www.websterschools.org/classrooms/dunne/BerlinWall.html (An online scavenger hunt for 20 year celebration- Fall of the Berlin Wall)

News clips:

NOVEMBER 9th 1989- 2009! 20 Jahre!!



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http://cosmos.bcst.yahoo.com/up/player/popup/?rn=3906861&cl=16533437&ch=4226714&src=news

http://www.cbsnews.com/video/watch/?id=5577929n&tag=morephotovideo

http://www.mauerfall09.de/en/portal/grusswort.html

http://www.webcams.travel/webcam/1169743809-Weather-Berlin-Brandenburger-Tor-Berlin

http://www.cnn.com/SPECIALS/2009/autumn.of.change/

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,265,00.html

http://www.dw-world.de/dw/0,,12302,00.html

Students listened to Reinhard Mey's "Mein Berlin" below:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NIZAHHPdVSM

AP TASK: Please create a powerpoint celebrating one aspect of Berlin- DUE FRIDAY--- use sites listed above....

ideas: Berlin- Symbol der Freiheit, Berlin- Fluchtgeschichten, Kunst- Berlin Gestern/Heute, Berlin 1989 vs Berlin 2009, Berlin- Die Mauer, Berlin- Ost/West, Berlin- Fest der Freiheit!
Mindestens 15 Dias.... fuer Freitag ..... (AP & 5H GERMAN)

SEE SAMPLES OF PROJECTS DONE BY AP STUDENTS:




Middle School Fall of the Berlin Wall Assignment....
Please create a piece (a powerpoint slide) of the Berlin Wall in the M2 lab today . You may be as creative as you like. However, the slide must have another slide with it explaining why/what you depicted on your slide and why. Slides will be collected in a mini-simulaion of the Berlin Wall....
SEE MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASS VIRTUAL BERLIN WALL



DECEMBER:
----"High school students in December learned about the Grimm Brothers and their well-known fairy tales. This was used in conjunction with the German past tense. They created their own fairy tales using Photostory online. Having read excerpts from Hansel and Gretel in German, students also designed Gingerbread houses to match this fairy tale- just in time for the holiday season!!!
Middle School students learned about German-American Immigration and famous German Americans and their inventions. This tied nicely to the display in the ERMS art studio on "Ellis Island"


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4H task




PLEASE DOWNLOAD AND PRINT THIS GERMAN FAIRY TALE:



SEE GERMAN 4H FAIRY TALE PHOTOSTORY PROJECTS:

http://ckochefkogerman.wikispaces.com/German+Level+4H+high+school

Middle School Students learn about German-American Immigration:
They watched the film "Making their Mark" & answered the following questions based on it:




They also did an online scavenger hunt!!
http://www.cloudnet.com/~edrbsass/Germ-Am.htm

They discovered more about German originality and inventions at:

www.germanoriginality.com

JANUARY:
---"Having just enjoyed a winter vacation, middle school students learned how to talk about their vacations and with whom they traveled, etc. They also refreshed their family members and created projects on these themes- German high school students learn about Angela Merkel and Germany and its strong economy in the TIME article below"

-Xtra credit- see Germany as a major force in the European Union today- check out the TIME articel from January 11th

read in order 4-3-2-1


Middle school 7th grade students learn to speak in the past tense:


FEBRUARY:
---"German 6th grade students will learn about animals through famous German, Austrian and Swiss artists and their paintings. They will celebrate Karneval making masks depicting the animals studied in class. German 4H students will be focusing on the complexities of German National Identity & reading German/Turkish literature as well as learning about Frankfurt & Berlin in conjuction with this topic. German students will also be celebrating Valentine's Day through German song and lyrics.

492455333_1729341058_0.jpgAfter learning about the Animals, students have the chance to read the book "Karneval der Tiere" (Karneval of the Animals) in class and make their own animal Karneval Masks- they also learn about the city of Cologne!

492456368_1729344936_0.jpg---See the German Animal Karneval Masks made by the 6th graders!
Students also watched "Madagascar" in German, as well as "Schnappi" and "Knut" to aid in the learning of animals
http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=7055235710129334638#docid=3528632870366241716

492450917_1729324347_0.jpg492451240_1729325567_469862912_1265732962525.jpgStudents write German Valentines Day cards and receive Valentines Day Mail!!!

German students also have the wonderful opportunity this month to see German Pop Singer "Dyko" at WestConn University!
dyko.pnghttp://www.newstimes.com/news/article/German-techno-pop-comes-to-Danbury-398914.php#page-2:
"A lot of Europeans are exposed to American music, but here we're stuck with American music," Ridgefield High School junior Rachel Carnazza, 17, said. She studies German in school. "(My friends and I) listen to German rap, and we learn a lot of German words."

German students in 4H/AP extended their knowledge of Koeln by reading about the Heinzelmaennchen and Cologne....





MARCH:
German middle school students are learning about many different foods in German. Every student was asked to bring in one fruit/veggie diced into little pieces. Foods were placed on the side table and each student was then called up, asked to put the ingredients into the bowl and thus, two salads were made: a fruit salad and a regular salad. It was a tasty treat for all to learn fruits/veggies!
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external image shamrock1.pngWhile Germans believe pigs and lady-bugs are lucky, of course, the shamrock is lucky on St. Patrick's day....In 7th grade the students are learning to conjugate modal verbs in German. Thus, here is a song involving modal verbs (students also wrote their own lyrics to this) to the tune of the Irish Song "My Bonnie lies over the Ocean"

"Ich will jetzt ein Andenken kaufen.
Ich will jetzt die Zugspitze sehen.
Ich will jetzt zum Supermarkt laufen.
Ich will jetzt die Bayern verstehen.
Ich will, du willst,
wir wollen, sie wollen,
wollt ihr mit uns gehen?
ich will, er will,
sie will die Bayern verstehen."


st_pattys_3.JPG St. Patrick's Day picture.

German Students- Jack LaJeunesse & Mary Lodigiani & Sarah Blumrich win National German Award!!!


Students in German 3 have also been discussing Hausarbeit and Alltag and used Heinzelmaennchen in relation to this topic. They memorized the song "Wer will fleissige Handwerker seh'n?" & had a Klassentreffen

April:
Middle School German students are learning about fashion and will be preparing for their end of the month fashion show! See show & pictures online~
our fashion show!!
see a German 7th grade powerpoint on fashion!

German 4H students are gearing up for the unit on the German "Krimi" - mystery stories.
AP students are preparing for the AP exam on May 6th.


learn more about .... Der Krimi
**http://www.quia.com/pages/period4.html** (links for " Das Mysterioese Konzert"

**http://www.kika.de/fernsehen/a_z/k/krimi/leipzig/crash/index.shtml**

**http://www.kika.de/fernsehen/a_z/k/krimi/hamburg/netzpiraten/index.shtml**- Introduction and film clips "German Krimi"
Students also learned about the notion of the hero and read the Siegfried legend and watched "Die Unglaublichen"- and wrote about their heroes.
Students enjoyed creating the dialog to the antique version of the Nibelungen legend with Youtube.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zu-J9ewSDrc&feature=related

Students in German 3 discussed the topic of "Healthy Living" and what that entails. They created health advertisements and brochures and watched a McDonald's ad with Heidi Klum and "Doener macht Schoener"

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=u_p02Wor-tw
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=S4pu1qXTTmU

Mai:
German 7th grade students are continuing to study Modal verbs and enjoyed the Max Mutzke song "Mein Automobil" and Die Prinzen's song "Ich will dich haben" to aid in their study!
**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xWNujkx3RR0&feature=PlayList&p=EEF5186A63BF2E89&playnext_from=PL&playnext=1&index=38**
check out Max Mutzke's song on YouTube

**http://www.maxmutzke.de/**- check out more about singer Max Mutzke

Wer hat Geburtstag?! German 7th grade students plan a "fake" birthday party in class.
Day 1- students write invitations to come to the birthday (see examples below)

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Day 2- students write a birthday card to the "birthday" boy/girl (see example)

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Day 3- Students choose roles (friend, parent, relative, teacher,cousin, etc) and take on that role at the party on Friday,

Day 4- students plan a "gift" for the birthday person- song, poem, etc.

Day 5- Wir feiern Geburtstag! We celebrate a birthday! Students present their gifts to the birthday person, birthday person reads cards,students take on roles of family/friends/neighbors, and introduce themselves to each other at the party. Teacher plays the song "99 Luftballons" by Nena as background music.
see lyrics and song below:
**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LsU8fRvTeCI**

**http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5NxPO1Ni34g&feature=watch_response**
What is the meaning of this song "99 Luftballons" in a historical context? (see above)
-While at a **//Rolling Stones//** concert in Berlin, Nena's guitarist **//Carlo Karges//** noticed that balloons were being released. As he watched them move toward the horizon, he noticed them shifting and changing shapes, where they looked nothing like a mass of balloons but some strange **//spacecraft//** (referred to in the German lyrics as a "**//UFO//**"). He thought about what might happen if they floated over the **//Berlin Wall//** to the **//Soviet sector//**.**[3**] Both the English and German versions of the song tell a story of 99 balloons floating into the air, triggering an **//apocalyptic overreaction//** by military forces. The music was composed by **//Uwe Fahrenkrog-Petersen//**, the keyboardist of Nena's band, while Karges wrote the original German lyrics. The song came during a period of escalating rhetoric and strategic maneuvering between the United States and the **//Soviet Union//** in the **//Cold War//**. In particular, its international chart success followed the United States deployment of **//Pershing II//** missiles in West Germany in January 1984 (in response to the Soviet deployment of new **//SS-20//** **//nuclear missiles//**), which prompted protests across **//western Europe//**. The following month, Nena **//topped the UK Singles Chart//** with "99 Red Balloons" for three weeks, starting in 28 February 1984. Unusually, in the United States the German version was more successful, charting at #2 on the **//Billboard//** **//Hot 100//**. On 26 March 1984, it was certified Gold by the **//Recording Industry Association of America//**, for shipment of over 500,000 copies. "99 Luftballons" became the first German-language record to reach the top ten on the US charts since "Sailor (Your Home Is the Sea)" by **//Lolita//** in 1961. Although the German version was the hit version in America, both the German and English versions receive radio airplay in the United States today. (taken from Wikipedia)

JUNE:**
German students will be following the German Soccer team as they compete in the FIFA World Cup tournament. Each student will have one German soccer player to research and follow. See German team in the document below:

Students listen to the song by "Sportfreunde Stiller" - '54, '74, 90', 2010.... the years Germany won and hopes to win :)

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rj9KyVpCfYg

Students color in the German soccer jerseys based on German instructions:
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/pdfs/germany_football_kit_worksheet.pdf

Students can try their skills at guessing world flags:
http://www.activityvillage.co.uk/world_flags_quiz.htm

Students also watched Nutella advertisements which featured German soccer players:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AoCjEd-uuhg&feature=related
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QZGhVJGJojE&NR=1


7th grade German students visited the Pennsylvania "Deutsch"- early German/Swiss settlements and Hershey Park- (Milton Hershey was German!)

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Now in Chapter 8- 7th grade students are also learning commands and enjoying German music containing commands like "Geh wie ein Aegypter" by die Aerzte, "Zieh die Schuhe Aus" by Roger Cicero, and "Wie es geht" by die Aerzte.