Thank you for using the Jiskha Homework Help Forum. Here are some ideas for vocabulary games in German, and it's up to you to decide if it will work with the 11-12 year olds.
2. (part II of #1): http://german.about.com/b/2003/11/18/german-vocabulary-games-quizzes.htm
5. (many ideas you can adapt): http://www.quia.com/shared/german/
6. (primary school): http://home.freeuk.com/mflgames/germangamesindex.htm
NOTE: There are lots of sites where you can purchase flash cards, etc. We don't know if these children are German or English-speaking. Hopefully you can find something that will work for you above. Depending upon the attention span you can try morer than one game in 30-40 minutes.
Thank you:)I am from Croatia so children speak croatian but i am studying to be a teacher and have to teach some children in german.It is not important which language it is i just need some games about TRAVELLING..this is my topic.I've made a roleplay but i need something more.So if anyone has any suggestions it would be great
A game I sometimes used to play with my mother went like this: we'd have a map of a country in front of us and one of us would pick the name of a city/village on that map; the other would have to find it. It's a good lesson in geography and maybe the child who finds the place first could win a small prize.
I like EG's game! Here are some other ideas I've used, however I taught Spanish, French and English to high-school age:
Matching, Concentration, Flash CArds, Word Search, Crossword Puzzles, Hangman. My advice is "to do nothing your students can do." I am terrible at art and my students did fantastic Concentration games. Here are a few more sites with games:
2. a book to look for:
Control Data distributes Spanish Vocabulary for shopping use and German Travel Vocabulary for $39.95. These software packages provide a painless activity for drilling students in vocabulary. The 'games' need little or no teacher supervision and are excellent for rewards or fill-in activities. author: Wold, A.L., Hunter, C.B.
Publisher: American Association of Media Specialists & Libraries
Publication Name: Media & Methods
Educational software, Computer assisted instruction, Educational games, Personal Computers, Computer-Assisted Instruction, Foreign Languages, Vocabularies, Spanish Vocabulary for Shopping Use, German Travel Vocabulary
4. http://www.alcester.dial.pipex.com/dynamic/dyindex.shtml (Drag 'n Drop game)
5. (Microsoft Games = just try some that move from right to left at the top): http://club.live.com/Pages/Home/HomePage.aspx?ocid=club_sem_ef&FORM=MXCA00&publ=Google&crea=c595d797451c45fcaa81143cb5aa6d25c
6. (cartoons = I used a lot with white-outed "bubbles" for the dialogue, for oral and written prompts):
7. (some German travel vocabulary): http://www.cactus2000.de/reise/index.en.php
8. (My classes did a lot of activities, in pairs, trios, 4 in a group (never more than 4) and if you have an odd number, you can play too!): http://userweb.port.ac.uk/~joyce1/abinitio/chap6-ex.html
9. (good ideas for expressions): http://www.learn-german-language-software.com/games/index.htm
NOTE: If you are teaching one-word at a time, you could call out the word and students have to draw what comes to mind. It's fun comparing drawings. Let me tell you, even my stick figures on the board were hard to guess at times! My students laughed a lot because many of them were Korean and VERY good at art! I also had a picture file (students brought in good pictures too), taken from magazines and categorized in people, places, activities, etc. Sometimes I hand out 3 to a student (or to a pair of students) = person, place, activity. Even the Level I students were so creative telling a little story. Once you know what the students are interested in, it was a snap to dream up activities. The class would often get noisy and people would stop and look in the doorway to see what was going on, but everyone was participating! If they got off track (speaking native language, for example) I only had to write TOT on the board. They knew that mean "time on task" and working in groups (often 1 excellent student, 1 weak, 2 in the middle) with a group grade, they all made sure the weak student got better!
Best of luck and please let us know anything else we can do to help you!
Sra (aka Mme)
Here is another game we used to play as kids; call it City, Country (in German
We mad several columns on a wide piece of paper. The headings were: city, country, mountain, bodies of water, books, composer, author, flower and name. (Of course, you could make up your own categories.)The last column would be called POINTS.
The first child would say "A" and then proceed to say the rest of the alphabet inaudibly. The next child said "stop" and the first one would say out loud the letter of the alphabet he/she had just reached. Then everyone needed to fill in the columns with words starting with that letter that was chosen. (e.g. the letter "S"; you'd put maybe Salzburg as city, Spain as country; Seine as body of water and so on.
The child who finishes all the columns first says "stop" and everyone has to stop writing. Then everyone compares their entries; for answers that were used by more than one child you'd get 5 points; for answers that were different from the other children's you'd get 10 points and for an answer in a column that no one else has answered at all, there were 20 points awarded. You add them up and put the total into the points column.
The game can be played for as long as you'd like (maybe until all the children had a chance to say the alphabet). In the end you add up all the points in the poins column and the child with the most points wins.
It's not only fun but educational as well.
(Sometimes, instead of the children saying the alphabet, we took a piece of heavy cardboard, made a wheel with all the letters on it, fastened it to the cardboard with a pin and spun it. Wherever the wheel stopped (we had made a small mark on the cardboard to indicate the stopping point)that was the letter to use.
Have fun!!! Viel Vergnügen!!!