Talking about the weather-German, Novice Mid

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Talking about the weather - German, Novice Mid


In this lab students will create a weather report and practice talking about the weather. Then, students will work together to discuss and suggest activities that are appropriate based on the weather report that they came up with. 

Proficiency Level:

Interpersonal Speaking, Novice Mid


German, weather, activities, hobbies, report 

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about familiar hobbies (Novice Low)
  • I can discuss current events such as weather (Novice Mid)
  • I can advise what activities would be appropriate, based on the forecast (Novice High)

NCSSFL-ACTFL World-Readiness Standards

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics
  • Standard 3.2 Students acquire information and recognize the distinctive viewpoints that are only available through German and the German-speaking world

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • CLTR 1.2: Explain the relationship between cultural practices/behaviors and the perspectives that represent the target culture’s view of the world.

Materials Needed:

Whiteboard (Main Activity) One per student  

Whiteboard Markers (Main Activity), One per student 

Weather Forecast Sheet (Warm Up), One per two students 

Weather Cards (Warm Up), One set per two students 

Google Slides Presentation


Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introduce the Can Do Statements 


Today we will talk about weather. First, we will discuss types of weather with the Weather Cards, and create a forecast, using the Weather Forecast Sheet . Then, we will present our weather forecasts to the group. We will switch the forecasts, and the each pair will receive a weather forecast from another group. Working together, each pair will come up with activities for each slot on the weather forecast sheet and write these down on a whiteboard. Lastly, we will talk about some cultural aspects of talking about weather.

Heute besprechen wir das Wetter. Erstens werden wir Wetter Vokabeln lernen und dann werden wir eine Wettervorhersage machen. Wir werden die Wettervorhersagen präsentieren. Danach werden wir die Wettervorhersagen "tauschen" und jede Gruppe bekommt die Wettervorhersage einer anderen Gruppe. Mit Partnern denkt Aktivitäten aus, die mit der Wettervorhersagen passen.  Schriebt diese Aktivitäten auf. Dann werden wir ein paar ein paar kulturelle Aspekten um Wetter in deutsch-sprachige Länder besprechen. 

1.) Have students get into pairs. 

2) Each pair will have a set of Weather cards and a Weather Forecast Sheet 

2.) Have students create a weather forecast by putting a weather card on each space on the forecast sheet. 

Jede Gruppe macht eine Wettervorhersage. Stellt die Wetter Karten auf einen freien Platz. Es sollte Sinn ergeben. Also, wenn es morgen schneit, sollte es wahrscheinlich nicht heiß am Abend sein.   

Main Activity

1. Have students present their weather forecasts to the group 

Students can say: "am Samstag ist es ...." etc.

2. Make sure students don't clear the forecast when they are done presenting. Have them give their forecast to another pair. 

Wenn ihr fertig seid, lass euer Wettervorhersage wie sie sind! Dann gibt ihre Wettervorhersage einer anderen Gruppe. 

3. Give each pair a whiteboard and two whiteboard markers 

4. Have students develop a schedule of activities based on the weather report they have received. 

Jetzt, dass ihr eine Wettervorhersage habt, könnt ihr Wochenendepläne machen! Schreibt Aktivitäten auf. Es sollte eine Aktivität für jeden freien Platz geben.  


On Friday morning it is comfortable. We can go for a walk then ("Go for a walk" written on whiteboard for Friday morning )

am Freitag Morgen ist es angenehm. Wir machen einen Spaziergang. 

On Friday midday it is overcast. We can play a video game at home. 

am Freitag Nachmittag ist es bewölkt. Wir spielen ein Videospiel Zuhause. 

On Friday evening it is rainy. We can bake a cake.  

am Freitag Abend regnet es. Wir baken einen Kuchen. 


Wenn man in Amerika über Wetter redet, ist das Smalltalk? 

Explain that many people in Germany do not talk about weather as small talk and are genuinely interested in talking about the weather...especially when the weather is nice and sunny. 

Magst du Regnen? Was machst du wenn es regnet?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can talk about familiar hobbies (Novice Low)
  • I can discuss current events such as weather (Novice Mid)
  • I can advise what activities would be appropriate, based on the forecast (Novice High)


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