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German 101 Lab 5 Online (Verb Frequency)

German 101 Lab 5 Online (Verb Frequency)


Students will review adjectives they know and talk about how often they do things.

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Verb Frequency


Students will review adjectives they know and talk about how often they do things

Proficiency Level:



German, verbs, actions

World-Readiness Standards:

  • STANDARD 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

  • STANDARD 1.2 Students understand and interpret written and spoken language on a variety of topics.

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • 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.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can answer questions about how often I do activities 

  • I can ask questions about how often others do activities

  • I can discuss with others the activities I do

Materials Needed:


Heads up with Verb Cards  

  1. Instructor will tell one student to close their eyes and while the student’s eyes are closed, the instructor will reveal the word to the rest of the class. 

  2. The instructor will then open the Jamboard and allow students to type associated words or search for images or draw images.

  3. The student who is guessing will be encouraged to ask questions about the word. 

  4. The other students must help the student guess what verb is on their card by providing descriptive words but they CANNOT say the word that’s on the card.

Main Activity

“Wie oft...?” game

  1. The presentation shows pictures and gives a verb. 

  2. The instructor will ask students how often they do these things and the students must answer by giving a relative amount (often, never, etc.) 

  3. The instructor can choose to do this by going through every student or sending them into breakout rooms. 

  4. Encourage students to use the whole sentence in their responses. z.B. “ich reise sehr oft” instead of “sehr oft”.

  5. If the activity is going fast, the lab assistant can ask follow up questions z.B. “Wo reist ihr gerne hin?” “Was kochst du gerne?”


Frequency Questions:

  1. Was macht ihr am häufigsten?

  2. Was macht ihr am seltensten?