German Level 1, Activity 09: Essen / Food (Face to Face)

Activity Information

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Food / Essen


Students will review vocabulary words relating to food, using a game of Heads Up. Then, they will practice using those words with a card game that requires them to match words with the picture.

Semantic Topics

Food, eating, essen, vocabulary game, vokabelspiel, matching pictures, passende bilder, groceries, lebensmittel.


Traditional German products for breakfast, lunch, dinner, snack time. Traditionelle deutsche Produkte zum Frühstück, Mittag- und Abendessen, Snackzeit.


Understanding the cultural importance of meal times in German speaking countries. Die kulturelle Bedeutung von Essenszeiten im deutschsprachigen Raum verstehen.


Eating together with family and / or friends is important in the culture of the German-speaking world. Das gemeinsame Essen mit Familie und/oder Freunden ist in der Kultur des deutschsprachigen Raums wichtig.

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 2.2 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the products and perspectives of the cultures studied.

Idaho State Content Standards

  • Objective: COMM 1.1: Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions.
  • Objective: COMM 2.1: Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • Objective: CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • Objective: CLTR 2.3: Justify the underlying beliefs or values of the target culture that resulted in the creation of the product.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

  • I can understand a bit about a German holiday. 
  • I can discuss the differences between breakfast in German and breakfast in the U.S.
  • I can discuss my daily routine.
  • I can ask and answer questions relating to my day.

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