Shawn Moak, Mimi Fahnstrom, Amber Hoye
Material Type:
Middle School, High School, Community College / Lower Division, College / Upper Division
  • Cities
  • German
  • Public Transportation
  • Reisen Transportation
  • Sights to See
  • Städte
  • Transport
  • Travel
  • Using Past & Present & Future Tenses
  • License:
    Creative Commons Attribution Non-Commercial Share Alike
    English, German

    German Level 3, Activity 02: Reisen / Travel (Online)

    German Level 3, Activity 02: Reisen / Travel (Online)


    Students will practice planning a trip to a German city. They will need to follow a budget when planning their activities.

    Activity Information

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    Travel / Reisen


    Students will practice planning a trip to a German city. They will need to follow a budget when planning their activities.

    Semantic Topics

    Travel, Reisen Transportation, Transport, Public Transportation, Öffentliche Verkehrsmittel, Sights to see, Sehenswürdigkeiten, Cities, Städte, Using past & present & future tenses, Verwendung von Vergangenheits-, Gegenwarts- und Zukunftsformen,


    Google, Google Powerpoint


    Students create an itinerary for visiting Zurich, Berlin, or Vienna.  Die Studierenden erstellen eine Reiseroute für einen Besuch in Zürich, Berlin oder Wien.


    Appreciation for traveling to a German-speaking city. Develop an appreciation for the world capitals in Switzerland, Germany or Austria.  Wertschätzung für Reisen in eine deutschsprachige Stadt. Entwickeln Sie eine Wertschätzung der Welthauptstädte in der Schweiz, Deutschland oder Österreich.

    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 3.1 Students reinforce and further their knowledge of other disciplines through language.

    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: CONN 1.2 Relate information studied in other subjects to the target language and culture.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can share my preferences with friends regarding travel.
    • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to travel/stay and why.

    Materials Needed


    Ask the students  travel questions using different tenses (where would you go, how would you travel there, where did you go (this summer?), where will you go (this weekend?)

    • Stellen Sie den Schülern Reisefragen in verschiedenen Zeitformen (wohin würden Sie reisen, wie würden Sie dorthin reisen, wohin gingen Sie (diesen Sommer?), wohin reisen Sie (dieses Wochenende?)

    Main Activity

    Prior to the main activity create a shared Google slide show for the students and share the link in Zoom Chat.

    Randomly assign students into 3 break-out room groups with the following cities: Berlin, Wien, und Zurich. Give each group a budget for activities around their given city.

    • Weisen Sie Studierende nach dem Zufallsprinzip Breakout-Raumgruppen mit folgenden Städten zu: Berlin, Wien und Zürich. Geben Sie jeder Gruppe ein Budget für Aktivitäten in der jeweiligen Stadt.

    1. Put students into break-out rooms and share the corresponding city Google presentation.

    • Setzen Sie die Schüler in Break-Out-Rooms ein, und teilen Sie die Google-Präsentation der entsprechenden Stadt.

    2. Each group will have a budget for traveling around a city.

    • Jeder Gruppe hat ein Budget für Reisen durch eine Stadt.

    3. Each group is assigned a different city.

    • Jeder Gruppe wird eine andere Stadt zugewiesen.

    4. Each group will need to budget out the activities to do in the city.

    • Jeder Gruppe muss die Aktivitäten in der Stadt budgetieren.

    5. Have the groups write an itinerary on a shared google slide show (every group will get 1-2 slides).

    • Lassen Sie die Gruppen eine Reiseroute auf einem gemeinsamen Google PowerPoint schreiben (jede Gruppe erhält 1-2 Folien).

    6. Each group will share their results at the end.

    • Am Ende teilt jede Gruppe ihre Ergebnisse mit.


    Ask the the students the following question(s) to finish the activity:

    • Wohin in Europa sind Sie gereist? (Where have you traveled to in Europe?)
    •  Im deutschsprachigen Raum? (In German-speaking countries?)
    • Was sind einige Höhepunkte/Missgeschicke beim Reisen? (What are some highlights/misadventures from traveling?)

    Extra Activity:

    Zusätzliche Aktivität:

    If there is time leftover, ask about what their dream vacation would be. Discuss and comment on it!

    Wenn noch Zeit übrig ist, fragen Sie, was ihr Traumurlaub wäre.Diskutieren und kommentieren Sie es!

    Cultural Resources

    Here is a video following the Easy German presenters as they Fly to Vienna.

    End of Activity

    • 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 activities!

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements

    • I can share my preferences with friends regarding travel.
    • I can interact to share ideas about where I would prefer to travel/stay and why.