What is going on in Herr Weiss' class?

Today in class we had a creative writing prompt where we wrote about our birthday and what we got as presents and then what we would buy, if we would go and what we would give

The rough draft is due Wednesday and we will peer edit then. The final draft will be due on Thursday.

Wann hast du Geburtstag?
Wen lädst du zur Party ein?
Wo möchtest du deine Geburtstagsparty haben? Es ist deine „Traumgeburtstagsparty!“
Was möchtest du zum Geburtstag, als Geschenke?
Wer schenkt die Geschenke? Familie? Freunde? Der am teuersten, coolsten, schönsten – der am billigsten, blödsten, schlechtsten. – sie sind Gegenwörter

Du mußt Geschenke kaufen, weil es viele Partys in Mai gibt.
Zur welche Party gehst du oder nicht? Warum kannst du nicht zur Party kommen?
Was schenkst du ihnen?
Wann haben sie die Party?

Hier sind die Leute, die im Mai Geburtstag haben!

dein Onkel – 6.Mai dein(e) bester Freund(in) – 2.Mai
Muttertag – 13.Mai dein(e) Freund(in) ♥ – 22.Mai
dein Deutschlehrer – 13.Mai dein Bruder – 5.Mai

Nützliche Wörter

der Geburtstag
die Party – die Partys
der Mai
die Familie
das Haus
das Geschenk – die Geschenke
schenken – haben geschenkt
einladen – haben eingeladen
bekommen – to get/receive
gehen – to go
kommen – to come
zu (dative) – to/toward
bei (dative) – at
für (dative) – for
sein – his – follows xexe chart
ihr – her – follows xexe chart
der Freund (m) – die Freunde
die Freundin (f) – die Freundinnen
mixed – die Freunden




Today we began using the verb schenken to describe giving gifts to people.

it is a regular verb weak verb and follows the normal verb conjugation rules:

  • Ich schenke
  • Du schenkst
  • Er, sie, es schenkt
  • Wir schenken
  • Ihr schenkt
  • Sie, sie schenken

Important Tip Remember in Geman:

das Gift the gift

das gift =

das Geschenk =

Unless you really want to        with something 

But that’s totally up to you!

Now that we have the “false friends” cleared up with a very important word that is NOT a cognate, we have to know that the verb we are focusing on this chapter takes TWO different objects!! Yup that’s right – a direct object and an indirect object.  To find out what they are keep reading!

We started out by making a list of words in a varied KWL Chart like this:

Was kann ich sagen? – das Auto, das Buch, und so weiter

Was möchte ich sagen? – things students would like to have as gifts.

Was muss ich lernen? – what do they need to know – necessarily for the chapter.

A photo of the words we came up with will be attached to this blog post.

Now here are the grammar charts we used today:

“der” words

“ein” words

These charts show the endings on all the “der” words and all the “ein” words (like mein, dein, kein, sein, all the possessive pronouns etc….)

  • The first row is for the nominative case – or the subject of the sentence
  • The second row is for the accusative case – or the direct object of the sentence
  • The third row is for the dative case – or the indirect object of the sentence

Since all of these “things” that we listed above as presents to be given, they will be the direct object of the sentence and will need to be in the accusative case! For more review on the accusative case go here!

Example sentences ->

  • I am giving the apple. -> Ich schenke den Apfel.
  • I am giving an apple. -> Ich schenke einen Apfel.

We look in the accusative case row in the column for the nouns gender and use the letter there as our ending on „der“ or „ein“.

Now that we have WHAT we could give we began to work with to whom we will be giving it to.

To whom or for whom we are giving something is the indirect object and will be in the dative case! For my grammar tutorial and practice of the dative case check out my website!

So far in class we have only worked saying we are giving things to my or your or a specific person.

Here are some examples:

  • I am giving my father the apple. -> Ich schenke meinem Vater den Apfel.
  • I am giving the father the apple. – > Ich schenke dem Vater den Apfel.
  • I am giving Jeff an apple. -> Ich schenke dem Jeff einen Apfel.
  • I am giving your aunt an apple. –> Ich schenke deiner Tante einen Apfel.
  • I am giving Jess the apple. -> Ich schenke der Jess einen Apfel.

Since these names would answer the questions „To whom or for whom?” they are in the dative case.

Here are some websites where you can practice the dative case:

The Dative Case: Indirect Object (Kapitel 11 A)

Komm mit 1, Kap 11-2

We began the week with chapter 11-2 in our books which deals with invitations to party’s and holidays, ordinal numbers and months (which we covered before) and sayings for birthdays and holidays – see the attached photos for the vocab and how to use the verb einladen (to invite)

This week: if you class is scheduled for the PSSA – we will be doing a culture activity on German music – block 1 is Wed, block 2 is Thurs.
On the opposite day we will be doing workbook exercises, a comic book activity, a speaking activity and normal chapter work. The quiz will be on Friday!



Today in class:April 2

Today we started using vocabulary for talking about the genres of music/books/movies – spannend, phantasievoll doof, dumm, schmaltzig etc.
We also started using gern – lieber and am liebsten to express our opinions in varying degrees on these topics. Here are some places to go and practice gern, lieber and am liebsten.
10.2 Vocab practice
Kapitel 10-3 Vocab

Today in class: March 30

Today we watched a German food commercials video and made predictions on what the product was going to be based on a small blurb before each commercial.
We also took our quiz on chapter 10-1 and played a game of guess who – with our previous days homework assignment.

In class: March 28/29

On March 28 and 29 we began by learning genres of books, music and movies and expressing our opinions with finden, denken, glauben and mögen. We also were using the different degrees of gern to say how much we like or dislike something.
We completed the workbook and the entire chapter section which means on March 30 there will be a quiz. The writing project, which we will play a game of guess who to review an prepare for the quiz, students were to write a small autobiography about their favorite book, author, movie, actor/actress, song, and singer/group; as well as when they had last seen/read/heard them.



Today we worked with three verbs for expressing our opinions –
1. finden
2. denken
3. glauben

along with making subordinating conjunctions with dass.

We reviewed the end of chapter 9, pages 264-267 and 270 in our German book.

Things to know for the test:
1. directions
2. buildings in a town
3. finden, denken, glauben with dass
4. how to say you know or don’t know where something is (using wissen)

Need practice before the test? Go to my website!

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