German Language Objectives

german1By the time a student completes a fifth through eighth grade sequence of German, that student should be linguistically and culturally equipped to comprehend and communicate about a variety of topics in a German-speaking country.

Students will study vocabulary, grammar, and conversation while applying these skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing activities. Students are assessed in a variety of manners including quizzes, tests, projects and oral presentations.


German In and Beyond the Classroom

Students studying German are immersed in the language on a daily basis. They learn through conversing with each other, studying vocabulary, reading and acting out short stories and poems, completing daily homework assignments and student-led projects, running a classroom store, and much more!


German students explore the culture of Germany. They learn about historical topics like the Berlin Wall and Germany’s reunification. They celebrate the first day of school by making Schultueten, cones filled with goodies that German children traditionally receive on the first day of school. Each year they practice their language when visiting the Christkindlmarkt in downtown Chicago. All fifth through eighth grade German students have the opportunity to take part in the annual exchange program with German students from Telgte, Germany.

Grade 5 German Curriculum Guide (PDF)