OK. It’s not only the last couple of days before Christmas break, but central Wisconsin is supposed to be plastered with nine inches of snow tomorrow, so pretty much nobody is planning on coming to school on Thursday. Which causes a problem for Wednesday because I can’t start anything of a two-day nature, given that my annual gingerbread house contest judging happens this Friday?
So….fortunately we happen to be working over the word “happens” right now with my German I class. The II class and III/IV class are off cooking today (Snickerdoodles, Recipe all in German) so I just have to worry about the Is. What I’m using is a list of videos and will stop them frequently asking “What happens now?”
Warten auf den Fussgaenger (kid jumping in a puddle)
Ein ruetschendes Auto (a car sliding in the snow)
Chile Fahrradfahrer (Mountain Bike race in urban Chile)
Tochter fallen lassen (A guy drops his daughter to catch a baseball)
Schneewagen fahren (Snowmobiling, guy falls off and rolls down mountain)
Lebenskreis (Leopard lies in wait for an antelope)
Ein kleiner frisst scharfes (A toddler eats an atomic warhead)
Kein Boden im Lift (Elevator flor replaced by TVs)
El Camino del Rey (Scary hike)
Dramatisches im Belgischen Dorf (Dramatic happenings; just wierd)
Turnen oben auf dem Berg (guy doing gymnastics on mountain then falling)
Baerenkumpel (Woman chasing away bear)
The time won’t be filled by watching videos as much as by working the room in the middle of the videos (they hate that, he he) and afterwards. What would happen if Chad were on this scary hike? (Nothing, Chad has a jetpack, as everybody knows). What would happen if Herr Black were hiking? (Auf Wiedersehen) What happens when the baseball guy talks to his wife? What happens as the toddler walks up to a puddle? What happens next to the car? What happens when the gymnast guy’s mom sees this video? etc. etc. Basically I’ll try and put my students into the situations as much as possible and play up the possibilities.