Ashley Gambill

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11th Grade: Advanced German IV/V - Course Description

This class is an opportunity to study independently with the teacher. By the end of this course, students should have mastered the usage of the subjunctive cases (I and II), passive voice, phrases such as um…zu, je…desto, and da-wo compounds. Practically speaking, the students should know how to write a formal/informal letter and email, how to apply for a job, how to give a presentation, and how to defend his or her own opinion about a worldwide and/or local social problem.

12th Grade: Advanced German IV/V - Course Description

This class is an opportunity to study independently with the teacher. By the end of this course, students should have mastered the usage of the subjunctive cases (I and II), passive voice, phrases such as um…zu, je…desto, and da-wo compounds. Practically speaking, the students should know how to write a formal/informal letter and email, how to apply for a job, how to give a presentation, and how to defend his or her own opinion about a worldwide and/or local social problem.

Welcome to 1st grade German!

Liebe Eltern,

During the 1st grade year, the children are learning a vocabulary of colors, body parts, simple conversational greetings, numbers 1-20, some animals and actions in the infinitive. They are able to sing Happy Birthday, respond with action to simple commands and with ja and nein  to simple questions as well as follow the lesson’s structure of games, recitation, acting, singing, listening and drawing. And because it is good for them and they love it--we will jump rope!

The 1st graders first German block begins in mid-October and they will have it for 5-6 weeks. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 2nd Grade German!

Liebe Eltern,

Students in 2nd grade German will learn new vocabulary, listen to and participate in different animal fables, Grimm's fairy tales and a German saint story. The vocabulary in the second grade is based on seasons, weather and natural flora in Germany. They will also recite poems, sing about and learn various greetings of the day, the days of the week, months of the year as well as some clothing according to the season and classroom items. They will practice counting in different groups of 2s, 3s, 5s and 10s up to 100 in German. Through picture dictation, the students will draw a picture I am illustrating orally with current vocabulary and then they will describe it back in simple sentences. And because it is good for them and they love it--we will jump rope!

The 2nd graders first German block began at the beginning of the school year and will last through mid-October. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 3rd Grade German!

Liebe Eltern,

Students in the 3rd grade will hear, participate and learn different stories about farm animals, professions and different German legends. They will recite poems, sing, act out dialogues and have short conversations around family members, clothing items, types of transportation and rooms of the house. They will begin to name nouns with their articles, verbs and some adjectives, give negations in sentences and practice prepositional directions in German. We will begin to work with the alphabet orally (spelling vocabulary words, our name, others names' ect.) to directly and consciously prepare for writing and reading the language in the 4th grade. And because it is good for them and they love it--we will jump rope!

The 3rd graders first German block begins in mid-October and they will have it for 5-6 weeks. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 4th Grade German!

Liebe Eltern,

The 4th graders embark on a new journey in 4th grade World Language lessons, where writing and reading in the language are developed out of the material they can recite and sing by heart. They will begin by writing and reading songs and poems from 1st-3rd grade in their own books, naming vocabulary of the numbers, days, months, seasons and various other topics from which this material stemmed. Then, they move onto learning about native animals in Germany, common pets, telling time and family professions through conversation, writing and reading.They will also begin to target all nouns, verbs, adjectives and articles and give explains for them. And because it is great for them and they love it, we will jump rope!

The 4th graders begin the year in their first German block which lasts until mid-October. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 5th Grade German

Liebe Eltern,

In the 5th Grade, the students will explore some already-familiar (and some new) vocabulary such as naming, guessing, describing and writing classroom items, family members and fruits, vegetables and market items along with learning their articles, plural forms and descriptions through adjectives. Learning the gender of objects and why will be the focus this year, as we begin to look more technically at the language. And on that note: I request that each student has their own German-English pocket dictionary. I have always found "Langenscheidt" to be the best and most logical of the dictionary brands. Below you can find links to Amazon and Barnes and Noble--the books range anywhere from $4-$11, new or used. Pocket dictionaries are a simple gateway into developing a student's inner curiosity for the language and an option for non-German speaking parents to help their child indirectly with the language.

http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/346898135X/ref=pd_lpo_sbs_dp_ss_1?pf_rd_p=1535523722&pf_rd_s=lpo-top-stripe-1&pf_rd_t=201&pf_rd_i=0887291058&pf_rd_m=ATVPDKIKX0DER&pf_rd_r=1EPK5929HA1BCQGDJ8J6 

http://www.barnesandnoble.com/w/langenscheidt-pocket-dictionary-german-langenscheidt/1101972074?ean=9783468981357 

In conjunction with the fruits, vegetables and market items, the students will learn Autumn and Winter German songs and carols, sung often during the season. We will then take a field trip to the Christkindlmarket downtown in December where they will get to perform these songs, experience the smells and taste the savory and sweet food about which we learned. We will read some traditional myths from German-speaking countries and learn about their different flora, to connect with their Botany blocks. 

The 5th graders first German block begins in mid-October and they will have it for 5-6 weeks. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have three or four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 6th Grade German

Liebe Eltern,

The students in 6th grade German will focus on learning, acting, conjugating all types of verbs from irregular and very frequently used verbs, to various regular verbs--the top 30 most used in everyday language as well as all the types of stem-vowel changing verbs which will prepare them to differentiate and categorize them for learning the past tense. With these verbs, the students will also have conversations, write their own dialogues and incorporate new vocabulary of school subjects, food, drink and restaurant settings and clothing articles. In connection with their English grammar lessons, we will begin our journey into the cases (Kasus), naming the subejcts-Nominativ and direct objects-Akkusativ. In this way, we will write and observe the change in pronouns and articles from ich --> mich (like I --> me) and der  --> den (unlike the --> the). The students will really begin to look at their own language more consciously, compare how their own differs from others and when and way changes happen.

To bring direct culture into the lessons, we will look at the map of Germany, observe that it lies in the heart of a very large and prominent continent, learn its states, capitals and neighboring countries by name. I'll share my stories and experiences from living and traveling in these cities, they will illustrate these maps and hopefully be able to pen pal with other 6th graders from a German Waldorf School (it's still in the works...den Daumen druecken--fingers crossed!) And lastly and most enjoyably for the students, we will cook, bake and read different German recipes that will make their mouths water! 

The 6th graders begin the year in their first German block which lasts until mid-October. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have three or four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 7th Grade German

Liebe Eltern,

The students in the 7th grade will focus on syntax and self-reflection in German classes. We will incorporate new vocabulary such as weather, table settings, traveling phrases and city buildings to display different sentence structures and physical structures as seen in the German cities themselves which connects with Renaissance and architecture of 7th grade Morning Lessons blocks. The students will continue to put the pieces together of German grammar by recalling verbs from 6th grade and adding reflexive and separable components to their conversational repetoire. Students will continue through the German noun cases (Kasus) and add another--Dativ, in which we will explore the differences between an object in motion (Akkusativ) vs. an object standing/sitting/lying/hanging still (Dativ). We'll continue to look at maps, this year, specifically into the German-speaking countries and read stories of the inventions and discoveries from which innumerable items of today originated i.e. bicycle, globe, The Red Cross.  

The 7th graders first German block begins in mid-October and they will have it for 5-6 weeks. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill

Welcome to 8th Grade German

Liebe Eltern,

The students in 8th grade will bridge past grammar of adjectives, verb conjugation and syntax with new grammar such as modal verbs and vocabulary of world countries, languages and people to help them look further out into the world, form objective opinions through comparative speech and begin to discover what language they will choose for high school and hopefully, their exchange through the future tense. We will read stories of prominent German-speaking men and women well-known and not, who all made a significant mark in the history of the world, musically, scientifically and politically. We look at the dative case-Dativ again in connection with indirect objects--an aspect they learn in 7th and 8th grade English grammar lessons. We continue improving our conversational skills, as well as writing through summaries and brief descriptions. Other adoloscent/8th grade relevant and interesting topics of language we will learn are how to tell a joke, appropriate slang and how to write a birthday card to a friend.

The 8th graders begin the year in their first German block which lasts until mid-October. Our World Language program is taught in blocks where grades 1,3,5 and 7 are learning Spanish while grades 2, 4, 6 and 8 are learning German. Every 5-6 weeks we alternate which means each grade sees both German and Spanish three times a year in blocks of 5-6 weeks and within each week the students have four classes a week for 40 minutes to an hour. 

Please contact me through email if you have any questions, especially concerning high school language classes!

Viele Gruesse,

Frau Gambill