Morgens früh um sechs kommt die kleine Hexe

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Morgens früh um sechs kommt die kleine Hexe

Contributor: Liz Black

Language of text: German
Type of text: Short story
Author or source: Petra Wiegandt / Otfried Preußler
Intended age of students: Key Stage 2/3
Source reference:
Written by Otfried Preußler on 1st September 1957 and published by Thienemann Verlag. ISBN 978 352210580 4 website The illustrations are by Winnie Gebhardt-Gayler. It was awarded der deutsche Jugendpreis in 1958 and has been subsequently been translated into 47 languages
Many book/DVD versions to purchase here

Extract : Morgens früh um sechs kommt die kleine Hex’.
Morgens früh um sieben schabt sie gelbe Rüben.
Morgens früh um acht wird Kaffee gemacht.
Morgens früh um neun geht sie in die Scheun.

Petra Wiegandt Kindergedicht

Attached files:
Powerpoint presentation by Melanie Tobin

File nameFile typeSize
Die kleine Hexe.pptComposite Document File V2 Document348 kBInfo

Use powerpoint to read poem from story to class.
Give examples of own routine using vocabulary as appropriate to course followed interwoven with phrases from the story e.g. Morgens früh um sieben stehe ich auf
Morgens früh um Viertel vor acht wasche ich mich
Morgens früh um acht wird Kaffee /Tee gemacht etc
Students describe their day! What do they do? They should illustrate and write a short text. Grammar focus –inversion of verb
Extension work
Book reviews. This link provides many short reviews in various language and containing various thoughts that pupils could discuss. If the lesson could be linked with an English teacher this could be a positive way of linking language awareness

KS2 pupils could listen to the tune of a song here with different verses to sing
Otfried Preußler schrieb 1973 eine Bühnenfassung für Die kleine Hexe. Das Buch war auch Vorlage für weitere Inszenierungen vieler Theater und Puppentheater.
From there are picture cards to colour and stick to prepare for a musikalisches Erzähltheater (wonderful idea if more time available)
You Tube excellent, read beautifully, which should encourage out of school learning Parts 1-10 in separate sections follow link to part 1

To encourage students to read stories for themselves
and gaining confidence in KS3 go on to choose German for GCSE
To introduce pupils to a classic text enjoyed all over the world/ German handwriting.

Students gain understanding of:
a) word order rules- inversion
b) singular forms of regular and irregular verbs
c) poetic ‘licence’(kommt die kleine Hex’ /in die Scheun’)
Students improve reading skills

Topics or themes:
Recap of clock times from KS2 and introduction to daily routine

Word order/inversion of verb
Verb practice - switching between first and third person singular


How much time required:
One lesson (two if linked with English/literacy lesson) This could however be extended to a project see below for additional resources to purchase

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