German Day

Thursday, April 2, 2020

44th Annual German Day

Date: Thursday, April 2, 2020

Theme: Musik in deutschsprachigen Ländern

Schedule of events and contest locations for 2019

8:30a: School buses arrive at Mallinckrodt Circle

9 to 10a: Welcome/Opening ceremony in Graham Chapel and Declamation IV contest

10:10 to 12:30p: Spelling Bees, Poster Contest, Children's Book Contest, Schnitzeljagd, and Süßigkeiten counting contests

10:10 to 11:30a: Declamation I, Declamation II, and Advanced Team Trivia

11:30a to 12:30p: Declamation III and Beginning Team Trivia

12:30-1:30p: Teachers' reception, German Department Lounge.

Parking

Please note: Because of the construction at the eastern end of campus, buses will have a NEW location for drop off. ALL VISITORS should read the transportation instructions found on the Resources page linked at the bottom of this page.

2019 Contest Results

Registration for German Day is CLOSED until 2020!

All German teachers from Missouri and Illinois are invited to our annual German Day.

Registration Form

German Day Activities

Children's Book Contest

Schools are allowed to submit up to five children's books per level, with there being two levels (I/II and III/IV). No more than two students may be credited for the work on each book. Teachers should ensure that all books are in good taste; the Department reserves the right not to display any that might violate the standards of the Washington University community.

Length:

Level I/II: 4-6 pages
Level III/IV: 7-10 pages

Please include the contest level, school, teacher's name, and student(s) name(s) on the inside of the front cover. Books will be judged by members of the German Department and the results of the contest will be available by the conclusion of German Day. Judges will be selecting winners based upon the following criteria: creativity, originality, overall aesthetic appearance, relation to the German Day theme, and good use of German language and culture.

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, if possible. These may be group prizes, rather than individual prizes, if more than one student worked on the book. The German Department will keep prize-winning books.

A sample judging sheet can be found on the German Day Resources link at the bottom of this page.

Declamation Contests I-IV

The Declamation Contest consists of four divisions:

  • Division I (first-year, up to three students per school)
  • Division II (second-year, up to three students per school)
  • Division III (third-sixth year and above, one student per school)
  • Division IV (third-sixth year and above, one student per school)

Students should choose and memorize one poem in the appropriate division from the list provided. Only one student per school may participate in Division III and one in Division IV. These students will recite a poem from memory in Graham Chapel. Participation in Divisions I and II is limited to three students per school in each division. First, second, and third prizes will be awarded in these two divisions. Students with native or near-native speaking ability should—according to AATG guidelines—participate in activities other than the declamation contests or spelling bees. NEW FOR 2019: declamation participants may not sing their selected poem. Singing will result in an automatic disqualification from the competition.

Guidelines and poems for Declamation can be found on the German Day Resources link at the bottom of this page.

Poster Contest

Schools are allowed to submit up to five posters, with up to five people contributing to each poster. All posters should have approximately the following format: 30” x 40”. Teachers should ensure that posters are in good taste. The German Department reserves the right not to display posters that might violate the standards of the Washington University community.

For each poster, prepare three 3x5 index cards which clearly indicate:

  • the name(s) of the creator(s)
  • the teacher’s name
  • the school’s name

The first card should be given to the activity coordinator when the poster is submitted. The second card should be securely attached to the lower front left corner of the poster. The third card should be affixed to the back of the poster. Posters will be judged by members of the German Department and the results of the contest will be available by the conclusion of German Day. Judges will be selecting winners based upon the following criteria: creativity, originality, overall aesthetic appearance, relation to the German Day theme, and good use of German language and culture.

First, second, and third prizes will be awarded, if possible. These may be group prizes, rather than individual prizes, if more than one student worked on the poster. The German Department will keep prize-winning books. A sample judging sheet can be found on the German Day Resources page linked at the bottom of this page.

Schnitzeljagd

Teams, which must consist of 3-5 students, will receive a list of questions in German (questionnaires will vary) about different places on campus. Prizes will be awarded to the team that answers the most questions correctly, in the shortest amount of time (the pickup time will be noted on each answer sheet). Teams will be able to deliver their results to a table at the final location and receive refreshments there. The starting point for the Schnitzeljagd is the German department office (Ridgley 319). 

Please see the general registration form to indicate the number of students from your school who will participate in this event.

For the 2019 Schnitzeljagd vocabulary list, please go to the German Day Resources link found at the bottom of this page.

 

Spelling Bee

For the rules, guidelines, and words for the spelling bees, please see the German Day Resources link at the bottom of this page.
 

Süßigkeiten Counting Contest

A container will be filled with Süßigkeiten and will be placed in the same location of the children's book and poster contests. Each student may submit one guess as to the number of candies in the container and the student guessing the exact number will be awarded the filled container. German department students supervising the activity will also keep the paper slips with guesses closest to the correct number in case no one guesses correctly. Again: students may guess only once.
 

Team Trivia

We will be doing this event again in 2019, with a few more guidelines in place. We are currently ironing out those details, though.

We are modeling this after the traditional American trivia night or "pub quiz," NOT like a Quiz Bowl. There will be no buzzers or anything like that. Teams of five students will compete and a moderator will read out a question. The team will have around a minute to confer and write a response for each question. Categories for this year are still being determined.

For guidelines and sample trivia questions, please visit the German Day Resources link at the bottom of this page.