Clara lives with her stepmother and stepsister who treat her terribly. She cooks and cleans all day with little thanks. One day she drops something down the well and her stepmother throws her down the well to retrieve it. Instead she meets Frau Holle who invites her to stay in her house. When it's time to leave, Frau Holle gives her a fabulous golden dress. When the stepmother sees this, she decides to send her other daughter, Agnes, to see Frau Holle. Will she also get a golden dress for her efforts?

This clip is from:
German - Frau Holle
First broadcast:
23 January 2009

This clip could be used to introduce family vocabulary. Ask the children to talk about their families and give them the words in German.
'Frau Holle' originates from Germany. Ask the children about their favourite fairy tales and fairy tale characters - it is likely that a few of them originate from Germany such as Sleeping Beauty, Snow White or Cinderella. You could introduce the German titles of the fairy tales and characters and explain the meaning of the words.
Write down some characterisation words from the clip, eg 'gemein', 'hilfreich' or 'schön' on the board and ask the children to link them to the characters.