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

Students could be given pictures of each of the characters in this clip and a range of adjectives to describe their personalities. Students could play a game of Pairs to match the adjectives to the characters they describe. In some cases, more than one adjective may apply. Students could use these adjectives to describe themselves or classmates in an oral exercise.

This clip could also be used to revise weather and seasonal vocabulary. Students could present their own weather forecast, describing the weather when Clara was helping Frau Holle and when Agnes was helping her.

Students could retell or summarise the story in writing and check their stories using the English version. Were any parts of the story missed out? Were any parts misunderstood?

Note: An English version of this story is available with the title 'Frau Holle' (animation).