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Schools Program

Wednesday, October 2nd & Thursday, October 3rd, 2019

Concordia Club of Kitchener 

This October, we will present the 9th annual “K-W Oktoberfest Inc. Schools Program: German Heritage and Identity” – an authentic learning experience for Grade 6 classes that is entertaining, engaging, and educational. This new program is an interactive half-day event where Grade 6 students are able to experience and explore Gemütlichkeit and the cultural sights, sounds, and tastes of Oktoberfest while connecting the festival’s origin to the history of Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest and the immigration of German people to Waterloo Region.

This year, the Schools Program will run over two days – Wednesday, October 2nd, 2019 and Thursday, October 3rd, 2019. Students will be welcomed at the Concordia Club of Kitchener, one of the five German cultural clubs in the region, for a free half-day event. We will offer up an authentic German heritage program, which teachers can continue back in their classrooms.

Musical Performance

Students will experience German music demonstrated through song, traditional cowbells, and the alphorn. They will learn how music plays an important role in 

German culture and be introduced to the history of Oktoberfest.


“Deutsche Schule” – German Language lessons and Polka lessons

Students will be introduced to common German words and phrases and use them in a conversational activity. They will also learn specific movements to various cultural dances, such as the polka.


Oktoberfest History and the influence of German culture in Waterloo County.

Students will hear a short presentation about the contributions of the German immigrants in Waterloo County and participate in a team activity to test their knowledge.

Bavarian Nutrition Break Sponsored by Grainharvest Breadhouse

Students will enjoy a pretzel and a refreshing drink.



If you are having trouble with the registration form, please contact teresam@oktoberfest.ca.

In Your Grade 6 Classroom 

The Schools Program is accompanied by a cross-curricular unit plan that covers expectations found in the grade 6 Ontario Curriculum including samples, links and a rubric. Click links to view each subject individually or click the link at the bottom to download all subjects.


Click the link to download all Grade 6 unit plans. 


Students will become familiar with the story of the first Oktoberfest in Bavaria, Germany. They will then write about about their own impression of multiculturalism in Canada after sharing ideas as a group. Finally, the students will examine advertisements to identify their purpose and audience.

Revised version of the Social Studies curriculum, which focuses heavily on heritage and Canadian identity. It is structured in such a way that activities can be used individually or as a unit, complete with an engaging summative assignment. 
Students will have the opportunity to construct a maypole and use it to create an authentic Bavarian dance. Students will also learn a traditional song and reflect on its effect in society. 
Students will create an advertisement, using the media of their choice, attempting to persuade other students to attend Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest festivities. They will then reflect on their advertisement.

Not a Grade 6 Teacher but want to get your school involved? 

All Grades Can Enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest! We provide, a package to all schools containing interactive Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest worksheets and colouring pages that can be used in the classroom, to ensure students of all grades can enjoy Kitchener-Waterloo Oktoberfest even if they are not able to participate in the half-day Schools Program event. 

Click to download the education package for all grades.



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