Span. 101 Lab 8 - La Subasta/The Auction - Novice Mid

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"La Subasta", Novice Mid


This activity will expose students to the types of currency from Spanish speaking countries. Students will purchase items through an "auction". Students will practice numbers in Spanish and will also use adjectives to describe items that they can sell and buy. Students will practice using vocabulary to persuade others to buy a product and make deals with others when purchasing the product. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid


Auction, money, bidding, paddles, win, buy, sell.

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 Students engage in conversations, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.
  • Standard 1.2 Students understand and interpret spoken and written Spanish on a variety of topics.
  • Standard 1.3 Students present information, concepts, and ideas in Spanish to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.

Idaho State World Language Standards:

  • COMM 1.1 - Interact and negotiate meaning (spoken, signed, written conversation) to share information, reactions, feelings, and opinions
  • COMM 2.1 - Understand, interpret, and analyze what is heard, read, or viewed on a variety of topics.
  • COMP 2.3 - Compare and contrast authentic materials from the target culture with the learner’s culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and understand how much something costs
  • I can talk about and describe a variety of objects
  • I can purchase and sell an object
  • I can identify, buy, and sell products from my own country and Spanish speaking countries

Materials Needed:

Funny Money

Auction Paddles

Auction Cards


Google Slideshow (Linked)

Would you like to make changes to the materials? Access the template(s) below:

- Funny Money (Canva Template, free account required)

- Auction Paddles (Canva Template, free account required)

- Auction Cards (Canva Template, free account required)


1. Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Do Statements. 

2. Explain to students what a "subasta" is in English. The slide provides three clues, so go over them with students so they can familiarize themselves with the descriptions. 

Nuestra actividad de hoy es una subasta. ¿Alguien sabe qué es una subasta? Voy a dar tres pistas. Las pistas ayudan a describir "subasta,"¿Qué es una pista en Inglés? ("Pista" is clue"). 

3. Tell the students: "We are going to have an auction! Every student is going to have money to buy and sell interesting things today."

Hoy vamos a tener una subasta! (auction), cada estudiante va a tener dinero para comprar y vender (gesture giving and receiving money) cosas muy interesantes!

4. Give the instruction cards and have them read over for two minutes.

Aquí están las instrucciones para la subasta. Tienen dos minutos para leerlas (gesture reading the card) y después vamos a hacer la subasta.

5. Go over what "vender" is before telling them the meaning in English. Try to describe it as best you can so that they can guess it on their own. This is just helpful for knowing that "vender" is to buy in Spanish. 

Antes de comenzar, vamos a repasar el verbo "vender." ¿Qué significa "vender?" Vender es cuando usas dinero para comprar comida o ropa.

Main Activity

1. Give each student the same amount of money (have them in plastic bags, counted out ahead of time. Tell them to count their money; everyone should have the same amount. 

(Cada uno de ustedes va a tener dinero para la subasta. Necesitan tener (escribir $1425 en la pizarra) $1425 (Mil cuatro cientos y veinte cinco dólares.)

2. Touch base with students and ask them once again what "to sell" is (in Spanish).

Ustedes van a tener unas cosas para vender. ¿Qué significa vender?

3. The other students will yell out prices they are willing to pay for an item until the amount gets too high and there is only one person left willing to bid that high.

El resto de los estudiantes van a gritar el precio que quieren pagar por la cosa hasta que el precio sea demasiado y hay solamente una persona que quiere pagar el precio. 

4.The person who wins the bid will hand their money to the person selling and the person selling will give them the item.

La persona que gana la oferta va a pagar el dinero al vendedor. El vendedor va a darle el objeto a la persona. (Model this “Soy el/la ganador(a) y voy a darle dinero a la persona que vende la cosa y él/ella va a recibir el dinero y me va a dar la tarjeta.)

5Then the next student will get the chance to sell an item. This will keep going until all items have been sold or time runs out.

Después, el próximo estudiante va a vender un objeto. Vamos a hacer esto hasta que todos vendan sus objetos.

6. Make sure you have enough time at the end to give the students a chance to put the things in the original bags with the same quantities.

Ahora, pongan el dinero en las bolsas, con la misma cantidad, ¡por favor!

    ***Give yourself a few extra minutes at the end to make sure all the money gets back in the bag. Don't try to do this yourself, ask the students to follow the key on the bag!***


Ask students the following questions to end the lab: 

  1. ¿Quieres comprar algunos de estos objetos en la vida real?
  2. En tu opinión, ¿Cuál es el objeto más caro?
  3. ¿Quieres ir a una subasta en la vida real?

End of lab:

• Read Can-Do statements once more and have students evaluate their confidence. 
(Use thumbs up/thumbs down or download our student cards.) 
• Encourage students to be honest in their self-evaluation.
• Pay attention, and try to use feedback for future labs!

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and understand how much something costs
  • I can talk about and describe a variety of objects
  • I can purchase and sell an object
  • I can identify, buy, and sell products from my own country and Spanish speaking countries

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