Spanish Level 2, Activity 02: Vamos de Compras / Let’s go shopping (Face-to-Face)

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Vamos de Compras- Novice High


In this activity, students will practice identifying where they can buy certain items. Students will also work on asking a partner what their likes are and use these characteristics to come up with a potential gift for them. Students will learn how to identify preferences, express opinions about items and seek places to purchase items as well. 

Proficiency Level:

Novice High


Favorite, conversation, ask, question, objects, store, gift, price

Relevant ACTFL 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.”

Relevant 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.
  • COMM 3.1 - Present information, concepts, and ideas to inform, explain, persuade, and narrate on a variety of topics using appropriate media in the target language.

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can select a gift based on someone's likes and interests. 
  • I can exchange preferences about which stores, sports, and other interests I like. 
  • I can interact with a partner to find out their favorite things. 

Materials Needed:

  • White boards
  • Markers

Google Slideshow (linked)

Object cards

Download: Object

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

- Object Cards (Canva Template, free account required) 


1. Begin by introducing the Can-Dos for today’s activity and distributing one object card to each student. 

“Hoy, vamos a practicar como comprar objetos y cómo preguntarle a otra persona sus gustos." 

2.  Hand out one of the object cards to each pair of students and explain:

“Necesitan hablar sobre el objeto en la tarjeta y decidir lo siguiente....” 

1. ¿Cuáles tiendas venden este tipo de objeto?
2. ¿Cuál es el precio "típico" del objeto?
3. ¿Qué tipo de persona quiere este objeto como regalo? (por ejemplo: una madre, un chico, un estudiante, un trabajador)

3. The students will then report back to the group with information they have agreed upon

Main Activity

1. Project the slide "entrevista" to the students. Have the students quickly jot the answers to these items on a whiteboard (writing them on the board will be helpful for them to answer)
a. tienda favorita
b. temporada favorita
c. deporte o actividad favorita
d. color favorito
e. comida favorita
f. su personalidad en una palabra- amable, serio, simpático, chistoso, etc.

2. The students will pretend to go shopping for their partner:

Have them get into pairs and they will take turns explaining what presents/gifts they will buy their partner and explain why (keeping in mind their favorite things ). Have them practice ir + infinitive (voy a comprarte ...) . They will also explain what stores they will visit to buy the gifts and what price this item is typically sold for. 

3. After they are done, they will switch partners and repeat the previous steps.

4. Tell your students 

“Necesitan comprar por lo menos 3 regalos para el grupo.”


Ask students questions to finish the lab: 

1. ¿Cuál fue el regalo...
-más creativo?
-más barato?
-más caro?
2. ¿Cuál es tu regalo favorito? (ask this to everyone)
3. ¿Cuál es un regalo que quieres recibir en el futuro?

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!

Relevant NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can select a gift based on someone's likes and interests. 
  • I can exchange preferences about which stores, sports, and other interests I like. 
  • I can interact with a partner to find out their favorite things. 

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