Auction, ASL, Intermediate Mid

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In this activity, students will continue practicing their fingerspelling as a warm up. Students will then play an auction game to familiarize them with products and numbers. 

Proficiency Level:

Intermediate Mid


Auction, Conversation, Numbers, Persuasion

World-Readiness Standards:

  • Standard 1.1 - Students engage in conversations and correspondence in American Sign Language to provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions
  • Standard 1.2 - Students comprehend and interpret live and recorded American Sign Language on a variety of topics
  • Standard 1.3 - Students present information, concepts, and ideas in American Sign Language to an audience of viewers on a variety of topics
  • Standard 2.1 Students demonstrate an understanding of the relationship between the practices and perspectives of American Deaf culture

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

  • 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
  • CLTR 1.1: Analyze the cultural practices/patterns of behavior accepted as the societal norm in the target culture.
  • CLTR 1.3: Function appropriately in diverse contexts within the target culture.

NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

  • I can ask and understand how much something costs
  • I can describe objects in a persuasive way
  • I can talk about familiar items that I encounter in everyday life

Materials Needed:

Auction Paddles

Fake Money

Auction Items


1. To continue practicing fingerspelling begin with a discussion on how different people can sign differently and we become comfortable when familiar with how individuals sign. 

2. Today we are going to watch two different videos that have two different people signing names. 

3. Start the video and using a piece of paper students will write down what they see being fingerspelled 

4. After each of the videos, discuss any differences they saw 

Main Activity

1. Give each student the same amount of money (they will be in plastic bags, counted already).

a. Students should receive a total of: 10 reds, 5 teals, 6 yellows, 3 greens, 3 purples, 5 oranges, 1 pink

b. Total of $1,425

2. They will also get an equal amount of items to auction off (try and make sure there is an equal distribution of expensive and non cheaper items)

3. Students will go in a circle one at a time to try and sell their item. They will begin with a description of their item that will try and get the other students to want to buy it.

4.  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.

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

6. Then 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.

7. Make sure you have enough time at the end to give the students a chance to put the original


1. Do you want to buy some of the items in real life?

2. In your opinion is there anything expensive?

3. Have you ever gone to an auction in real life?

End of lab:

Can-Do statement check-in... “Where are we?”

  • Read can-do statements and have students evaluate their confidence with 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 describe objects in a persuasive way
  • I can talk about familiar items that I encounter in everyday life

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