Spanish Level 1, Activity 08: La Subasta / The Auction (Online)

Spanish Level 1, Activity 08: La Subasta / The Auction (Online)

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Activity Instructions

Activity Title (in your target language)

"La Subasta!"


This activity is to expose students to other types of currency in Spanish speaking countries. Students will practice the numbers in Spanish and will use adjectives to describe items that they can sell and buy.

Proficiency Level:

Novice Mid-Novice High


Spanish, Novice, World Languages, Shopping, Numbers, Cost

World-Readiness Standards:

Idaho Content Standards for World Languages:

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 objects.
  • I can identify, buy, and sell products from my own country and Spanish speaking countries.

Materials Needed:

Google Slideshow 


  • Begin by opening the Google Slideshow and introducing the Can-Do Statements.
  • 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").
  • Tell the students: "We are going to have an auction! You will have the opportunity to buy and sell interesting things today."
    • Hoy vamos a tener una subasta! (auction), cada estudiante va a tener objetos para comprar y vender (gesture giving and receiving money) cosas muy interesantes!
  • 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.
  • Have the students read over the instruction card for two minutes.
    • Tienen dos minutos para leer la tarjeta de instrucciones y después vamos a hacer la subasta.

Main Activity

  • The auction will have 3 rounds. During each round, each student will be responsible for buying AT LEAST ONE item.
    • La “subasta” tendrá 3 rondas. Durante cada ronda, cada estudiante tiene que comprar como mínimo una cosa.
  • Touch base with students and ask them once again what “to sell” is (in Spanish)
    • Ustedes van a tener cosas para vender. ¿Qué significa vender?
  • A student will start describing the item and then 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.
    • Un estudiante empieza a describir  el objeto y 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.
  • The person who wins the bid will go next and have a chance to sell an item. This will keep going until all items have been sold or time runs out.
    • La persona que gana la oferta empezará a vender otro objeto. Vamos hacer esto hasta que todos vendan sus objetos.
  • In order to receive credit for the lab today, you must participate.

*** If you have a lab with two students, make sure you also play!


  • ¿Quieres comprar algunas de estas cosas en la vida real?
  • En tu opinión ¿Cuál es el objeto más caro?
  • ¿Quieres ir a la subasta en la vida real? 

End of lab:

  • 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 talk about and describe a variety of objects
  • I can purchase and sell objects.
  • I can identify, buy, and sell products from my own country and Spanish speaking countries.