Blake Simmerman, Amber Hoye
Languages, World Cultures, Language Education (ESL)
Material Type:
High School, Community College / Lower Division
  • Auction
  • Buy
  • Cost
  • Items
  • Japanese
  • Money
  • Sell
  • Shopping
  • Yen
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    English, Japanese

    Japanese 102 - Lab 07 (オークション/ Auction)


    Students will be introduced to Japanese currency via pictures and asked to say how much each is in Japanese. Then students will take part in an auction. Each student will receive at least one item that they will need to describe to the group. The rest of the group will then bid on the item using the fake money they have.

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can ask and understand how much something costs.
      • 私はいくらかわかります。
    • I can describe a variety of objects.
      • 私は色々な物を説明できます。
    • I can purchase and sell an object. 
      • 私は買いたり、売りたりできます。

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    Activity Instructions

    オークション | Auction

    Proficiency Level: 

    Novice Low

    AATJ Standards for Learning Japanese:

    • “Standard 1.1: Students engage in conversation, provide and obtain information, express feelings and emotions, and exchange opinions.”

    • “Standard 1.3: Students present information, concepts, and ideas to an audience of listeners or readers on a variety of topics.”

    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.”

    NCSSFL-ACTFL Can-Do Statements:

    • I can ask and understand how much something costs.

      • 私はいくらかわかります。

    • I can describe a variety of objects.

      • 私は色々な物を説明できます。

    • I can purchase and sell an object. 

      • 私は買いたり、売りたりできます。

    Materials Needed:

    Funny Money (In bag with game supplies) PRINTED 

    Students should receive a total of: 5yellow, 5 grey,5blue, 4purple,5green, 5pink,2orange for a  total of 52800円。

    Auction Cards  

    Auction Paddles  (Paddles in Spanish)


    Google Slideshow 


    1. Tell the students: We are going to have an auction! 
      • 「今日はオークションがあります!」
    2. Give the instruction cards and have them read over for two minutes.
      • 「それはオークションの説明書です(instructions)。説明書を読んで、3分でオークションを始めます。質問があったら、聞いてください。」

    Main Activity

    1. Give each student the same amount of money (they will be in plastic bags, counted already). 
      • 「はい、これからお金を渡します!」
    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  cheaper items)
      • 「これは今日のオークションアイテムです。」
    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. 
      • 「これから、グループでオークションをします。自分が持っているアイテムの一つを選んで、それからみんなに説明してください。売るために、いいポイントについて話してください。」
    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. 
      • 「勝った人は、お金を払ってください。」
    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 things in the original bags with the same quantities.
      • *** If you have a lab with two students, make sure you also play! ***
      • ***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!


    1. Ask the students which item was the best and why. 
    •  アイテムの中で、何が一番いいと思いますか。

    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!