1. This packet contains enough market slips for 8 students. To accommodate more, print multiples and distribute. I recommend printing one role (comprador/vendedor) on paper with one color and the other role on another color of paper so students can visually see who they should be working with.
2. I recommend talking to students about the traditions of open air markets. You can easily show them some pictures from famous markets. Here’s an article on open-air markets to help you prepare for the discussion, and here is an article on the top open-air markets around the world.
3. Half of the students will be shoppers (compradores) and half will be vendors (vendedores). Each will use their phrase box to have a conversation with each other. Shoppers will initiate conversation, asking “¿Cuánto cuesta _____” and a fruit or vegetable on their shopping list. The vendors will respond with either “Si, tengo _____” if they have the item, or “No, no tengo _______” if they do not have the fruit or vegetable desired. If they do not make a match at first, they should be reminded to ask about the other items on their shopping list before leaving to find a new vendor.
If a match is made, the shopper should then ask the price using “¿Cuánto cuesta?” The vendor will respond with “Cuesta __ dólares.” When a sale is made, the shopper will write the price of the fruit or vegetable on the line on their list and the vendor will put a tally mark so show that they sold one of the that item. Continue the activity until all shoppers have purchased all the items on their list or until you run out of time. ☺
My students love this activity! They even make their own versions of it and play at home.