We did it! After a couple of scheduling mishaps, the 3rd graders finally got their field trip to Casa Tua Bakery! This field trip added another real-life component to our economics unit, allowing the students to see first-hand what it takes to run a business.
The students took with them a graphic organizer to keep track of the economic ideas they will eventually write about in their non-fiction report about the bakery. As we moved through the bakery and listened to our tour guide, the students took notes about productive resources (mixers, walk-in ovens, bakers, flour), goods (bread, cookies, pastries), consumers (people who keep kosher, local restaurants, the JCC) and more. I was so impressed with their focus during the tour. They all took very valuable notes! Apparently I didn't get any pictures of them with their clipboards, but here they are waiting to wash their hands.
To internalize further some of the resources required to make baked goods, the students got to make goods of their own. The head baker taught them how to make cinnamon rolls!
The little bakers will bring home their creations, as well as some sweet bread samples, in their backpacks today.
Interested in hearing more about the trip? Here are some questions to ask your 3rd grader:
- What capital resources do they use at the bakery? What about natural resources?
- Did you see any evidence of scarcity?
- Where there any resources that saved the bakers a lot of time?
- Of all the goods you tried, which one was your favorite?
Little people, big minds.