If you walked by the 3rd grade classroom today between 9:30 and 10:30, you may have been taken aback. Perhaps you heard knock knock jokes. Perhaps you saw students making objects out of clay or negotiating prices. Maybe you saw money being exchanged for jewelry and other goods. Whatever you saw, whatever you heard, it looked like fun. It was market day!
Market day is where our growing knowledge of economics comes to life! The students have prepared for this day by creating our class currency, earning their weekly salaries, creating business proposals to sell goods or services, and advertising for their businesses using posters, invitations, and word-of-mouth. Market day takes place on the first Friday of every month. More details about the creation of our mini-economy can be found here.
Let's take a look at the fun!
Here are some pictures of the students shopping at the various booths:
The student-run small businesses were by far the most exciting aspect of the market. Hover over each picture to read about their businesses!
After the commotion died down, the buyers and sellers got a chance to reflect on their first market experience. On their market reflection sheet, they wrote about ways to attract more customers to their businesses, and gave me feedback about what items they would like to see more of at the booths. We also took time to balance our accounts to make sure everyone kept track of how much they spent and earned. So far, everyone has put some money aside to save for the end of the year SUPER-market! Keep your eye out for items you may be able to donate to that or any other monthly market.
Little people, big minds.