If you walked by the 3rd grade classroom today between 9:30 and 10:30, you may have been taken aback. Perhaps you heard experimental drumming or falsetto singing. Perhaps you saw a student dumping a cup of shredded paper on another student while a teacher stood filming the action. 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 salary, 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:
Checking out required math, writing, and patience!
The student-run small businesses were by far the most exciting aspect of the market. Hover over each picture to read about their businesses!
While the fun part is over, we are not yet done with today's market experience. The buyers and sellers will get a chance to reflect on our first market. They will think about ways to attract more customers to their businesses, and give me feedback about what items they would like to see more of at the booths. We also need lots of 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.