This year’s Market Day Project-Based Learning Unit was more student-driven and collaborative than ever before! All students worked with partners to formulate business plans and design and manufacture products to sell in our classroom marketplace. They also created storefront posters and product advertisements that included pricing.
Today marked the public exhibition of the unit – opening the marketplace to 3rd grade students, parents, and THES teachers/staff!
Here are a few examples of the products our creative students sold today:
- paper boats and airplanes
- shell statues/sculptures
- rings and bracelets
- picture frames
- mini bows and arrows
- peanut butter and jelly sandwiches
- glow-in-the-dark bookmarks
- origami poems
While operating their stores, students actively participated in financial literacy lessons by tracking sales, counting money, and giving change. As customers, they gained experience in budgeting and tracking expenses.
During the course of the unit, students also learned about persuasive techniques used to attract customers. As a a last step prior to opening the marketplace, students created “TV” commercials for their products!