Students at Queen’s Grant Community School have
already learned the basics of business – and three years ahead of entering
middle school at that.
Over the past few weeks, eighty-three
third-graders learned how to make, market, and sell rice crispy treats, Dippin’
Dots, cookies, and cupcakes. The economics unit that conducted this project concluded it with a “store” of
student items on April 5.
Sixth-graders who had already gone through the
class mentored the third-graders on how to select their products, purchase
ingredients, set a budget, and market their items. The third-grade students
also talked with local community business leaders and gained their advice.
On the day of the Economics Fair, business owners
in the community came by to shop and give guidance. Two speakers shared how to
promote a business and appeal to different types of shoppers.
In addition to all the food items the students
sold, there were also Popsicle stick airplanes, bookmarks, pillows, pencil toppers,
galaxy goo, and key chains. And, each grade at the school had a chance to stop
in and purchase items or play games such as Bottle Flip Challenge, Slime
Catapults, and Football toss.
Students did a great job selling their products!