A used car lot (with matchbox cars), a hair salon and homemade ice cream were a few of the items second-grade students at River City Scholars Charter Academy sold during their annual marketplace event.
The month prior to the Market Day, the class studied the economy, including supply and demand, and terms like “goods and services.”
The students then brainstormed ideas for their own businesses in class and perfected them at home.
On Market Day the students bring their own store signs, set their prices for their goods and each second-grade classroom is set up as a marketplace.
“The students were adorable had some impressive sales techniques,” said Holly Hillary, principal of River City.
The second-grade classes took turns going through the other second grade classes. They used the fake money they had earned through incentives in class.
Scholars in other grades at River City took turns going through the marketplaces.
“Scholars get very into their projects and have come up with some really great ideas for their stores,” said Hillary. “It's fun to watch the scholars selling and all the parents who come up to support them!
“Marketplace has been a huge success for second grade, a project everyone looks forward to!”