Christy McCoy 2015-2016
Econ and Me: Teaching Children the FUNdamentals of Money in the Real World
The students in my 3rd Grade ELA Classroom–through the use of Social Studies in Informational Reading-will become Young Entrepreneurs as they Develop their own Business and Marketing Strategies to sell a product or service that they create. Students only grasp information concretely when given real-world scenarios. This innovative, STEM and project-based learning activity will take students on a Real World Learning EDventure from the physical classroom to virtual classroom and on to the local community. Through application, students will learn the meaning of intensive Economic vocabulary. As students develop their business plans, they have to design a sign or logo with a quirky business name using Alliteration. They also have to create a catch phrase or jingle to go with their business, and then as they determine start-up cost, students have to decide upon the price of the item in order to make a profit. When all students have completed their projects, we will take them to our Community Market Day Event (Town Festival) where they earn “real money” to give back to their school. In one day, we earned around $800.00. Kids earning money–WOW!!