Fourth graders Create Businesses to Learn about EconomicsRunning a business takes much organization, collaboration, critical thinking, time-management, and creativity. Under the direction of Anna Napier, Kelly Duplantis, and Amy Billeaudeaux, Ascension fourth graders learned how much work is involved!
While studying a unit on economics, teachers tasked students with selling a product to their peers during recess. As a class, students collaborated to decide what to sell. Teachers then grouped students in one of four roles: finance, sales, production, and advertising. For their business, students decided what supplies they needed. The young entrepreneurs researched their costs on Walmart.com, applied for loans to cover the expenses, set price points, and made commercials and flyers using various apps. Ultimately, "Hyper Hot Chocolate" sold hot chocolate with toppings like marshmallows and peppermints. "Make & Bake Cookies and Milk" tempted students with a variety of home-made cookies and cups of milk. And "Happy Krispies" made mouths water with Rice Krispies treats.
With the goal of raising money for Miles Perrett Cancer Services, students were highly motivated to succeed. Sydney Lafluer commented, "The important thing is that it wasn't a competition between the other classes. It's that we made money for Miles Perrett." All three 4th grade classes sold out of their products, raising a total of $302.13!
Thank you, teachers, for organizing this fantastic learning opportunity for your students each year. Congratulations to the 4th-grade class for their hard work and positive attitude to support the Miles Perrett Center and its cause!