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Mrs. Wiggins
Grades 3-5
More than a third of students from low‑income households
  • 5 donors
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Economics of Inventive Thinking

My students need 27 copies of the "Invention of Hugo Cabret" by Brian Selznick as part of their multi-faceted study of inventive thinking, entrepreneurship, and economics.

My Students

Where would we be without inventive thinking? This book study will create an opportunity for my students to gain a sense of their own entrepreneurial spirit through evaluation of the characters in the book The Invention of Hugo Cabret.

My school is in a progressively growing rural community with total enrollment in pre-kindergarten through 5th grade of a little over 600 students.

The town population is approximately 66,881, with 17 elementary schools in the district. The diversity at our school comes from the economic levels with approximately 45% of our students receiving free and reduced lunches. I teach in a self-contained fifth grade class. I have twenty-eight students.

My Project

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick will be utilized as multi-faceted analysis for specific themes in economics and inventions. Through the study students will make the connections of how advancement of technology has changed the economy. Using the book, I will highlight the basic economic wants and needs of people. I will also help students recognize that choices have present and future consequences, opportunity cost, and factors of production. The book, The Invention of Hugo Cabret, is rich in these themes and is highly engaging to children. As a culminating project of this economic study my students will be encouraged to create their own toy (automaton) and develop a marketing technique to sell their invention. This will also connect to my science curriculum. This is a live learning event that I hope will develop a deep economic and science understanding for my students as they read an incredible book.

Igniting a vision in my students to become inventors, whether it be as a scientist, author, or entrepreneur, is priceless.

The broader impact could ripple for years as my students begin to determine what role they will play in our local, state, and US economy as consumers and producers. Through this literature study my students will get excited about economic as they learn important science concepts.

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Invention of Hugo Cabret, The • AKJ Books $18.24 27 $492.48

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This classroom project was brought to life by Walton Family Foundation and 4 other donors.

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