Help me give my students items for our classroom store, including books, pens, rings, and treats.
Our sweet southern town is home to a small section of a rural school district with 4,400 students total. The town is committed to the education of their children and are very involved in the school community. The majority of students in our school district come from low-income households; the average income in our district is $19,000 a year. All of our students receive free breakfast and lunch daily.
My students come to school with a wide array of backgrounds and experiences, and they are loving and eager to learn.
However, many of our students come to school without basic classroom supplies, and budgets for materials are limited.
Many of my students do not understand what it is like to earn money and how to save it for items they want or need. With this project, students will learn the value of money through stories as well as through financial literacy lessons. Students will then be able to apply what they have learned with the development of a classroom store. Students who run the store will apply for their position, will earn a salary, and will work on a rotating schedule. By the end of the year, students have learned diverse economic concepts while participating in an economy that mimics activity in the real world. They have become responsible and well-informed consumers who make good decisions and are familiar with typical consumer behavior.
Many of my fourth graders do not receive and allowance or are taught about money management at home, these are crucial life skills that my students desperately need.
I am request various different items such as books, pens, rings, and treats. All of these items will be available within the classroom store where students can use their own school-money to make purchases. Students will be able to earn money throughout the day for good grades, completion of homework, good behavior, and following the classroom expectations during Specials.
During the last month of school, I allow students to sell goods they have created themselves. Students can choose what to make and sell in the class store. They need to determine an appropriate price based on the amount of money classmates are willing to pay. Students can also market their products by creating advertisements on poster board or even filming commercials.
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