Fourth-graders create products for market

Fourth-graders create products for market
Posted on 06/24/2019
Desks transformed into stores and market stands. Students became shop-owners and entrepreneurs. Customers flocked to check out the wares.

For part of an afternoon in the last week of school, the fourth-grade classrooms at Shadow Lake Elementary morphed into a marketplace as students learned about creating a product, pricing it and presenting it to customers. It’s evident from the excitement in the students’ voices and the expressions on their faces that they’ve been eagerly awaiting this day.

“The kids make a product at home to sell at school with pretend money,” teacher Susan Moffett explained. Students are not allowed to use more than $10 to make their products. They can package it and advertise it on signs at their “shop” on market day. “I think it is a pretty neat thing to do. I love the kids’ energy on Market days,” Moffett added.

Taking turns, the students are allowed to shop at each other’s stands, along with staff and parents who visit. Creativity abounds. The products range from many sweet treats to scrunchies, pillows, artwork, slime, playdough, jewelry, hair clips and homemade dog treats.

At his “Brownie City” booth in Moffett’s classroom, Tyler Y. was selling brownies with a variety of toppings for $5 in market bucks. Asked how he decided on his price point, Tyler said, “They shouldn’t be that much, but they shouldn’t be like $2.”

An adjacent salesman, Blaise W., was sold out nearly immediately. He made 18 individual-sized slimes for his “Slimetastic Slime” booth, and had some requests to reserve product from classmates.

Nearby in Sara Spangler’s classroom, products included homemade bouncy balls, painted lucky rocks and “make-your-own bracelet” kits. Spangler said the project helps her students remember that planning is important and production is difficult if they wait until the last moment.

Fourth-grade entrepreneur Gavin K. said he learned that lesson the hard way and was up late baking double-chocolate chip cookies for his booth, “Crown’s Cookies.”

Before the start of the marketplace, Maple Valley Farmers Market President Larry Baumgart visited to talk with the fourth-graders about the market’s Young Entrepreneur Program. The program allows young entrepreneurs to host a booth for $10 per Saturday, if space is available. Baumgart also shared about how to successfully talk about their products, and fielded questions about farmers and the market at large. Students asked whether the market sells onions and bananas, for additional details about market set-up, and more.

The June Shadow Lake fourth-grade market was the second event of the season; students hosted a similar marketplace before winter break. Some teachers allow their students to earn market bucks by doing a job in the classroom throughout the year. The fourth-graders also invite their kindergarten and first-grade buddies to shop for one item each (for free).

As some students sold out of their product, or decided to shop the market themselves, they headed off to spend their hard-earned market bucks at their classmates’ booths. But first, they paused, and moved their handmade signs from “open” to “closed.”
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