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Kid-friendly goods, services wrap up economics unit


The Brown Elementary School gymnasium was lined with second-grade vendors peddling their wares during a recent Marketplace Day.

Students from teachers Megan Wallen, Jessie Funk, Erin Toole and Sydney Hugen’s classes applied their knowledge on economics learned in a social studies unit. They created their own mini-businesses specializing in marketing goods and services.

Students produced and sold baked goods, slime, flower pens and other kid-friendly items, teachers said. They also offered services: fingernail painting, telling jokes and leading carnival games. After earning classroom money all school year, they spent it on goods and services and used math skills to add dollar amounts and make change for shoppers.

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Erin Albanese
Erin Albanese is associate managing editor and reporter, covering Byron Center, Kentwood, Wyoming and Grand Rapids Community College. She was one of the original SNN staff writers, helping launch the site in 2013 and enjoys fulfilling the mission of sharing the stories of public education. She has worked as a journalist in the Grand Rapids area since 2000. A graduate of Central Michigan University, she has written for The Grand Rapids Press, Advance Newspapers, On-the-Town Magazine and Group Tour Media. Read Erin's full bio

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