Granby students learn economics by setting up “Free Market Fair”

Sixth-grade students at Granby Elementary recently learned about how a business operates during the school’s “Free Market Fair.” Kylie Ashline (standing) braids first- grader Morgan Fischel’s hair as part of a business enterprise.
Sixth-grade students at Granby Elementary recently learned about how a business operates during the school’s “Free Market Fair.” Kylie Ashline (standing) braids first- grader Morgan Fischel’s hair as part of a business enterprise.

Students in sixth grade at Granby Elementary celebrated the American economy with a “Free Market Fair.”

The fair was the culminating activity for a social studies unit on the economy, in which students studied capitalism and the Egyptian, Chinese, Indian and Medieval economies.

Students created merchandise demonstrating an understanding of supply and demand, business plans and profit margins.

Students designed posters to advertise their business, and some even took pre-orders the day before the event at the school’s first-ever sneak peak of merchandise. Students sold duct tape wallets, slime, rubber band bracelets, tie dye T-shirts, stress balls, scented Play-Doh and more. 

Some students donated their earnings to  Paulie Morley, a two-year-old from Hastings who is suffering from leukemia.

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