Grade 4 How We Organise Ourselves…Market Day!
As part of their Unit of Inquiry, “How we organise ourselves” the grade four students got to learn about all the different aspects of starting up their own small business. Groups were formed at the beginning of the unit, based on the International Child’s Right that they felt passionate about. Throughout the unit the students learned about different market forces, such as supply and demand, wants versus needs and profit and loss. As they were learning about these concepts they were continually developing their own business plan. It was a unit that required the students to use their group work skills as they cooperated and compromised with their business partners. Once their business proposal was approved by the “Grade Four Chamber of Commerce” the students then set to work at preparing their goods or services to sell. On June 6th, 2017, the Grade 4 Market was open for business. Students from across the elementary school came and purchased a range of goods from frozen popsicles to rice krispies or they played games that varied from virtual reality rides to mazes. Apart from the extreme heat (that saw the slushee and popsicle stands do a roaring trade) the market was a huge success and the students raised a total of 18,159,000 VND!
After calculating their profits, business groups made their final decision together as a team. Together they researched the different UNIS Service Learning Projects that directly related to their selected Child Right. As a group, they decided what Service Learning Project they would like to donate their business earnings to. The donations that Grade 4 2016/17 made were:
Habitat For Humanity = 2,428,000vnd
Heartbeat = 1,146,000vnd
Chuc Son Orphanage = 5,161,000vnd
Operation Smile = 1,062,000vnd
Room To Read = 1,742,000vnd
Blue Dragon = 5,866,000vnd
KOTO = 386,000vnd
Swim For Life = 368,000vnd
We are very proud of the learning that the students displayed throughout the unit and were so happy to see the satisfaction that they felt when they realised how much they were able to help Vietnamese children who are less fortunate than themselves.