Flea Market 2.0

By Jenna Richter | May 3, 2016 | Mathematics, Project Work

While doing an activity once has value, revisiting an activity has a multitude of benefits.  Our first flea market was a big success for the students, they planned, learned about coin denominations, practiced making change, predicted what prices would work to sell their wares and then evaluated their efforts.  In giving the students a second opportunity to have a flea market, they could learn from their experience, look at how others were successful and come up with new ideas for items their classmates might like to purchase.

Last time, we had a variety of toys and this time we brainstormed ideas for other things to sell.  We decided some baked goods might go well.    Louie diversified her shop selling some edible and non-edible items.

 

Louie sold iced tea, muffins, band-aids and pokemon cards.
Louie sold iced tea, muffins, band-aids and pokemon cards.

 

Audrey made blueberry muffins and sold every last muffin she brought.

 

Audrey priced her muffins at $.50 or two for a dollar.
Audrey priced her muffins at $.50 or two for a dollar.

 

Emmett brought a collection of legos, marbles and bouncy balls based on his success from the last market.

Lego figures and animals are always best sellers.
Lego figures and animals are always best sellers.

 

Before and after the market, students counted their money.  Here’s how it came out:

Boden $6.00/0

Louie $2.44/$.18

Harlow $3.42/$1.53

Audrey $4.37/$2.77

Emmett $5.44/$13

Emmett and I worked together to count his money.  We worked on division and multiplication as we tallied his profits.  This time he bought more items at the flea market, a total of eight muffins so he could share dessert with his family as well as Louie’s iced tea.

 

Emmett counted quarters then multiplied the number of quarters by 25 for his total. He counted the nickel total by 5's and then I had him divide the total to get the number of coins.
Emmett counted quarters then multiplied the number of quarters by 25 for his total. He counted the nickel total by 5’s and then I had him divide the total to get the number of coins and tell me how he could make the same number out of different coins.

 

The next day, I had Emmett write a “How to Have a Successful Flea Market” instructional composition.

 

“Today, I will be telling you how to have a successful flea market.

-First, you gather up the stuff you want to sell.

-Note, you should study your classmates interest in toys so you know what to bring.

-Try to get to school first so you get the first pick on the table you want.

-You also have to make a sign.  Make your sign as interesting as you can.

-Bring your wallet to buy stuff too.

-You will also get money from selling stuff.”

We will have our final flea market for the year on Thursday June 2nd when we have some of next years new students coming for a visit.