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First-grade students hold trade show at Jefferson Elementary

Updated: May. 1, 2019 at 3:02 PM CDT
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CAPE GIRARDEAU, MO (KFVS) - First-grade students at Jefferson Elementary held a trade show at their Market Day event at in Cape Girardeau.

The students invited the public to the school for the trade show event where they were selling a variety of items and services.

The items were crafted by the students which include baked cookies, magnets, bookmarks and more.

Other students focused on selling their services including hair care and massages.

Jefferson Elementary First Grade Teacher Mara Uhls said this was all part of a six-week project based learning program focusing on teaching students on how to make money for their classrooms.

“They learned money, which is a first-grade standard, counting up to a dollar. So we did that and a little bit more because some things were worth more than a dollar,” Uhls explained. “Then we talked about visual tools. They made posters, videos and advertised for the trade show today.”

Uhls said this was a great hands-on project they learned from and leading up to a real world event.

"There's a lot of real life skills in this," Uhls mentioned. "They are having fun and doing fun stuff but it's really learning those real life skills of collaboration, working together and problem solving."

First-grade student Kylin Council invested his time into giving massages to paying customers. He said this experience is important in helping his educational growth and preparing for a real job in the future.

"I'm learning a lot of math and a lot of reading," Council said. "If I don't learn, I won't get a job when I grow up and I won't get a car."

Council’s classmate Leighann Smith felt her services better fit creating paper sun catchers. Smith has worked on developing and designing this products for weeks and said it’s important to help make funds for her classmates.

"We learn how to make them and it was important to me to learn that and help out the classroom," Leighann Smith said.

Uhls said students came up with the products and services to sell at the trade show. She also stated the kids also are to write a persuasive essay on what they want to spend the money on.

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