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Snowman Sweets: A Poplin Tradition

First-grade students Cadence Smith and Damari Williams display their poster about Snowman sweets.

The annual tradition of Snowman Sweets has been in full swing at Poplin Elementary this month. First grade students have been learning about economics in Social Studies class. To go along with this unit, students have been making and selling “Snowman Sweets.” A Snowman Sweet is a candy gram that students can buy for their friends for only $0.25 each.

The unit began with students exploring how families have needs and wants. Students learned how jobs help people meet their needs and wants. Then it was time to put what students had learned into action with the Snowman Sweets project.

First students made signs and videos promoting their products to the whole school. The videos were shown on the morning television announcements. Ordering information was sent home and then orders were turned back in. Then first grade students worked as producers to make the Snowman Sweets. Next students had to organize the products for distribution. Finally, the products were ready and students in all grades enjoyed the Snowman Sweets!

By making the Snowman Sweets, students got a chance to experience what a job is and how to produce and sell a product. Michelle Ruby, a First-grade teacher, said, “What is impressive is all of the reading and writing was done by first graders.”

Written by: Michelle Ruby, First-Grade Teacher and Beth Medlin, Media Coordinator
Posted: Feb 08, 2013 by Beth Medlin

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