Huddleston Mini-Society makes social studies memorable

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Huddleston Elementary learns about the real world with the Grade 3 Mini-Society Project.

Third-grade students participate in the social studies unit Mini-Society, a hands-on economic study where they create their own society, design and use currency, and open and operate businesses. The experience helps students better understand the entrepreneurial system, economics, government, law, mathematics, and ethics. In addition, they work cooperatively to try to solve the many problems that arise in any society.

A key part of the project is applying for jobs and participating in job interviews. Linked to learning a variety of economic and civic concepts through hands-on experiences, students are interviewed by a select group of 4th graders who participated last year.

Teacher Kari Boyle enjoys seeing students practice real-world skills.

“Students work on their speaking and listening skills from our ELA standards, as well as real-life skills such as preparing for an important event and building confidence,” said Boyle. “Interviewing is an experiential way to learn about connectedness, scarcity, and opportunity cost.”

– Provided by Fayette County School System.

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