In this integrated unit, students work in teams to create a business, purchase supplies, and sell products. As they develop their businesses, students explore how economic concepts have impacted consumers across time, as well as master mathematics and English language arts standards. The unit culminates in Market Day, where students present their businesses, sell their products to customers, calculate profits, and reflect on their experiences in an opinion paper.
Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade 4 topics and texts, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly.
Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
Fluently add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers using the standard algorithm.
Add, subtract, multiply, and divide decimals to hundredths, using concrete models or drawings and strategies based on place value, properties of operations, and/or the relationship between addition and subtraction; relate the strategy to a written method and explain the reasoning used.
Use the basic economic concepts of trade, opportunity cost, specialization, voluntary exchange, productivity, and price incentives to illustrate historical events.
About the Teacher
Miller Elementary School
Houston County Schools
Amanda Miliner is the 2015 Georgia Teacher of the Year and a fourth grade teacher at Miller Elementary School. Mrs. Miliner holds a bachelor’s degree in early childhood education from Valdosta State University, as well as a Master’s Degree in Curriculum and Instruction and a Specialist Degree in Teaching and Leading from Georgia Southwestern State University. In addition, Amanda has educational endorsements in science, teaching gifted education, and teaching English language learners. Her best piece of teaching advice is to create learning environments where students feel free to take risks and make mistakes.