Students put two and two together, learn math skills at Math Market

Adding, subtracting, counting change, knowing the value of pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters – all part of first grade math curriculum at Sand Creek Elementary School.

Eli Boden checks his remaining budget to make sure he can buy a sticky hand after he’d already purchased a sport notebook from the Math Market. Behind him, United Educators Anoka-Hennepin Credit Union staff member Debby Gmitter offers Sophia Acord some change after the first-grader purchased a notebook and a plastic snake from the market. Photo by Sue Austreng

Eli Boden checks his remaining budget to make sure he can buy a sticky hand after he’d already purchased a sport notebook from the Math Market. Behind him, United Educators Anoka-Hennepin Credit Union staff member Debby Gmitter offers Sophia Acord some change after the first-grader purchased a notebook and a plastic snake from the market. Photo by Sue Austreng

In order to reinforce and practice those lessons in a real life scenario, first grade teacher Mary Kay Ortler partnered with the United Educators Anoka Hennepin Credit Union and set up shop outside Room 109.

With coins in hand, students perused the selection of jump ropes, notebooks, coin purses, and toys for sale at the Math Market.

Then the first-graders checked the prices, calculated the cost and purchased what they knew they could afford – and they could only get change back if they told the cashier (a credit union staff member) the correct amount due them.

“This is part of our math curriculum and it fits perfectly,” said Ortler, adding that the credit union donated money to buy the items to offer for sale in the Math Market.

“This is really a good fit. It’s about money and the kids love it. They really are learning a lot,” said  Terry Weber, membership development director at the credit union, located on Robinson Drive in Coon Rapids.

Sue Austreng is at sue.austreng@ecm-inc.com

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