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Innovation in Teaching Competition - Beyond the Textbook

Market Day

Amanda Miliner
Miller Elementary School
Houston County Schools

Grade Level and Content Area

4th Grade
Social Studies, Mathematics, and English Language Arts


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.

Standards Addressed

Social Studies
SS.4.E.1 a, b

M.5.NBT.7; M.4.NBT.4

English Language Arts
ELA.4.SL.1; ELA.4.W.1

Available Materials

Unit Introduction
Daily Lesson Plans
Business Portfolio Checklist
Market Day Planning Packet
Market Day Closing Activity Sheet
Group Member Rating Score Sheet
Individual Group Member Rating Rubric
Economics Resources

Video of Unit

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About the Teacher

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.

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Disclaimer: The unit plans and materials on the Innovation in Teaching Competition website are aligned with Georgia’s standards through December 2014. English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics standards have been revised. The revised standards were approved by the State Board of Education on January 15, 2015. The revised ELA and Mathematics standards were renamed from the CCGPS to the Georgia Standards of Excellence (GSE).

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