Obeldobel Market arrives at JWPMS

Posted on September 27, 2016, in Academics

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Obeldobel Market opened its doors this year to James W. Parker Middle School students.

This functioning mock grocery store is part of an innovative learning project that is intended to engage learners with a variety of skill levels.

“Students have benefited because it allows them to practice the same skills they will use when shopping in a real super market,” said James W. Parker Middle School Life Skills teacher Tanis Plouse. “The students love the store and are fully engaged during this experience.”

Students complete worksheets that require them to use their grocery store list to find, price and purchase items. This new addition to the curriculum blends a variety of functional math and reading. For example, students utilize their writing and reading skills through preparing grocery lists and reading through circulars. Students utilize their math skills because their worksheets, which are differentiated to the different learning skill, involve adding, subtracting, multiplying and dividing with decimals to calculate tax, change due, percentage off and total.

This market was funded through one of the four 2015 William E. & Mary S. Smith MS Innovative Education Program Grants, which stems from former James W. Parker Middle School math teacher Bill Smith and his wife, Mary. These classroom grants provide middle school teachers with up to $500 for special projects/activities/enhancements. Through this grant, Plouse purchased a cash register, cash register tape, pens, printer paper, etc. The items in the store, such as detergent bottles, milk containers, cereal and tissue boxes, etc., were donated from JWPMS staff.