Reading and Writing to Succeed
A modern economy depends on a literate work force and consumers. MicroSociety provides a context that makes reading functional and fun. In the courtroom, legislature, marketplace and newsroom, reading and writing are essential skills which spell the difference between success and failure.
Math As a Survival Skill
Hundreds of transactions occur during “Micro” time each day. Students use arithmetic to buy and sell, create budgets, maintain checkbooks, pay back loans, analyze data, and calculate taxes. They apply geometry when measuring floor plans or making jewelry and algebra when developing financial reports and spreadsheets. Financial literacy transforms from lessons to survival skills.
Living Social Studies
MicroSociety turns social studies into a lesson in citizenship and government. Students form a Constitutional Convention, run for office and take their voting responsibilities seriously. They learn how government works in the legislature and debate social issues in town meetings. Coached by teachers, children learn to resolve conflicts, negotiate, persuade, and defend their actions in court.
Science in Action
Students constantly create and test their own theories in MicroSociety. Science lessons come to life when students design new storefronts,as well as when entrepreneurs use technology to invent or manufacture products for the marketplace. “Micro” government researchers apply principles of ecology to promote recycling campaigns and design gardens and write legislation awarding tax credits to student ventures that meet energy conservation goals.