STANDARDS

CCSS: 3.MD.B.4, 4.MD.B.4, 5.MD.B.2; MP2, MP5, MP6

TEKS: 3.7A, 3.8A, 4.9A, 4.9B, 5.9A, 5.9C


Candle-Creating Kid

Asia Newson has run her own candle-making business since she was 5!

COURTESY ASIA NEWSON/SUPER BUSINESS GIRL

Asia Newson, also known as Super Business Girl, sells several thousand candles per year.

When Asia Newson was just 5 years old, her big dreams already burned brightly. That’s when she started her own successful candle-making business! Known as Super Business Girl, Asia now travels around the world giving speeches to inspire other aspiring young entrepreneurs.

Her journey started 10 years ago in Asia’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Asia’s dad sold candles, and he often brought her along when he went to work. “He inspired me to sell my own candles,” Asia, who is now 15, says. “And my brother helps me make them.”

First, Asia and her brother melt some wax in a big pot. They add color. Then they add essential oils. These plant-based liquids are aromatic, which means they smell really good! After letting the wax cool a little, they pour some of it into a jar or mold that has a wick secured in it. Once the wax hardens, the candle is ready to be packaged and sold.

Asia and her brother make as many as 50 or 60 candles at a time. Most types of candles take only a few hours to make, but layered ones take longer. Asia has to wait for each layer of wax to dry before pouring the next layer into the mold. Her triple-layer signature candle—apple, mango, and cotton candy—takes almost 6 hours to make!

It’s worth the effort though. Asia sold $100,000 worth of candles last year. But for her, it’s about more than just making money.

With her earnings, she has bought coats and food for Detroit’s homeless population. She also helps at-risk youth in her community by showing them how to sell candles too. She sometimes even accepts trainees to teach them the business.

“I want to open my own school for young people so that they can learn to be entrepreneurs too and make their own money like I did,” Asia says. “I want them to go after their dreams and not let anything stop them, no matter what.”

When Asia Newson was just 5 years old, her big dreams already burned brightly. That’s when she started her own successful candle-making business! Now, she is known as Super Business Girl. Asia travels around the world. She gives speeches to inspire other aspiring young entrepreneurs.

Her journey started 10 years ago in Asia’s hometown of Detroit, Michigan. Asia’s dad sold candles. He often brought her along when he went to work. “He inspired me to sell my own candles,” says Asia. “And my brother helps me make them.”

Asia is now 15. First, she and her brother melt some wax. They use a big pot. Then they add color and essential oils. These plant-based liquids are aromatic. This means they smell really good! The candle makers let the wax cool a little. Then, they pour some of it into a jar or mold. It has a wick secured in it. Once the wax hardens, the candle is ready to be packaged and sold.

Asia and her brother make as many as 50 or 60 candles at a time. Most types of candles take only a few hours to make. The ones with colored layers take longer. Asia has to wait for each layer of wax to dry. Then she can pour the next layer into the mold. Her signature candle has three layers. The scents are apple, mango, and cotton candy. In total, it takes almost six hours to make!

It’s worth the effort though. Asia sold $100,000 worth of candles last year. But for her, it’s about more than just making money.

With her earnings, Asia has bought coats and food for Detroit’s homeless population. She also helps at-risk youth in her community. She shows them how to sell candles too. She sometimes even trains people to teach them the business.

“I want to open my own school for young people,” Asia says. “That’s so that they can learn to be entrepreneurs too and make their own money like I did. I want them to go after their dreams and not let anything stop them, no matter what.”

Use a ruler to measure the lengths of different wicks. Record the length of each wick on a piece of paper. Round to the nearest quarter inch.

Use a ruler to measure the lengths of different wicks. Record the length of each wick on a piece of paper. Round to the nearest quarter inch.

Create a line plot to display the data along a number line. Draw a number line. Then put a dot or an X above each number on the number line that corresponds to the length of each wick you measured.

Create a line plot to display the data along a number line. Draw a number line. Then put a dot or an X above each number on the number line that corresponds to the length of each wick you measured.

1. Which wick length was the most common?

2. How many wick lengths were greater than 4 inches?

3. How does your line plot compare with those of your classmates? Were their results the same as yours?

4. Is a line plot a good tool for displaying this type of data? Why or why not?

1. Which wick length was the most common?

2. How many wick lengths were greater than 4 inches?

3. How does your line plot compare with those of your classmates? Were their results the same as yours?

4. Is a line plot a good tool for displaying this type of data? Why or why not?

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