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What is Entrepreneurship?
Eighth graders describe the entrepreneurial process and how it relates to the economy. They work together in small groups to answer questions and participate in small business groups. They use the internet to gather information as well.
Entrepreneurs Should Keep Business Simple
Delve into the idea of small businesses and get reading to find out how they grow. THe class reads an article about Steve Gotty, a who made his small business grow and discuss the setbacks he faced. They also discuss ways for a company to overcome fear, government, and unproductive employees in the workplace.
Entrepreneurship: Will it Work?
Consider to possibility of starting a business as a way to examine the concept of entrepreneurship. Learners develop and analyze feasibility studies, marketing strategies, proposals, and local census data all needed when starting a small business.
Idiom Quizzes - Money
For this identifying meanings of idioms online/interactive worksheet, students choose idioms to replace the expressions in parentheses in sentences. Students choose 30 answers.
Students analyze the impact that e-commerce has in their community, as well as in small traditional communities that one might not expect to be part of the dot-com marketplace. They develop business plans for imagined businesses.
A New Business: Vinnie's Pizzeria and the Lessons of Supply and Demand
In this supply and demand learning exercise, students read about supply and demand and the impact these can have on a new business. They then answer the 9 questions in the packet. The answers are at the end of the packet.
Economics: Inventive Incentive
Students differentiate between positive and negative employee incentives and develop sets of them for an imaginary business. In pairs, they complete an interactive project for starting a business and supporting it with incentives. They exchange their business plans with other classmates and critique them.
JA Dollar Sense
Learners identify the role of money in everyday life. In this algebra lesson, students discuss the benefits of having a savings account. They practice making deposits and withdrawals from their bank accounts and discuss good financila choices.
So You Want Your Own Business!
Students research the pros and cons of owning a business. They apply the marketing strategies learned in class while developing a business plan. They present the plan to an audience to determine consumer needs for a specific business.
Exploring Small Retail Businesses
Students will be divided into teams of 3 or 4 depending on the size of your class. After surveying some of the small retail businesses in their community, each team will select one business, contact its owner or manager, introduce themselves and explain their proposed project. The teams will then interview on video the owner or manager about their business and gather information on various elements and processes in running that business.
Female Bosses Less Likely to Cut Health Benefits
Students explore the concept of health costs. In this health costs lesson, students read an article discussing how female bosses are less likely to cut health benefits. Students discuss why companies are eliminating health care benefits. Students discuss possible costs for entrepreneurs and label them as a female, male, or gender-neutral priority.
Office Design Project
For this business lesson, 10th graders conduct research to design and furnish a small business workspace. They hit the Internet and research how to fund the start-up costs for small businesses.
Students play a micro-finance game. in this global economy lesson, students play a game that assists them in concepts of micro-finance. Students will also watch a business development video and explore additional resources.
More Moms, Fewer Pops
Young scholars explore the concept of women entrepreneurs. In this women entrepreneurs lesson, students read an article about women opening their own businesses. Young scholars discuss factors influencing women to become entrepreneurs. Students conduct interviews with people who have a job in non-traditional role, for example a male nurse or female doctor.
Women Wanting to Work
High schoolers examine the role of women in business. In this video-bases lesson, students examine the social challenges women face in the workforce in the U.S., Israel and India .
The Business of Credit
Learn about credit ratings and how it plays a role in the function of small businesses. Learners use their knowledge of good and bad credit to role play and determine good credit vs. bad credit in the area of small businesses.
In this political spectrum worksheet, students list key ideologies under left, center, and right on a political spectrum, then identify parties that follow each ideology. Students are then given issues that they debate with classmates.
Students 'train their eyes' on photography while building memories for their family by creating and laying out the design of a family photo album. They take family photos and write about their value.
Service Projects in the Dominican Republic
Students examine the role of Peace Corps volunteers. In this service lesson, students investigate service projects that feature agriculture, small business, education, environmental education, and health concerns in the country. Students explore the effectiveness of each of the projects.
Students simulate owning and running a small business by playing Lemonade Stands. They play the game for three weeks, then work with a partner to produce a Power Point presentation which would be given to a Board of Directors showing profit/loss.