Part of Unit: Orientation
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Start the business studies curriculum unit by giving the students a chance to think about what business is, why businesses are started, and what their personal thoughts are about business.
- 1 Class Block
- 110 Minutes
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
- ELA.8.W.2.1b Write biographies, autobiographies, short stories, or narratives that reveal the...
- ELA.9-10.R.CAGT.2.5 Extend ideas presented in primary or secondary sources through original analysis...3
California Standards for the Teaching Profession
- SFASASIL.C. help students to connect classroom learning to their life experiences and cultur...
- SFASASIL.C. build on students' comments and questions during a lesson to extend their unders...
- SFASASIL.C. open a lesson or unit to capture student attention and interest?
- SFASASIL.C. help students to see the connections between what they already know and the new ...
- SFASASIL.E. provide opportunities for all students to think, discuss, interact, reflect and ...
- SFASASIL.F. participate in and promote positive interactions between all students?
- SFASASIL.F. support and monitor student autonomy and choice during learning experiences?
- SFASASIL.F. use the classroom environment to provide opportunities for independent and colla...
- SFASASIL.P. motivate all students to initiate their own learning and to strive for challengi...
- SFASASIL.U. engage all students in a variety of learning experiences that accommodate the di...
- SFASASIL.U. choose strategies that make the complexity and depth of subject matter understan...
- SFASASIL.U. vary my instructional strategies to increase students' active participation in l...
- SFASASIL.U. use technology to enhance student learning?
- SFASASIL.U. ask questions or facilitate discussion to clarify or extend students' thinking?
- SFASASIL.U. use a variety of strategies to introduce, explain, and restate subject matter co...
- SFASL.I. help all students to build their skills in self-reflection?
- SFASL.I. make assessment integral to the learning process?
- SFASL.I. develop and use tools and guidelines that help all students assess their own work?
- SFCAMEEFSL.E. help all students become respectful of others who may be different from them?
Secretary's Commission on Achieving Necessary Skills (SCANS)
- FS.BS.A. Reading -- locates, understands, and interprets written information in prose and...
- FS.BS.B. Writing -- communicates thoughts, ideas, information, and messages in writing; a...
- FS.BS.C. Arithmetic/Mathematics -- performs basic computations and approaches practical p...
- FS.BS.D. Listening -- receives, attends to, interprets, and responds to verbal messages a...
- FS.BS.E. Speaking -- organizes ideas and communicates orally
- FS.TS.A. Creative Thinking -- generates new ideas
- FS.TS.B. Decision Making -- specifies goals and constraints, generates alternatives, cons...
- FS.TS.D. Seeing Things in the Mind's Eye -- organizes, and processes symbols, pictures, g...
- FS.TS.F. Reasoning -- discovers a rule or principle underlying the relationship between t...
- WC.I.A. Participates as Member of a Team -- contributes to group effort
- WC.I.A. Acquires and Evaluates Information
- WC.I.B. Organizes and Maintains Information
- WC.I.D. Uses Computers to Process Information
- WC.T.B. Applies Technology to Task -- Understands overall intent and proper procedures f...
Common Core Standards (Reinforced)
Student Objectives / Goals
- Students will be able:
- To know what a business is
- To be able to identify and understand the reasons for starting a business
- To recognize various business opportunities
- To reflect personally on business goals
Activities in this Lesson
- Business Invention - Hooks / Set
To promote business ideas, start with this activity.
Get 5 - 10 things from around the room that a group of students can use to create something. Break the students up into groups and give them each a group of supplies. You can give each group the same materials or give each group different ones. Explain to the students that they need to work together for the next five minutes to invent a product that is sellable using all of the materials given, a name for the product, and a slogan in hopes to sell it. After the five minutes, have the groups share the products with the class.
Example: Give the students a piece of paper, a paperclip, a pencil, a rubberband, a piece of tissue, and a bell. Suppose the students invent some kind of plane with a flying banner that says "Go Team". Their product name: "Team Flyer" Their slogan could be something like "Take your team to the top with a Team Flyer".
- What is Business? - Independent Practice
Task: Have students complete the "Thought" handout
Suggest dialogue to introduce task at hand:
What is a business?
A business is an organization that has been specifically set up to provide some kind of product or service to its customers.
Answer Yes or No to the following questions…….
Is the school a business? Answer ________
Is the government running a business when it provides services such as libraries or a police force? Answer ________
Is a charity, such as the Samaritans, a business when it sells nothing? Answer ________
- Thought Handout [ Download ]
- Business Aims & Objectives Presentation - Lecture
Discuss with the class their answers from the Thought Activity before you introduce the presentation.
- Business Aims and Objectives Presentation [ Download ]
- Reasons to Start a Business - Guided Practice
Task at hand: complete the Tasks 1 and 2 handout on reasons to start a business and personal goals regarding business.
Suggested dialogue for the teacher to introduce the tasks at hand.
Reasons for starting a business
People start businesses for lots of different reasons. The main reason most people start a business is to make money or earn a profit. Some people think that if they start their own business they will be able to earn enough to give up work early and retire to Spain!
Some entrepreneurs start a business because they want to provide a service for their customers; others start a business to help people. Duncan Goose set up his One Water business as a social enterprise to help people; all his profits go to a water charity in Africa.
Often people have the desire to start their own business because they want personal success. The entrepreneur might want to be their own boss, to do things differently.
Often people start a business which is totally different to their chosen career path, it might be something they have always wanted to do and by starting their own business they can make a dream a reality.
Suggested projection document to introduce Task 2. "Business Opportunities"
Completed Task 1 and 2 handouts should be turned in to the instructor.
- Are your students getting it? - Check Understanding
Have students share the documents created in “Thought” and “Tasks 1 and 2” with the class.
- Self Reflection Activity - Assessment
Have students write a self-reflective paper indicating the following:
List three reasons why an individual would start a business and three reasons why the government may start a business.
List and describe three business opportunities you would be interested in and why you think they would be successful.
Describe your personal business goals within the next 20 years.
Student's should turn in their completed papers to the instructor.