Jr. Entrepreneurship

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Students practicing their presentation.

Project Name: SIS (Seneca Intermediate School) Jr. Entrepreneurship 

Facilitator Names: Anne Soden

Grade: 5th

Subject(s): Reading, Writing, Math

Course Name: 5th

Project Description & Content Topics Addressed: 

SIS 5th grade students researched different charities and decided on what charities they wanted to donate to for their projects. Students decided to create their own businesses and reached out to the local bank for help.  Students will create their own business after learning how write their own business plan. The students had to find an investor/investors to invest in their business.The students will sell their products during our market days.

A. Learning Goals: Content Knowledge & Skills Addressed (Standards)

ELA/Writing

  • I can write opinion texts that: introduce a topic or text being studied using an introductory paragraph that clearly supports the writer’s purpose.
  • I can write opinion texts that: use transitions to connect opinion and reason.
  • I can write opinion texts that: state an opinion or establish a position and provide relevant reasons for the opinion supported by multiple facts and details.
  • I can write opinion texts that: organize the supporting details / reasons into introductory supporting and concluding paragraphs.
  • I can develop and apply effective listening skills and strategies in formal and informal settings by: listening for speaker’s message and summarizing main points based on evidence.
  • I can speak clearly, audibly and to the point, using conventions of language when presenting individually or with a group by: planning an appropriate presentation, sbased on audience.
  • I can speak clearly, audibly and to the point, using conventions of language when presenting individually or with a group by: employing appropriate pacing, vocabulary, and gestures to communicate a clear viewpoint.
  • I can apply research process to: select relevant resources, literary and informational.
  • I can apply research process to: assess relevance, accuracy, and reliability of information in print and digital sources.

Math

  • I can add and subtract multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the thousandths place, and justify

    Students presenting their donation from their profits to their charity.

    the solution.

  • I can multiply multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths place, and justify the solution
  • I can divide multi-digit whole numbers and decimals to the hundredths place using up to two-digit divisors and four-digit dividends, and justify the solution.
  • I can estimate results of sums, differences, and products, with fractions and decimals to the thousandths.

B. Driving Question: How do we as entrepreneurs create a business to help those less fortunate?

C. Entry Event: Students got into groups of 4. Each group got a single product (candy) per group. Their job was then to market this to the class! The students had to persuade peers that their product was the best product, and why they should buy their product over anyone else’s!

D. Benchmarks & Scaffolding 

Benchmarks Outlined:

  • Begin business plan
  • Create prototype
  • Complete business plan
  • Write presentation
  • Practice presentation
  • Feedback
  • Redesign
  • Make products
  • Market Days/Sell

E. End Products: The end products and deliverables were the products and services they created for

Students selling their product at market days

their businesses. They had to create a final presentation for their board of investors. Communication between their investors and their groups was an ongoing deliverable. They had to calculate their profit from their actual business and give back to their investors what they owed. They also gave their profits in a form of donations back to their charities. They had a final PBL Business Blowout where they presented their donations to St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital and the Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks.

F. Rubric(s)

G. Community Partnerships: 

Mr. Wallace and Mr. Burr were part of our project launch to explain to the students about starting a business. They checked in on the students throughout the project. They were part of the investor panels as evaluators. 

Mr. Cook was also part of the investor panel as an evaluator.

Inquiry: 

Students will:

  • use Need to Knows to drive their investigation and experiments
  • research charities to be able to be informed on what charity they want to donate to for their project
  • create a presentation to present to investors to persuade them to invest in their business

Student Voice & Choice

Students will have voice and choice through:

  • choosing the charities they want to donate to for their project
  • creating their own business to provide a service or a product to sell to raise money for their charities

Authenticity & Relevance (Real-World Connections, Applied Learning, Active

Students presenting to their panel of investors.

Exploration): The students wanted to donate to local charities to know that they could have an impact on their community and help people in need. The students voted on what charities they wanted to donate to and they chose Breast Cancer Foundation of the Ozarks and St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital.

Employability (21st Century) Skills Addressed:

  • Collaboration
  • Communication
  • Creativity
  • Critical Thinking
  • Community Involvement

Formative & Summative Assessment Activities:

  • Persuasive Presentation (opinion writing)
  • Multiplication of whole and decimal numbers
  • Division of whole and decimal numbers

Required Materials and/or Tools:

  • Access to technology and other research materials
  • Capital from an investor to buy their materials

Examples of Student Work

 

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