I am always looking for new ways to make Social Studies more exciting and meaningful, and I am SO excited about my latest creation! Unit One in our Reading Street curriculum focuses on economics, so we will be starting the year with lots of business-minded, money-savvy lessons! I am planning on using Lemonade Economics: Business for Kiddos with my Economy 101 resources to spice up a really bare bones Social Studies curriculum. This project took me close to a MONTH. Ah!
Honestly though. In today's world, there's no denying it. We
need business-minded students to matriculate into a fast-paced global
economy. This supplemental file is meant to enhance your Social Studies
curriculum by allowing your students to experience what it's like to
own and operate a (lemonade) business through virtual simulations and
in-class explorations. You can take this as far as you'd like. It
includes simple and complex vocabulary, so that you can take your
students as deep as you want to go... or you can keep it as simple as
you want. The business plan template is set up so that you can choose
the pages you want to use. Don't feel like you have to use it all! (I probably won't this year, but I like having options, and I like knowing that I could group kids and take lots of different approaches with this file.) If you are looking for something really scripted, this is not it. I left the file really open for teachers to be able to use it as they see fit... and to allow myself to make professional decisions based on my students and time constraints as well. :)
Terms Included: product name, business name, employees, recipe, sales
pitch, branding, budget, packaging, quality control, safety, security,
acquisitions, accounting, competition, distribution, green choices,
weather, financing, money box, focus groups, supplies, global reach,
Internet, location, marketing, merger, partnerships, media attention,
payment terms, press release, regulations, quality control, hours of
operation, and market research.
I realize that there are some HEAVY terms, but they are not any heavier than "metacognition" or "schema" or "inference" when you think about it, and we use them all of the time with kids. We use them in context... with lots of support... and that's exactly why I've decided to include so many in this bundle. They will be used in context... in simulations... and that helps students OWN the words and use them. (I've included a version of Economics Star for extra vocabulary practice too!) I am so excited to cultivate little entrepreneurs this year... and drink some yummy lemonade too!
Of course, because I am SO appreciative of you all... I'm putting this file on sale through tomorrow.
You can snag it for 20% off between now and then. Have a wonderful weekend, friends! Now that I'm finished with my crazy-hectic case study, I can focus on wrapping up another unit that I have up my sleeves. Hopefully I'll have another goodie to share this weekend! I am SO excited for next year!