Entrepreneurial Opportunities Design Project

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  • Lesson Identification and TEKS Addressed

    Cluster : Human Services

    Course : Principles of Human Services

  • TEKS Student Expectations

    • (1) The student demonstrates personal characteristics for success in the high-skill, high-wage or high-demand careers. The student is expected to:
      • (J) practice leadership skills
      • (K) demonstrate effective communication skills
    • (2) The student demonstrates the skills necessary to enhance personal and career effectiveness in consumer services. The student is expected to:
      • (D) investigate sustainable techniques for managing resources
      • (F) identify employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements in the areas of personal interest
    • (3) The student demonstrates the skills necessary to enhance personal and career effectiveness in counseling and mental health services. The student is expected to:
      • (H) identify employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements in the areas of personal interest
    • (4) The student demonstrates the skills necessary to enhance personal and career effectiveness in early childhood development and services. The student is expected to:
      • (F) identify employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements in the areas of personal interests
    • (5) The student demonstrates the skills necessary to enhance personal and career effectiveness in family and community services. The student is expected to:
      • (I) identify employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements in the areas of personal interests
    • (6) The student demonstrates the skills necessary to enhance personal and career effectiveness in personal cares services. The student is expected to:
      • (F) identify employment and entrepreneurial opportunities and preparation requirements in the areas of personal interests
  • Basic Direct Teach Lesson

    Instructional Objectives

    Students will:

    • expand and practice team-building skills
    • apply decision-making and problem-solving skills
    • perform and contribute skills in team meetings to accomplish tasks
    • establish leadership and teamwork qualities in creating a pleasant working atmosphere
    • design and create an entrepreneurial storefront or office model using recycled products
  • Rationale

    Script:

    Students will be provided with opportunities to explore and practice team building skills during the planning, development and presentation of an entrepreneurial project using recycled items. Students will be able to make decisions regarding the name, type of establishment and a marketing slogan to encourage customers to visit their business.

  • Duration of Lesson

    Six 45 minute class periods

  • Word Wall

    Business Plan: A written document that describes the business and how it will operate

    Entrepreneur: A person who organizes and operates a business or businesses, taking on greater than normal financial risks in order to do so

    Opportunity: A set of circumstances that makes it possible to do something

    Recycling: Processing used materials (waste) into new products to prevent waste of potentially useful materials

    Small business: The U.S. Small Business Administration defines a small business concern as one that is independently owned and operated, is organized for profit, and is not dominant in its field

    Teamwork: Is a cooperative or coordinated effort on the part of a group of persons acting together as a team or in the interests of a common cause

  • Materials/Specialized Equipment Needed

    Equipment:

    • computer with projector for multimedia presentations
    • computers with Internet access (be sure follow district guidelines)

    Supplies:

    • construction paper (various colors)
    • glue
    • glue sticks
    • hot glue gun
    • markers
    • paper towel tubes (empty)
    • popsicle sticks
    • scissors
    • stickers
    • straws
    • tape

    • other items that may be useful in constructing a storefront or office model
    • copies of handouts (see All Lesson Attachments tab)
  • Anticipatory Set

    Before class begins:

    Note to teacher: In this lesson, students will create and design a mock storefront business or office from a career pathway in the Human Services Cluster.

    It is recommended that the lesson Exploring Careers in Human Services be taught prior to this lesson.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/lesson-plans/exploring-careers-in-human-services-2/

    Refer to lesson Building Teamwork: Food Truck Design Project for additional activities, ideas and resources.
    http://cte.sfasu.edu/lesson-plans/building-teamwork-food-truck-design-project/

    Display on a table as many supplies as you have available (see Material/Specialized Equipment Needed tab).

    Distribute graphic organizer KWL – Entrepreneurship (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and ask students to complete the first two sections:

    • K – What do I already KNOW about entrepreneurship?
    • W – What do I WANT to learn about entrepreneurship?

    The last section will be completed in the Lesson Closure section.

    Lead a discussion about entrepreneurship and ask the following questions:

    • Have you thought about owning your own business?
    • What kind of business would you own?
    • Why would you want to own your own business?
    • What are the advantages of owning a business?
    • What are the disadvantages of owning a business?

    Allow students to share their experiences.

  • Direct Instruction with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Introduce lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Distribute handout Note-Taking – Entrepreneurial Opportunities (see All Lesson Attachments tab) so that students may take notes during the slide presentation.

    Introduce PowerPoint™ Entrepreneurial Opportunities (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and discuss the many career options students may have available to then in this cluster.

    View YouTube™ videos:

    • An Introduction to the SBA
      Every year the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of resource partners help millions of small businesses start, grow and succeed.
      http://youtu.be/Wl_llIcT1V8

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to providing a:

    • copy of slide presentation for notes
    • highlighted material for emphasis

  • Guided Practice with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Distribute graphic organizer Businesses in Your Community (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct your students to brainstorm the names of various businesses in your community that may be categorized in the Human Services Pathways.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assistance in class discussions
    • a peer to take notes

  • Independent Practice/Laboratory Experience with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    Divide class into subgroups of three students.

    Distribute handout Entrepreneurial Design Project (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and explain to students that they will be creating and designing a mock storefront business or office from a career pathway in the Human Services Cluster using materials that are available in the classroom or at home. Students should not have to purchase materials for this project.

    The handout Human Services Careers (see All Lesson Attachments tab) from the National Center for O*Net Development may be used for reference.

    Distribute graphic organizer Business Design Plan (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Discuss with your students that all new businesses begin with a business plan. We will focus on a simple plan for this project.

    Scenario: Your team has been selected to create a business venue in your community. The winning team will receive an award (certificate) for the best design.

    Your team must decide on the type of business, a name and a clever slogan to draw people to their venue.

    Distribute Entrepreneurial Design Project Rubric (see All Lessons Attachment tab) that will be used to assess the project, presentation and teamwork.

    Assist students as they investigate small businesses for their project. They should decorate their storefront using construction paper, markers, stickers and more.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • shortened, simplified instructions
    • extra time for assignment

  • Lesson Closure

    Review lesson objectives, terms and definitions.

    Re-distribute the graphic organizer KWL – Entrepreneurship (see All Lesson Attachments tab) and instruct students to complete the last section:

    • L – What did I LEARN about entrepreneurship?

    Discuss answers with your students as they learn more about owning a business.

  • Summative/End of Lesson Assessment with Special Education Modifications/Accommodations

    The Entrepreneurial Design Project will be assessed with a rubric.

    The team with the highest scores and best design project will receive a Certificate of Excellence (see All Lesson Attachments tab). Students may add this to their portfolio.

    Note to teacher: Display the projects in the library where other students may see the business storefront models. Take photos to post on your website or on a bulletin board outside your classroom.

    Individualized Education Plan (IEP) for all special education students must be followed. Examples of accommodations may include, but are not limited to:

    • assist with presentation
    • give encouragement and praise

  • References/Resources

    Textbook:

    • Littrell, J. J., Clasen, A. H., & Pearson, P. (2004). From school to work. Tinley Park, IL: Goodheart-Willcox.

    Websites:

    • Achieve Texas College and Career Initiative
      An education initiative designed to prepare students for a lifetime of success. It allows students to achieve excellence by preparing them for secondary and postsecondary opportunities, career preparation and advancement, meaningful work, and active citizenship.
      http://www.achievetexas.org/
    • O*Net Online
      Human Services Career Cluster
      http://www.onetonline.org/find/career?c=10&g=Go
    • SBA.gov
      The U.S. Small Business Administration (SBA) was created in 1953 as an independent agency of the federal government to aid, counsel, assist and protect the interests of small business concerns, to preserve free competitive enterprise and to maintain and strengthen the overall economy of our nation.
      http://www.sba.gov/
    • U.S. Environmental Protection Agency
      Recycling Basics
      http://www2.epa.gov/recycle/recycling-basics

    YouTube™:

    • An Introduction to the SBA
      Every year the U.S. Small Business Administration and its nationwide network of resource partners help millions of small businesses start, grow and succeed. http://youtu.be/Wl_llIcT1V8
  • Additional Required Components

    English Language Proficiency Standards (ELPS) Strategies

    • word wall
    • allow extra processing time
    • provide graphic organizer to facilitate understanding
    • allow drawings
  • College and Career Readiness Connection

    AchieveTexas Career Cluster Crosswalks

    The Career Cluster Crosswalks housed on the AchieveTexas website http://www.achievetexas.org/index.html provide Texas teachers with a direct connection between their CTE course TEKS and the College and Career Readiness Standards (CCRS). Language Arts, Mathematics, Science, Social Studies and Cross-Disciplinary integration are the focus of the CCRS. These college and career readiness standards are essential in the planning and delivery of CTE lessons. The extent to which the integration occurs is determined by the methods and strategies utilized by each teacher.

    Career Cluster Crosswalks for Education and Training, Hospitality and Tourism and Human Services Career Clusters can be found at:
    http://www.achievetexas.org/Career%20Cluster%20Crosswalks.htm

  • Recommended Strategies

    Reading Strategies

    Encourage students to continue reading articles pertaining to this lesson:

    • The Skills Needed to Be an Entrepreneur
      Being your own boss can be highly rewarding, but becoming an entrepreneur requires several key skills. In addition to having a creative business idea, entrepreneurs must be mentally and emotionally prepared for their new role.
      http://www.ehow.com/list_7584590_skills-needed-entrepreneur.html

    Reading Strategy
    Encourage students to “visualize” as they read. Many students are visual learners and will benefit from making sketches or diagrams on scrap paper as they read. Providing students with graphic organizers to help them organize their thoughts is also helpful.

  • Quotes

    There is no greater country on Earth for entrepreneurship than America. In every category, from the high-tech world of Silicon Valley, where I live, to University R&D labs, to countless Main Street small business owners, Americans are taking risks, embracing new ideas and – most importantly – creating jobs.
    -Eric Ries

    Most small business owners are not particularly sophisticated business people. That’s not a criticism; they’re passionate about cutting hair or cooking food, and that’s why they got in the business, not because they have an MBA.
    -Andrew Mason

    Like any small business owner, I experienced the pressures of building a company from the ground up – developing a business plan, balancing the books, meeting payroll and building a customer base.
    -Gavin Newsom

    The entrepreneur always searches for change, responds to it, and exploits it as an opportunity.
    -Peter Drucker

    Honesty and integrity are by far the most important assets of an entrepreneur.
    -Zig Ziglar

    Behind every small business, there’s a story worth knowing. All the corner shops in our towns and cities, the restaurants, cleaners, gyms, hair salons, hardware stores – these didn’t come out of nowhere.
    -Paul Ryan

  • Multimedia/Visual Strategies

    PowerPoint™:

    • Entrepreneurial Opportunities
    • Presentation Notes – Entrepreneurial Opportunities

    Technology:

    Files for downloading:

  • Graphic Organizers/Handout

    Graphic Organizers:

    • Business Design Plan
    • Businesses in Your Community
    • KWL – Entrepreneurship

    Handouts:

    • Certificate of Excellence
    • Entrepreneurial Design Project Rubric
    • Entrepreneurial Design Project
    • Human Services Careers
    • Note-Taking – Entrepreneurial Opportunities

    Files for downloading:

  • Writing Strategies

    Journal Entries:

    • The advantages of owning our own business are …..
    • The disadvantages of owning our own business are ….
    • I like being my own boss because …..
    • If I could own a business, I would own ……
    • I consider myself an entrepreneur because …..
    • Entrepreneurs are ……..

    Writing Strategy:

    RAFT writing strategy

    • Role: entrepreneur
    • Audience: bank loan officer
    • Format: letter
    • Topic: loan for a day care center

    Write a letter to a bank loan officer requesting a loan to purchase a day care business. Letter should state a summary of a business plan.

  • Communication 90 Second Speech Topics

    • Three things at which entrepreneurs need to be successful are ….
    • Being an entrepreneur requires ……
  • Other Essential Lesson Components

    Enrichment activity

    Encourage students to visit the Small Business Administration website and visit the SBA Learning Center to learn more about starting a business. The online training is free and can produce a certificate of completion that students can add to their portfolio.

    • Young Entrepreneurs
      This course introduces young entrepreneurs to the basics of creating and financing a successful business. You will learn to evaluate your ideas, choose the best financing options and legally register your business. The course will point you to the resources you need on your entrepreneurial journey.
      http://www.sba.gov/tools/sba-learning-center/training/young-entrepreneurs

    TED Talks:

    TED is a nonprofit organization devoted to spreading ideas, usually in the form of short, powerful talks (18 minutes or less).

    The video below is related to this lesson. Allow students to view the video and lead a discussion concerning the TED Talk.

  • Family/Community Connection

    Invite a business owner that owns a business in the Human Services Career Pathway to speak to the class about how he/she got started in the business.

    Instruct students to interview their parents and family and brainstorm possible small business ideas to supplement the family income.

  • CTSO connection

    Family Career and Community Leaders of America (FCCLA)

    http://texasfccla.org/

    • Entrepreneurship
      An individual or team event – recognizes participants who develop a plan for a small business using Family and Consumer Sciences skills and sound business practices. The business must relate to an area of Family and Consumer Sciences education or related occupations.
  • Service Learning Projects

    Successful service learning project ideas originate from student concerns and needs. Allow students to brainstorm about service projects pertaining to this lesson. For additional information on service learning see:
    http://www.nylc.org/

    Possible ideas:

    Develop a project with your school to educate students about recycling. Create a slide presentation about the benefits and encourage everyone to do their share.

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