LESSON PLAN FOR AN INTERDISCIPLINARY EXPERIENCE THAT BRINGS MATH ALIVE IN ELEMENTARY AND MIDDLE SCHOOL CLASSROOMS.
ENGAGING, CREATIVE, RELEVANT ACTIVITIES
CORRELATES WITH COMMON CORE STANDARDS
SUITABLE FOR PUBLIC, INDEPENDENT AND HOME SCHOOLS
Businesstown© is an engaging, thought-provoking unit that encompasses multiple disciplines: math, writing, vocabulary, the arts, social studies/economics, and technology. While providing a hands-on, brains-on, real-life experience in the classroom, Businesstown© also fosters those needs that run in the background—a life-long understanding of math applications and consumerism AND critical thinking, character building, time management and organizational skills.
Here’s what it is, simply put: students become entrepreneurs. They research, design, and manufacture their own products or services. They determine pricing based on manufacturing costs and supply and demand, and then they sell their goods on “market days”.
The catch? They must keep a ledger of their income and business expenses.
What does the business world say about Businesstown©?
"Businesstown gives students a window into "the real world" and has the potential to open their eyes to the practical applications of math, communications, the arts and more. Subjects that may seem so abstract in the classroom will become relevant and exciting when seen in the context of a personal business venture. Beyond the core academic benefits, Businesstown might just be what's needed to inspire the next generation of entrepreneurs, or, at the very least, to help kids find their passion and develop inherent talents they never knew they had."
Marketing Consultant and Mom of an elementary student