Proportions, Percents and Analyzing Data Trends jump into the deep waters with this math project inspired by the popular TV show Shark Tank. Students learn some basic fundamentals of owning their own business while they learn foundational finance terms such as equity, value, EBIT and multiplier.
To end the unit, students will be required to design a small business or create an invention, analyze the finances of their company and present a pitch in front of Sharks (other students) who can choose to invest (or not) in their product or service.
In this 22 page document you will be given a mapping to the Content Standards, an outline for how to implement the project, handout resources for students to use, and an answer key. In all it is four different assignments --
-- In “Equity Share” students will compute proportions to determine equity.
-- In “Valuation Station” students will be introduced to a basic accounting formula EBIT which is one method to compute a company’s valuation. Students will be introduced to the concept of a multiplier and will calculate valuations.
-- In “Revenue Forecast” students will analyze data to look for trends and project future income. They will combine this skill with the EBIT skill from the previous activity and will analyze multipliers of related companies to estimate a multiplier for their own.
-- In “Swimming with the Sharks” students will create a small business plan or invention that you will pitch to a panel of Sharks in hopes that you get an investment (your grade depends on it!) They will be putting their knowledge of equity, revenue projections and valuation to the test all built around their own creation.
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