Description: On this field trip students will visit several (at least 4) different types of businesses. They will get a brief tour of the business and an explanation of how the business runs. In return they are to ask important questions regarding careers and running a business (this will take some prep time in class before the trip). Students are going to be looking for key economics information to complete their scavenger hunt page (attached).
Purpose: The purpose of this trip is to allow students to see real life careers and businesses that are available right in their own city, town, or wherever they live. They will be able to apply classroom knowledge of future careers and important aspects of economics as they discover more about the shops and businesses they may pass every day.
Note to teachers: When planning this trip, try to give your students a variety of businesses to visit. Try to visit a restaurant, a retail space, a business office of some sort (law or real estate?), and a public service (local police department?). Plan for between 10-20 minutes in each location and don’t forget that it takes time to walk from place to place. If you break your students up into teams then you can set up “appointment times” for each location so they know when they need to be at the next place. Make sure the businesses know exactly what you are hoping your students will gain from them so that they can help you to make this a valuable learning experience. And ALWAYS have a back-up business in case there is a last minute cancellation. With four locations, the trip will take about 3 hours. Plan to meet at a restaurant location when everyone is finished so that students (and teachers) can eat lunch and discuss their morning.