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Economics in the Elementary Classroom


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Economics in the Elementary Classroom

  1. 1. Dawn Miller Beth Sharrett Loudoun County Public Schools
  2. 2. 1. Mini-book for each grade level 2008 Entrepreneurs’ 2. Student-created business presentation Convention
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  37. 37. • Change template to meet your needs • “Borrow” from other grade level presentations • Printing Options - Switch to handouts - Select 2 per page, 4 per page, or 6 per page
  38. 38. Part 2 2008 Entrepreneurs’ Convention
  39. 39. • Students come up with 3 businesses they feel qualified to do • If project is being done in 4th grade then students can think of businesses that relate to the products or industries in Virginia • The teacher approves one of the ideas, or suggests more ideas if needed.
  40. 40. • Students are introduced to the quot;It's My Businessquot; project by viewing the example slide show. • Lots of students’ questions are answered. • Expect a high level of excitement from students.
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  48. 48. • Students take each other's pictures using a digital camera. • Since students already know the businesses they will be doing, they can think about how they want to pose in the pictures (sans props since they will be quot;createdquot; later).
  49. 49. • Students learn about photo editing as they edit their own image. • There is a brief introduction lesson on the picture editing software. • Using Image Blender or Pixie, students open their image, then use the tools to turn the picture into their business pictures. • In the pictures students should be showing what their goods or services are. • Pictures are saved as .jpg and students learn that .jpg and .gif are picture file extensions.
  50. 50. • Introduction to PowerPoint lesson. • Students learn how to type in the text boxes, select different slides to view, add clip art (on-line version better), view as a slide show, etc. • Students insert their edited pictures on slide 1.
  51. 51. • Students fill out their quot;businessquot; information using the hard copy (paper) template. • The teacher is able to help with any economic vocabulary or concepts to ensure that students master the material as well as do a good job on their quot;It's My Businessquot; project. • With any available time, students type in their information once it is approved by the teacher.
  52. 52. • Introduction to Publisher lesson. • Students will be making their own business cards as they learn about the software. • Each card should contain the name of the business, student's name, mailing address, 1-800 number, e-mail address, and a picture. • The name of the student should be the only true information on each card, otherwise students are encouraged to be creative. • The picture can be the student's edited picture or a generic clip art picture. • When students are ready to print out their business cards enough are printed out so each student in the class will get one (10 on a page). • A screen shot is taken of the business card and the quot;cardquot; is inserted on the last page of the quot;It's My Businessquot; slide show for contact information.
  53. 53. • Students create their quot;incentive couponquot;. • This can be done with clip art and text boxes or a program such as Paint, Pixie, or Kid Pix. • If an introductory lesson is needed, one is provided. • Students make an incentive coupon that entices the consumer to purchase the quot;It's My Businessquot; good or service. • The object is either saved as a .jpg or a screen shot is taken and the picture is inserted to slide 7 of the quot;It's My Businessquot; template. • Another copy is printed out and each student gives the teacher a coupon that will be put into a quot;Val Pakquot; like envelope that will be shared with the class at presentation time.
  54. 54. • Students finish typing the content in their slide shows. • Upon completion and with teacher's permission students can learn about inserting animations, sounds, and changing backgrounds (and changing font so there is good contrast). • Students practice their presentations to prepare for the big convention!
  55. 55. • Students take turns presenting their businesses during the 2008 Entrepreneur Convention. • It's a big deal... a projector is used and everything. • Each student passes out his or her business card and answers questions at the conclusion of his or her presentation. • Halfway through the presentations is a good time for a break... some teachers even bring a snack like popsicles as a tasty treat.
  56. 56. • Decide ahead of time if students are allowed to change the backgrounds or not. If not, create a background in “slide master” • Have students print out their presentation as a mini-book. Then they can practice their presentation in the classroom or even at home • Invite parents to come in for the big “convention”. The project is impressive to parents because of the creativity and technology
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  58. 58. Please feel free to contact us for further information: Dawn Miller Catoctin Elementary Leesburg, Virginia Beth Sharrett Dominion Trail Elementary Ashburn, Virginia Templates Available at: