How do you get 5th and 6th graders to become excited about fractions, decimals, budgeting, states of matter, writing research and business proposal papers, and learning about economics? You offer them this Driving Question: How can we effectively use our entrepreneurial skills to design and market a product to sell to our community?
Then, you tell them that they and a partner will create their own baked goods business. You connect them with experts in the field, such as two-time Cupcake Wars Winner and Food Network Challenge Champion Erin Campbell, for some solid advice. After they select their business, you call in marketing expert and college professor Jeff Courtney to help them with designing their logo and targeting a specific audience.
Don’t forget to have them survey a variety of demographics to find favorite flavors and chart the data.
To keep the excitement going, you have to bring them to the test kitchen, where they have to create and test an original recipe and help them realize that failures do happen (like when you leave out the flour or put in too much baking powder) and to embrace it, push through, and grow from it.
You still have to keep that sustained inquiry going, so bringing them to the new Exploratorium to film their commercials and create an advertisement and business cards just might work.
Afterwards, you give them support when they have to write a business loan proposal and build a solid marketing plan, which helps them to realize, on their own, that they have to be frugal with some ingredients if they want to make a larger profit.
Profit? Yes, our learners are preparing to sell their goods. We know that they will do their best and be more engaged in their learning because they are making connections to the real world.
Please watch this video as Samantha and Kiera were so excited that they discovered a profit to debt app on their own. They beautifully articulate the learning process!
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We are excited to provide free meals through the Summer Seamless Program. We are providing meals for all children up to 18 years of age at no charge. You do not need to be an enrolled learner in order to receive free meals. Good news! Each Friday we are serving free grab-and-go meals to take home for the weekend as well. Each
Greetings, iLEAD community, Every other week, a new Together Tuesday video features photos of families, learners, and staff throughout the iLEAD nation — a reminder that we’re all in this together. We’d love to see your contributions. To ensure your submissions are included, please click here to submit your photos. Photos received by the Friday before each Together Tuesday are eligible