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It's Your Business

Collaborative Business Simulations to Develop Career Readiness Skills

We believe that a solid understanding of business principles and practices is essential for students to succeed in the modern world. Our program is designed to provide students with the knowledge and skills they need to become successful entrepreneurs, managers, and leaders.

We use real-world business and economic simulations to teach students how to apply the concepts they learn in the classroom. These simulations provide students with a realistic and engaging way to learn about business and economics, allowing them to practice decision-making and critical thinking in a safe and supportive environment.

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It's Your Business Product Suite

We use highly interactive economic ActiveLearningSheets, team-based collaborative labs, and challenges to teach business and economic concepts. These interactive activities allow students to apply what they learn in the classroom in a fun and engaging way. By working in teams and collaborating with their classmates, students develop communication and teamwork skills that are essential for success in the business world.

Here are the list of ActiveLearningSheet and ActiveLearningLabs we use to teach economics and business.

Grade: 7-12

Snack Stand - Individual

Students will run a virtual Snack Stand for an event in the school. They will make purchase & sales plans with a target profit of $150.00 after the end of the event.

Grade: 7-12

Snack Stand - Paired Learning

Student pairs will run a virtual Snack Stand for an event in the school. Teams will make purchase & sales plans, and the team with maximum profit wins

Grade: 5-12

Snack Stand- Data Models & Economics

Student teams will run a virtual Snack Stand for an event in the school. Teams will make purchase & sales plans, and the team with maximum profit wins

Grade: 5-8

Cookies Inc. - Recipe Ratios

Students will use Grandma's cookie recipe to start a new business. Use the concept of ratios, fractions & percentages to run the business for 3 months

Grade: 8 - 11

Financing Your Business

Students will explore the concept of financing a business through loans, the benefits of compound growth, and how the initial investment amount and growth rate can affect their profits. By the end of this activity, students will have a better understanding of how to finance a business and the factors to consider when taking out a loan.

Grade: 5-10

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Students will work individually o categorize different needs into the appropriate levels of Maslow's Hierarchy. They will understand how different factors, such as money, and time can impact the needs.

Grade: 7-12

Farm to Table

Students will run a farm that produces corn, blueberry, tomato, and eggs. The objective is to find the optimal resource such as fertilizer, chicken feed, water, etc. required, and finally increase the profit of the business.

Needs & Wants

This activity will provide an opportunity for students to practice distinguishing between needs and wants. The activity also is a budgeting activity that teaches the importance of managing their money and time to satisfy their needs and wants.
  • Business,Economics,CTE,FCS
  • 6,7,8,9,10  Auto Scored   

Pricing Your Product

This is a great activity for students to learn about the fundamentals of business, particularly the relationship between demand, revenue, and profit. Through this activity, students will learn how to analyze market data to determine the optimal price for a product, which will maximize profit. They will also understand the importance of unit cost in pricing decisions and how it affects the overall profitability of a business.
  • Business,Economics,CTE,FCS
  • 6,7,8,9,10  Auto Scored   

Daily Nutrition Needs - Create Meal Plan

This activity aims to teach students about daily nutritional needs in a fun and engaging way. Students will choose their main course, side, and beverage for breakfast, lunch, and dinner while tracking 10 nutrient values to ensure that they stay within the daily limit. By adjusting their portion sizes, students can also customize their nutrient intake. At the end of the activity, students will receive a score based on how many nutrients they managed to stay within the limit.
  • CTE,FCS,Other
  • 5,6,7,8,9,10  Auto Scored   

Maslow's Hierarchy of Needs

Students interact with simulated set of needs to find the allocation of time and budget resulting in best outcome.
  • Numbers & Operations,Biology,Business,Economics,CTE,FCS
  • 6,7,8,9,10  Auto Scored   

Daily Nutrition Needs - Choose Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner

Students can choose up to three food items for breakfast, lunch and dinner but need to make sure that they are meeting their daily nutrition needs.
  • Biology,CTE,FCS
  • 4,5,6,7,8,9,10  Auto Scored   

Recommended Program Flow in Classrooms

To help students develop a strong understanding of economics and business concepts, we recommend the following flow in the classroom:

1. Start with Economic Worksheets:

Begin with fairly simple but powerful economic worksheets that take up to 45 minutes of classroom time. These worksheets are designed to give students a solid foundation in economic principles and practices.

45 minutes sessions

2. Run the Cookie Inc - Recipe Ratios Lab:

This is a paired learning lab in which the classroom will be split into teams of two. On the first day, students will independently work on the lab. On the second day, they will pair up and split the work to try to maximize their teams' profit. This lab provides an opportunity for students to apply their knowledge of economic concepts in a real-world business scenario.

two, 45 minutes sessions

3. Conduct the Snack Stand Lab:

This is a four-day team-based collaborative lab in which student teams will compete to get maximum profit by running a snack stand for the virtual family field day event in their school. The team with the maximum profit wins. This lab allows students to apply their knowledge of economic concepts in a fun and engaging way, while also developing teamwork and collaboration skills.

four, 45 minutes sessions

By the end of this sequence, students will have gained a solid understanding of different economics and business concepts, and will have developed valuable skills that are essential for success in the business world.