Mini-Units Activities

Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges | FINE PRINT: Leave and Earning Statement

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Understand the various components of a Leave and Earning Statement (LES)

Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges | PROJECT: What's Your Plan After High School?

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will be able to:

  • Choose a path to pursue after high school besides attending college.
  • Set a goal for where they want to be on this path one year after graduating from high school.
  • Create a timeline that identifies steps they need to take and by when.
  • Reflect on how they will stay on track should unexpected events occur. 

Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges | RESEARCH: Apprenticeships and Internships

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Choose a type of apprenticeship or internship they want to explore.
  • Research 3 different apprenticeships or internships they can apply for based on their preferences and skills.

Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges | RESEARCH: Associate Degree and Trade Schools Programs

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Research programs that they would like to study if they are pursuing an associate degree or interested in attending a trade school.
  • See which schools offer those programs.

Alternatives to 4-Year Colleges | RESEARCH: Jobs For You After High School

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Research 3 different occupations they might be interested in pursuing after high school.
  • Think about the larger context of how these roles can shape their future.

Behavioral Finance | ANALYZE: The Influence of Social Media

In this activity, students will:

  • Identify various tactics that influencers and brands use to market products through social media
  • Analyze examples of these tactics on various social media platforms

Behavioral Finance | PLAY: Roll with the Market

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Understand the psychology behind some of the investment decisions we make.

Behavioral Finance | PLAY: The Ultimatum Game

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Explore the behavior and emotions behind the financial decisions they make.

Entrepreneurship | ANALYZE: 4 Elevator Pitches

In this activity, students will:

  • Analyze the effectiveness of sample business pitches.

Entrepreneurship | ANALYZE: Advertising Campaigns

In this activity, students will:

  • Identify mediums of advertising.
  • Analyse the effectiveness of advertising campaigns.

Entrepreneurship | ANALYZE: Sample Business Plans

In this activity, students will:

  • Analyze one sample business plan on their own.
  • Compare their classmate's analyses on other sample business plans.
  • Understand what elements make a compelling business plan.

Entrepreneurship | CREATE: A Business Idea

In this activity, students will:

  • Brainstorm business ideas using the problem / solution lens.

Entrepreneurship | INTERVIEW: An Entrepreneur

In this activity, students will:

  • Identify entrepreneurs in their community.
  • Interview one of these entrepreneurs using a list questions that they have developed.

Entrepreneurship | PROJECT: Can I Be An Entrepreneur If I Don’t Own My Own Business?

In this project, students will be able to:

  • Debate whether a person can be considered an entrepreneur if they do not own their own business.

Entrepreneurship | PROJECT: Pitch Your Business Idea

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will be able to:

  • Create a business presentation, advertisement, and elevator pitch.
  • Present their work to their classmates.

Entrepreneurship | RESEARCH: Great Innovators & Innovations

In this activity, students will:

  • Research innovators and innovations that have impacted society.

Ethics | ANALYZE: Ethical Dilemmas

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Analyze a handful of ethical dilemmas
  • Provide recommendations on how the person in each scenario should proceed.

 

Ethics | INTERACTIVE: The Ethical Dilemmas of Self-Driving Cars

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Learn about the ethical dilemmas self-driving cars pose to our society
  • Experience what it is like to face the ethical dilemmas posed by autonomous vehicles and make a decision
  • Reflect on how they view self-driving cars given that the technology is going to continue to grow in years to come

Ethics | PROJECT: Ethical or Not?

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will be able to:

  • Examine an ethical dilemma
  • Conduct research to increase their knowledge of the issue
  • Provide reasoning to support their selected viewpoint 

Ethics | RESEARCH: How Ethical are the Products You Use?

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • See how the companies they buy products from score on an ethical rating of 1-100.
  • Reflect on how this knowledge can be used as a consumer.

Ethics | ROLEPLAY: Workplace Ethics

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Identify ethical decisions that affect individuals and companies.
  • Outline reasons for actions while personally resolving ethical dilemmas.

Philanthropy | ANALYZE: How America Gives

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • use an interactive online map to analyze how Americans across the country donate to charitable organizations.

Philanthropy | COMPARE: Charities

In this activity, students will:

  • identify and describe criteria that is used to compare charities
  • use an online database to compare charities of their choosing

Philanthropy | DEFINE: Types of Altruism

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Research ten vocabulary words that represent formalized forms of altruism, such as "nonprofit" and "donation" 
  • Collaborate on a class-wide slide deck and present their understandings of altruism to their classmates 
  • Distinguish the nuances of vocabulary related to philanthropy and altruism

Philanthropy | PROJECT: Let’s Have a Philanthropy Meet Up!

In this Common Core-aligned project, students will be able to:

  • Learn about some of the main causes philanthropists support, and who some key philanthropic organizations are around the world.

Philanthropy | RESEARCH: Crowdfunding Web Quest

In this activity students:
  • Do online research about different crowdfunding platforms and how they differ

Purchasing a Used Car | FINE PRINT: Vehicle History Report

In this activity, students will be able to:

  • Read a vehicle history report, such as accident and previous ownership details
  • Conclude if it is a good or bad financial decision to buy the car detailed in the VHR

Purchasing a Used Car | PROJECT: Buying a Used Car

 In this Common Core-aligned project, students will be able to:

  • Identify their budget for a used car based on different scenarios.
  • Search for different cars.
  • Compare their qualities to find the best matches.

Purchasing a Used Car | ROLEPLAY: Buy a Used Car

In this activity, students will be able to: 

  • Practice buying a used car.