Top 3 Business Management Lesson Plans for High School Blog Feature
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By: Bri Stauffer on September 10th, 2019

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Top 3 Business Management Lesson Plans for High School

Business Education | High School

Business teachers are required to teach a variety of topics like entrepreneurship, marketing, and economics.

But management is one area that many teachers find difficult to teach.

That’s because there aren’t many relevant, engaging resources out there to help teach business management to high schoolers.

To make your life easier, we’ve put together a list of the three best places to find business management lesson plans for high school:

  1. Business Management Activity Bundle from Business Girl
  2. How to Manage a Business Lesson by Debbie Garcia
  3. Management Module from Business&ITCenter21

In this blog, you’ll learn about each resource to determine which one(s) are right for you and your students.

We’ll start with a collection of resources developed by a business teacher.

1. Business Management Activity Bundle from Business Girl

Business Girl is a well-known publisher on the Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) online education marketplace.

This business teacher has more than 230 products available on TpT, including a bundle of activities to teach business management.

The bundle costs $14.49 and includes eight of Business Girl’s most popular resources about business management:

  1. Business Management Terminology QR Code Scavenger Hunt
  2. Business Management Functions Script Project
  3. Business Management Theories Museum Exhibit Project
  4. Motivational Techniques for Managers
  5. Business Management / Supervisory Skills Gallery Walk
  6. Business Leadership QR Code Scavenger Hunt
  7. Business Leaders in Management Editorial Project
  8. Business Management Scenarios Advice Column Project

Together, these activities will fill a week’s worth of classes while helping you teach basic management concepts, including terminology, functions, theories, and skills.

This activity bundle is an excellent option for any teacher looking for engaging supplemental resources to break up their everyday management lessons.

However, these lessons may not cut it if you need more robust lesson plans.

If that’s the case, check out the next option on the list!

2. How to Manage a Business Lesson by Debbie Garcia

Debbie Garcia is a veteran business teacher and contributing member to CTE Online — a free community where CTE teachers can find projects, lesson plans, and other resources.

As a member of the CTE Online community, Debbie has shared a number of lesson plans to help other business teachers in the classroom.

One of her most popular lesson plans is How to Manage a Business.

The main objectives of the lesson are to help students:

  • Understand and identify the management structures a business can adopt
  • Identify their individual skills and knowledge needed to be an effective manager
  • Understand that business management is the use and coordination of all resources in a business

To accomplish this, the lesson plan is organized into five steps.

Step 1: Leadership Activity

This lesson starts out with a team-building activity where you ask students “Are you a leader?” Students then write down their responses without speaking or collaborating.

After you collect and tally the responses, your students will discuss times when feel they act as leaders and brainstorm a list of leadership qualities.

At the end of the activity, students should better understand that everyone can become a leader depending on different situations.

Step 2: Lecture on Management

This portion of the lesson is a lecture focused on the four functions of management:

  • Planning – Setting goals and deciding when and how to accomplish them
  • Organizing – Grouping resources and employees in specific ways to help meet objectives
  • Directing – Guiding and supervising employees while leading, influencing, and motivating them to achieve goals
  • Controlling – Setting performance standards, measuring employee performance, and taking corrective action if necessary

You’ll also discuss the different leadership styles someone may use as a manager, such as authoritarian, democratic, and delegating.

During the lecture, students will take notes and fill out a key terms worksheet with definitions of important vocabulary you discuss.

Step 3: Check Student Understanding

At this point, you’ll randomly call on students to check for understanding by asking students about the concepts you’ve discussed so far.

These could include prompts like:

  • Name one of the four functions of a manager
  • Describe one management function
  • Explain the different leadership styles a manager may use

Step 4: Group Work

Next, your students will break into groups to complete one of three roleplaying scenarios:

  • Assigning an employee a task
  • Discovering a warehouse fire
  • Addressing conflict between two employees

After brainstorming how they will address each scenario, the students will present their ideas to the class.

Step 5: Formative Assessment

Last, you’ll wrap up the lesson by having students complete a handout with six questions to help you assess how much they’ve learned.

Overall, the How to Manage a Business lesson is a great way to teach the basics of management with a variety of teaching strategies.

The only downside is there’s no summative assessment for you to use for assigning grades.

If you’re like most high school business teachers, every lesson or unit needs at least one way to assign a grade, so you’d need to come up with your own assessments.

Or you could try out the next option on the list!

3. Management Module from Business&ITCenter21

Business&ITCenter21 is a digital curriculum system designed to help you teach high school students about introductory business topics and career readiness skills.

The curriculum includes a Management module that teaches students the fundamental functions of management, types of organizational structures, characteristics of a good manager, and how to manage in a variety of situations.

The module content is presented according to the four phases of education:

  1. Explore
  2. Learn & Practice
  3. Reflect
  4. Reinforce

Phase 1: Explore

In the Explore phase, your students will complete an Introduction to Management activity worksheet that helps them define management, identify the functions of management, and understand the characteristics of good managers.

This activity can be completed individually, in small groups, or as part of a class discussion -- whichever works best for your classroom.

Phase 2: Learn & Practice

In the Learn & Practice phase, students log into the digital curriculum system to work through three units with a total of eight interactive lessons:

  • Unit 1 - Management and Managing
  • Unit 2 - Management Types
  • Unit 3 - Situational Management

In the Management and Managing unit, students learn about the fundamental functions of management, characteristics of a good manager, and types of organizational structures of businesses.

In the Management Types unit, students learn how the basic functions of management apply to operations management and human resources management.

In the Situational Management unit, students learn how managers handle difficult business situations related to budget, culture, and ethnicity in the workplace.

Along with the interactive digital lessons, each unit includes an automatically-graded quiz to measure what your students have learned.

Phase 3: Reflect

In the Reflect phase, students complete a journaling activity to reflect on their personal interest in management.

After answering the questions in their journal, you’ll discuss the questions and students’ answers as a class.

Phase 4: Reinforce

In the Reinforce phase, students review example scenarios and make recommendations to resolve management-related issues.

To tie everything they’ve learned together, there’s an optional current events assignment that instructs students to write a report about business management.

After working through the four phases, students will take a summative assessment to measure what they have learned.

In total, the Management module has eight curriculum hours of content to help you teach the basics of business management to high school students.

This includes the student content listed above, ready-to-use lesson plans, teacher presentations, and more!

The best part is that Business&ITCenter21 has so much more than just a Management module.

There’s a full business education curriculum to teach concepts and skills related to entrepreneurship, marketing, professionalism, and more.

Want to learn more?

Click below to see what’s included in Business&ITCenter21 and how teachers use it in the classroom!

Learn More about the Business&ITCenter21 Curriculum


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