Where to Find Entrepreneurship Lesson Plans for High School
Finding entrepreneurship lesson plans that are relevant and age appropriate for high school students isn’t easy.
While you could create your own lessons and activities from scratch, you’d have to do it in your spare time — which barely exists as it is!
On the other hand, there are a ton of resources out there with lessons on entrepreneurship. But you could end up spending even more time just trying to find the good ones!
So what are you supposed to do other than say “see ya” to your free time?
To help you out, we’ve pulled together the four best places to find entrepreneurship lesson plans for high school students:
- Alabama Learning Exchange
- Knowledge@Wharton High School
- Teachers Pay Teachers
In this blog, we’ll give you some info about each resource to help you decide which one(s) will work best in your classroom.
1. Alabama Learning Exchange
The Alabama Learning Exchange (ALEX) is a website filled with hundreds of resources to help educators teach practically any topic. While ALEX is maintained by the Alabama State Department of Education, teachers from any state can find the lesson plans and activities helpful.
By using the search feature, you can filter to find lessons based on subject area, career cluster, grade level, and keywords.
In total, you’ll find four entrepreneurship lesson plans for high school:
- What Is Entrepreneurship?
- Famous Entrepreneurs
- Entrepreneurship: Creating a New Business/Business in a Box
- Famous Entrepreneur Scavenger Hunt
For each lesson plan you’ll find information on the author, a lesson overview, state and/or national standards met, learning objectives, preparation information, materials needed, procedures, and assessments.
All of the lessons were written by actual business teachers, so you know the information will be accurate and relevant for your students.
What’s great about these lesson plans is the level of detail included. By doing a quick review of each one, you will easily be able to tell if it will work for your class!
2. Knowledge@Wharton High School
Knowledge@Wharton High School (KWHS) is part of the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania. According to their website, KWHS was specifically created to help high school students better understand business and give them the skills to succeed in their future careers.
With that as their mission, you know KWHS will be one of the best resources out there when it comes to teaching business to high school students.
KWHS organizes their lesson plans by subject area, based on National Business Education Association (NBEA) standards. They list nine standards under the umbrella of Entrepreneurship, but the most relevant section is Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Opportunities.
Under Entrepreneurs and Entrepreneurial Opportunities, there are 15 lesson plans you can mix and match to use in your classroom.
To access the lesson plans, you need to register with KWHS. It’s a quick and easy process, just like joining other free online education communities.
Once you register and login, you’ll see all of this information for each lesson plan:
- NBEA standards met
- Related KWHS articles
- Common Core standards met
- KWHS article for the lesson
- Required resources and material list
- Additional lesson resources
On the down side, the lessons don’t say how long they take to complete. While the information is there for individual tasks, you need to add up the time it takes for each part of the lesson in order to get the total.
Overall, the entrepreneurship lessons from KWHS are thorough and have a lot of room for you to expand. Whether you use just a few or all of them, they are sure to be great additions to your classroom.
3. Teachers Pay Teachers
Teachers Pay Teachers (TpT) is an open marketplace community where teachers share, sell, and buy resources from each other.
TpT has a number of entrepreneurship lessons plans and activities, including:
- Teaching the Basics of Entrepreneurship
- Entrepreneurship: Create a Business Project
- Entrepreneurship Activities Bundle
The most relevant resource for teaching entrepreneurship in high school is the Entrepreneurship Whole Semester Course, a download from Tech Twins -- a well-known vendor on TpT.
This resource includes 12 units that will fill an entire semester course on these subjects:
- Entrepreneurship basics
- Turning ideas into a business
- Analyzing the market
- Market research
- The marketing and advertising plan
- Business designs and branding
- Business finances
- Operating and management
- Creating a business plan
The download is made up of more than 300 pages of readings, lectures, worksheets, projects, presentations, quizzes, and tests. Every lesson includes step-by-step instructions and all of the materials are included — meaning you don’t need to create anything on your own.
Overall, this option is the most robust in terms of the number of lessons and instructional resources you’ll get. But unlike the previous ones we listed, this product isn’t free -- Tech Twins lists these lessons on entrepreneurship at a whopping $135.
If you’re teaching a semester class strictly dedicated to the topics included, that might be worth it.
But if you’re like most introduction to business teachers looking for entrepreneurship lessons to mix in with your other business lessons, that price tag might not be justifiable.
The Entrepreneurship module from Business&ITCenter21 gives students a great introduction to entrepreneurship and the characteristics of an entrepreneur.
The module is made up of seven lessons and four activities, broken into these units:
- Being an Entrepreneur
- Evaluating the Market
- Running a Business
Each unit includes interactive lessons that give you and your students flexibility of how and when they are completed. In addition, each unit has formative and summative assessments which the system automatically grades and keeps track of for you.
You will also find extra resources like classroom activities and PowerPoint presentations to supplement your lessons. Overall, this module is the perfect fit for a teacher looking for a resource that fits well into their introduction to business classes.
The best part about Business&ITCenter21 is that it includes so much more than just entrepreneurship lessons. It’s a full-fledged curriculum you can use to teach topics like professionalism, customer service, and management!
Altogether Business&ITCenter21 contains more than 200 hours-worth of instructional materials to teach business concepts and career skills. Plus, there’s an additional 170 hours of content to teach computer applications that you can mix into your classes.
Every unit includes a variety of digital lessons, hands-on activities, and automatically graded assessments – all of which are readily available from a web browser.
Because the system is digital, it’s regularly updated with new information to ensure your lessons are always current and relevant. That means you won’t need to go searching for a new resource as your course standards change!
With easy-to-use resources, up-to-date information, and a full Learning Management System, Business&ITCenter21 makes your life easier when teaching business education.
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