Finding Funds for a Field Trip
Lesson: Thematic and Interdisciplinary
Theme: Creating a business
Disciplines: Math, Technology, Reading, Social Studies, Economics, Writing, and Art
Grade Level: 4 - 6
Duration: 60 minute periods – two weeks for creating the business – one week for
Materials Needed: computer, poster paper, Microsoft Excel, markers, poster board, city
map, Internet access, word processing program, and materials needed for recipe
Software: Ice Cream Truck
Internet Link: www.youngandsuccessful.com, www.kidsmoney.org, www.themint.org,
The purpose of this lesson is to explore the principles of economics in running a business.
By creating their own business and manipulating economic variables, students will
become more aware of the complexity of managing a business and be better informed
Long Term Goal:
Students will become proficient in managing a business and using data analysis in
spreadsheets and charts. (Show-Me Standards Mathematics 3 and 6; Goals 1.4, 1.6, 1.8,
1.10, 2.5, 3.1, 3.2. 3.8, 4.8.)
Short Term Objectives:
Students will explore running a business and the economic principles of supply and
demand, profit and loss, and marketing.
Students will understand the creation of a spreadsheet and chart to keep track of
expenses, profits, and losses.
Students will learn effective verbal communication skills.
Prompt: Your class would like to raise funds to take a field trip during the school year.
You will need to start a business to help raise money with three other classmates. You
may review Internet sites and use the software called Ice Cream Truck to help you
understand how to begin a business of your own. You should use spreadsheets or charts
to show your expenses, profits, and losses. Decide on a name for your business, logo, and
slogan. You should conduct a survey to determine your target market and use a chart,
graph, or word processing program to report the results. You will need to word process a
business letter to a company requesting funding to help you get your business started
following the steps in the writing process. You should make a neighborhood map which
shows the area you will be selling your product in. You may use local city maps to help
you design your map. Design a poster, jingle, commercial, or brochure to advertise your
business. Develop a five-year plan for your business so your school can continue to use
and expand the business to raise money for field trips. Plan a group presentation for the
class so you can introduce your business to the class before you open for business.
Teacher will read the book Frannie’s Fruits to introduce the project to the class and
establish set. Class discussion about the book should include why Frannie’s family set
the prices they did for their fruit and vegetable stand and location of their business.
Students will review Internet sites on starting a business.
Students will increase a recipe to make enough of their product to sell.
Students will design a business with a name, logo, and slogan.
Students will word process a business letter to a company requesting funding to help start
Students will conduct a survey to determine their target market and report results through
the use of a spreadsheet or chart.
Students will make a neighborhood map which shows the area they will be selling their
Students will keep track of expenses, profits, and losses on a spreadsheet or chart.
Students will design a poster, brochure, slogan, or jingle to advertise their business.
Students will develop a five-year plan for the business so your school can continue to use
and expand the business to raise money for field trips.
Assessment: Scoring Guides