Assignments for 8th Grade Middle School Business Education and Computer Science Education

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April 20, 2018 Friday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Finish helping your citizens with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.

April 19, 2018 Thursday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Finish helping your citizens with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.

April 18, 2018 Wednesday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing while watching the video on Global Economics.

2.   Today we continue Chapter 5 (Global Economics) with a lesson 3 on
The Flow of Economics


3. You have arrived!  You have been elected MAYOR of your town.  Your citizens need you badly with help with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.


8a Class Code:   101d4b01 
8b Class Code:   2484f50f 
  1. Username: student#.8
  2. Password: crews1


April 17, 2018 Tuesday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing while watching the video on Global Economics.

2.   Today we continue Chapter 5 (Global Economics) with a lesson 2 on
The Flow of Economics


3. You have arrived!  You have been elected MAYOR of your town.  Your citizens need you badly with help with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.


8a Class Code:   101d4b01 
8b Class Code:   2484f50f 
  1. Username: student#.8
  2. Password: crews1


April 16, 2018 Monday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing while watching the video on Global Economics.

2.   Today we start Chapter 5 (Global Economics) with a lesson 1 on
Economic Systems


3. You have arrived!  You have been elected MAYOR of your town.  Your citizens need you badly with help with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.


8a Class Code:   101d4b01 
8b Class Code:   2484f50f 
  1. Username: student#.8
  2. Password: crews1


April 12, 2018 Friday - Shopping, Investing, and Staring a Business.  You are the Mayor!
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

2.   Today we finish Chapter 4 with a lesson 4 on Identity Theft
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

3. You have arrived!  You have been elected MAYOR of your town.  Your citizens need you badly with help with shopping, paying their bills, investing the money, and growing their business.  Lets see how you will do.


8a Class Code:   101d4b01 
8b Class Code:   2484f50f 
  1. Username: student#.8
  2. Password: crews1


April 11, 2018 Thursday - Foundations in Personal Finance
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

2.   Have you finished Chapter 1, 2, & 3?  Today work on Chapter 4-1, 4-2, and 4-3 and take the quizzes.
Watch today's Insurance Video:
https://edpuzzle.com/media/5acf9001cf273f4101290b3e
April 11, 2018 Wednesday - Stock Market "On Your Parent's Birthday" Lesson!)
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

2. Research your favorite Shoe , Food, Entertainment, Transportation, and Technology copies to find what they are worth along with what their stocks were when your parents were born.  Create a chart to show them what it would be work if they had purchased 1000 Shares in each.
https://edpuzzle.com/media/5ace06d5ed45a640f1eebefe Video#3 
April 10, 2018 Tuesday - Stock Market "On Your Birthday" Lesson!)
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

2. Watch today's Video Assignment to finish the
Google Sheet and to create a line chart with data labels and a text box reflection paragraph.
https://edpuzzle.com/media/5acbdb23a7f96140eb064d12 Video#2 
April 9, 2018 Monday - Welcome Back! - Stock Market: What could have been Lesson)
1. Open Typing Club site and type today's notes for the Chapter and lesson we are doing.

2. Watch today's Video Assignment to learn about the value of stocks over time.
https://edpuzzle.com/media/5a0cbceb979daa40e60e72ac


https://www.econedlink.org/interactives/tools/eel-compound-interest-calculator/EconEdLink-2-Compound-Interest-Calculator.swf

Watch Today's Foundations of Personal Finance video: and take the online quiz
 Then Next, *open Google Drive and journal today's important financial statements along with answering today's Journal question. *xtracredit

Thursday & Friday, 3/22-23
Chapter 4 (Lesson 2):
Investing Products

Wednesday, 3/21
Chapter 4 (Lesson 1): Saving vs. Investing
Monday, 3/19
Print your 3 quiz grades in Google Sheets. No line graph is necessary.
Wed. 3/14
Chapter 3 (lesson 3): Entrepreneurship

Tue. 3/13:
Chapter 3 (lesson2):Earning an Income
Good grades now will help you make more money later.
Mon.  3/12:
Chapter 3 (Lesson 1):What are you going to do?
With a plan, your dream job can become a reality.

Mon.  2/26:
Chapter 2 (Lesson 3):The Truth about Credit Scores
Wed./Thur  2/21-22:
Chapter 2 (Lesson 2):The Danger's of Debt
Tuesday  2/20: (Lesson 1)
Chapter 2 (Credit & Debt): Credit Concerns
Print out the 5 Quiz Grades in Google Sheets
How to Create and Print a Google Sheet

Friday  2/16:
Chapter 1: Giving to Others
Thursday  2/15:
Chapter 1: Money Matters
Wednesday  2/14:
Chapter 1: A Money Plan
Tuesday 2/13:
Chapter 1: Cash in the Bank
Monday 2/12:
Chapter 1 (Saving & Budgeting): Get Smart with Money
Business Requirements - Create the following Items for your Business:

Tuesday - 3/27 (Shark Tank)
Shark Tank Slide Show - Google Slide Show
Gwinnett Daily Post Article

Shark Tank Survey

Your Hand written thank you notes are due TODAY!

Dagon Den Video
Monday - 3/26
Final Pitch Practice Day
1.  Find your folder with your business cards
2.  Print Pitch and or Flyer for the event tomorrow
3.  Remember to dress for success


Wednesday - Friday, 3/21-23
Pitch Practice: Day 2 - Know Your Problem
Rubric
  1. Did you answer what problem you are solving in a clever and catchy way.?
  2. Did you answer how your business solves that problem?
  3. Did you explain how you will sell your product?
  4. Did you explain what your strategy is for getting the word out to people?

Tuesday, 3/20
Pitch Practice: Day 1 - Timing and Content
Rubric: 
  1. (Speed) Slow down it's okay to read the pitch at first but eventually, it needs to be memorized to be much more natural in tone.

  2. Speak Clearly make sure you are articulating your words
  3. .
  4. Speak up (Voice Volume) You must be heard and using voice inflection can be very important.

  5. Pause for dramatic effects after big statements pause for 1 second to allow the listener to let things sink in.
  6. Make eye contact Don't look down too much but don't just look at one person either.
Link to rubric: (h:/8thgrade/Shark Tank/Shark Tank Pitch Guide and Rubric.pub)
Monday, 3/19
Pitch Pre-test:
Have someone film yourself giving the pitch for the first time so we can compare the first pitch to the last pitch practice day next week.  Save in your Google Drive then share with rhames@crews.org

Friday, 3/16 - Part V
- Money and Giving Back

What will you charge your customers so you will make money (explain how you came up with that price) and how do you plan to give back to a charity?  Which charity?


Thursday, 3/15 - Part IV - Unique / Primary Customers

In 2 separate paragraphs, talk about what is unique about your business that will cause people to miss out if you do not use product/service?

Finally, discuss your target customers.  Describe their age, gender, likes/dislikes and why they would be your raving customers!

Video: TeePee Tent - Tree Watering Device


Wednesday, 3/14
- Part III - Pitch Challenge / experience, passion, personal story.

Questions to answer: (answer both questions)

1.  What is your passion and experience with your business that makes you qualified to run this business.

2.  Share a personal story that we will remember that connects you to your business.

Video: Bounce BootCamp Exercise


Tuesday, 3/13 -
Write PART II of the Pitch Challenge
1.  Label this part: Solving the problem!
Include the key benefits of your solution

Video:

Monday, 3/12 - Video-What is Shark Tank at Crews?
1. Shark Tank - Pitch Challenge - Use Google Docs to: (type your name at the top along with - Pitch Challenge as the title.

Part I: Leading with the Problem

1.  Describe the problem your business solves.
Example#1: Tell a compelling story about the typical person who wants/needs .... but there just is not anyone like you out there to help them. 
Example#2:  Start by asking a key question.  Do you wish you could have "date night" and not worry about your child's time at home?"
Example#3:  State a statistical facts to back up the problem.  Did you know there are over 76 million people who are always looking for lawn care in just Snellville?

Video1: Flower Problem
Video2: Food for Dogs
Video3: Better Lunch Box
Video4: SnapCaps
Video5: Smile Sugar Scrub

What is Monroe's Motivated Sequence? Image

Thursday-Friday, 3/8 - 3/9
1. Create your company Business Card and print a draft
Video- How to Create a Business Card using MS Publisher

2. Template: Download this Business Card Template.pub
Wednesday, 3/7
1. Add a picture to each of your posts that you did yesterday.
2. Create a promotional Flyer (Video of How to upload the FLYER to Weebly) that could be printed and posted, mailed, or given out to customers promoting your product or service.  Be sure it CLEARLY communicates what you are selling (problem you are solving) and how it would benefit the customer.  Do it in Google Drawing

Tuesday, 3/6
Add your video to your homepage or a new page you call commercial (embed the code)

Create a NEW page (Blog) - Video-How to create a BLOG
Post your first post called "First step in Starting a Business"
Write 1 paragraph on what advice you would give to someone starting a business. *optional- Add a picture

Create a 2nd post called "Naming A Business" Write one or more sentences on how to name a business and how you came up with your name of your business. *optional - Add a picture

Create a 3rd post (extra credit) Topic of your choice.  Maybe a post that would help give the reader tips to help them learn more about the industry you represent.


Monday 3/5


Submit your Business ADD your web URL Address to this Google Form link

then...

Create a commercial for your business using Powtoon.

Requirements: (Video-How to make a PowToon Video)
1. Must be 30 second to 1 min. in length
2. Must include your name, company name, and slogan on first or last of the video
3. Must include music in background
4. Must clearly persuade the viewer of your superior service or product.
5.  Must be embedded in your weebly page under a new page called "Commercial"

Wed. 2/28
1.  Continue to Build your "
About Us" page using Adobe Spark 

2.  Create a free Adobe Spark account using your Google Account

3.  Use the guideline page to finish your Adobe Spark Page - guidelines

4. Video of "How to use Adobe Spark

Frid-Mon. 2/26
1.  Continue to build a quality website: homepage.  Follow these guidelines.  + Video-How to make a Weebly Website

Wed. /Thurs.- 2/21 & 2/22
1.  Setup your website:
  1. Username:  student#.8
  2. Password:    student#.8

Tue. - 2/20
1.  Business Basics Document.
Print out a Google Doc. Document with your name at the top with the following: 1. Your company Name .jpg image inserted. 2.  You company's tagline.  3.  Your company's mission statement. 

Fri.- 2/16
1.  Mission Statement...
What is going to be your Company's mission?  Think of 1 strong statement that tells what your company is all about.  How do you write a good mission statement?

Thurs: 2/15
1.  Tagline...
What is going to be your Company's tagline (or slogan?)  Think of 1-3 different ones before deciding on just one.  Tagline Examples - 49 great examples... but don't steal.


Wed: 2/14

1.  Font, Colors (3)... Save your images as jpg or png file types.

Tuesday: 2/13

1. Create a LOGO for your Business
2. See: Video: What makes for a truly a great Logo!


Help PowerPoint tools:
  1. Part1- Learn and use PowerPoint Word Art:
    Learning Labs: PowerPoint Tool- Part 1
  2. Part2- Transparent and PNG Images:
    Learning Labs: PowerPoint Tool- Part 2
  3. Part3- Shape tool LOGO Creation:
    Learning Labs: PowerPoint Tool- Part 3

Monday: 2/12

1.  Design a Company Name using PowerPoint:
Use 3 slides for 3 different names (must look different even if you have settled on one name)

2.  Watch this video for some insight into a Company Name.



 
Slide from Crews Consultant Day - Tuesday, February 6, 2018
https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/e/2PACX-1vSjCQxHqHJ5rXi_kkBqdnmP0vsCKFc81sIpdYSMVzX94fj6aiQSpVkQqAQs5mmAqX9pr8h76vC2Sv5k/embed?start=true&loop=true&delayms=3000
  1. Consultant Interview Feedback Form:
  2. Student Summary Worksheet
  3. Venn Diagram
  1. Open your Food Truck Business in Venture:
    1. Username: student#.8
    2. Password: money1
    3. New Password: crews1

  2. Lesson 1: (Building a Balanced Budget)
      Fixed Vs. Variable Expense
      Balanced Budget
      Earned Income
      Wants V. Needs
      Taxes (Fed. State & Local)
      Startup Capital
      Budget  (Spending Plan)
    Lesson 2: The Entrepreneur in You
    1. Entrepreneurship
    2. Assets
    3. Business Plan
    4. Risk
    5. Characteristics and Skills
    Lesson 3: Planning & Building a Business answer key
    1. Business opportunities
    2. Market research and competition
    3. Building a team
    4. Growing a business
    5. Business expenses
    6. Value proposition and the marketing mix
    Lesson 4: Your Business Snapshot
    1. Elements of a great pitch
    2. Building a Business Pitch
Turn in Order: (please staple in this order)

1.  Mind Map
2.  Caines' Arcade
3.  $100 Business Idea
4.  Business Letter
5.  Student Profile

other:
Video: What makes for a truly a great Logo!
Day 12-13 (Thursday): Brain Storming Business Ideas
  1. Watch one or both of these two videos:
    1. Sneaker Money (Pawn Shop) - Young entrepreneur buys and sells collectable Shoes
    2. Bee-Sweet Lemonade Drink - Stung by a bee and now has a national business
    3. Wait in Line - Fast Pass Bar-B-Que {service business}
    4. LeAnne Archer - Hair Care Product for Girls
    5. Sweet Bee Sisters - Using HONEY from Bees to make products
    6. Greyson MacLean - BrickStix - STickers for LEGO Bricks
    7. BeauxUp- Jake Johnson's Bow Ties for the young daper men
    8. Noa Mintz(Baby Sitting - Agent) -  {service business}
    9. Twins - Sweets - Bakery Business and cake decorating
    10. Tech-Master Computer Works - building computers for others {service business}
    11. Amanda-Teen Bus - Animal sitting Business {service business}
    12. LawnCare Teen Bus. - Dylan's Grass Cutting Business {service business}
    13. Jaxmyn - Family Bus. - Working for your family in a family business
    14. Musical Sister - Playing an instrument for money {service business}
    15. Man Candles - Smells guys will like
    16. Jewlery Making - Art by Christian
    17. Mrs. O and Friends Website for Girls ONLY- Juliette Brindak helps girls cope {service business}
    18. Kids Kitchen Camp - Learn to cook in a fun camp atmosphere {service business}
    19. Craft Businesses (3) - Aprons, Hoola Hoops, and Jewlery
    20. Basketball Holder - Carring your basketball down street in a new way
    21. Bryan's Dog Biscuits- Food for animals
    22. Walt Disney - What made him a great entrepreneur?
  2. Finish 10 questions from Yellow Entrepreneur book and print it out.
  3. Work on Microtype Lessons 1-10
 
Day11: Brain Storming Business Ideas
  1. Print Google Sheet showing Keyboarding Quiz Grade: Video - see Instructional Video
  2. Watch one or both of these two videos:
    1. Sneaker Money (Pawn Shop) - Young entreprenue buys and sells collectable Shoes
    2. Bee-Sweet Lemonade Drink - Stung by a bee and now has a national business
  3. Finish 10 questions from Yellow Entrepreneur book and print it out.
  4. Work on Microtype Lessons 1-10
Day10: Brain Storming Business Ideas
  1. Print Google Sheet showing Keyboarding Quiz Grade: Video - see Instructional Video
  2. Watch one or both of these two videos:
    1. Sneaker Money (Pawn Shop) - Young entreprenue buys and sells collectable Shoes
    2. Bee-Sweet Lemonade Drink - Stung by a bee and now has a national business
  3. Finish 10 questions from Yellow Entrepreneur book and print it out.
  4. Work on Microtype Lessons 1-10
Day6-9: Tues.-Fri.: Entrepreneurship!  What is it?
  1. Answer the quiz question for the day
  2. Create Google Sheet for EdPuzzle-Video Scores :see Instructional Video
  3. Follow these steps then copy the questions below to put in Google Doc:
  4. Type Your First Name & Last Name
                   and connection number (Example 8a-22)

    Title: Entrepreneurs

    1. What is an entrepreneur?
    2. What does the author mean when he says an entrepreneur "takes the initiative?"
    3. What does the word "innovators" mean in the 2nd paragraph?
    4. What is ONE thing you do that is unique to most other people?
    5. What did Fred Smith do to innovate the shipping industry?
    6. How did Larry Page and Sergey Brin innovate web search tools?
    7. How was Mark Zuckerberg's Facebook innovative?
    8. What good are replicative entrepreneurs?
    9. Name one problem you faced today or this past week?
    10. Name one thing that you wish was easier or faster or better?

 

Day6 Entrepreneurship!  What is it?
Watch Part I of Caine's Arcade and write down What you see as his Talents (skills) Creative, Engineer etc.., Passion(s), and Character Traits: Tenacity, Hard Worker, Creative, etc...

Day7
Continued...

Watch Part II of Caine's Arcade. Flip the paper over and write your own Talents, Passion(s), and Character Traits.  Now add to this list the word RESOURCES- What resources did Caine have at his disposal?  What resources do you have (list 10 or more)?
(Flash Speaker of the day:  Mr. Steve Ridley)

Day8
Watch 3M- Maddie Snap Caps.  What are 3 possible businesses you might do as a young entrepreneur thinking about your Talents, Passion(s), and Character Traits.

Parent Email sent home:
Hi Parents of: *|FNAME|* *|LNAME|*,

It is time to start the journey of finding the entrepreneur in your child. I am eager to find out their talents, passions in life and character qualities they already demonstrate that will help determine their entrepreneurial direction. Your child will be in a self discovery mode for the next few weeks to look at examples on the screen, in print, and in person as we have guests come in to talk about their own passions, talents, and character qualities. I thought it would be extremely helpful to hear from you the parent concerning what you see as their talents, passions and character qualities. I will print your responses for them to see AFTER they have completed the assignment first. This will see how closely they match and bring insight to them. I thought it would be fun to see it from both parents and possibly even siblings point of view. Thanks for participating in this fun way to encourage and guide our young entrepreneurs. Your Task: Please respond to this email - this week- no rush however. Take your time and give it some thought. Please respond with your Child's name and then list as many talents/skills your see in them. Second, talk about their passions. This is things that they do where time just flies by and they are given energy by doing it even though for others it would drain them. Finally, list some of their character qualities (these tell the story of their heart). It will be things, like tenacity, hard worker, honest, high achiever, compassionate, etc. Thank you so much for your very valuable time and participating in this exercise.
Day5: Writing a concise business letter
  1. Print Cyber Day Assignments and turn them into your wall.
  2. Finish work on Day1 letter to Mr. Hames  
    1. Add picture to the document
    2. bold/underline key words in each sentence
    3. Print the document
  3. Finish work on Microtype Lessons 1, 2, and 3
  4. Create Google Sheet to record Keyboarding Progress

 

Day4: Cindy Quinlan, Brookwood HS Entrepreneur Teacher
  1. Come prepared to create and innovate!

 

Day3: Writing a concise business letter
  1. Finish work on Day1 letter to Mr. Hames  
    1. Add picture to the document
    2. bold/underline key words in each sentence
    3. Print the document
  2. Finish work on Microtype Lessons 1, 2, and 3

 

 
Day2: Writing a concise business letter
Microtype Video - Getting Started
  1. Introductions and class seating arranged
  2. Register for Google Drive Account
  3. Take Syllabus home to be signed
  4. Reminder: Earbuds for class are required.
Day1: Writing a concise business letter
Microtype Video - Getting Started
  1. Introductions and class seating arranged
  2. Student complete page of the Student Profile
  3. Take Syllabus home to be signed
  4. Reminder: Earbuds for class are required.
 
"Again this year at Crews students are learning what it means to be entrepreneurial. In Mr. Hames' class they are studying entrepreneurship by actually making a real business and taking it to real business minded adults. These are not just any adult. They are community minded professionals but more importantly business and servant-heart leaders who want to give back the same way they have been blessed by their community. Mr. Hames' takes 60+ eighth graders each semester and after only a few short weeks has them running a real business in their spare time. Students might sell products like jewelry, or preform a services like lawn care. Their ideas must be creative, unique, and give back in some way to their community. Every student must have a detailed business plan and then pitch their idea to the entire class for advice. Students comment online about their peer's business pitch and act as venture capitalist themselves looking at the details of each business. Students then get a chance to meet actual business owners in Crews' own version of Shark Tank where business executives give their advice and recommendations to the students. Their mentorship and feedback are priceless as they learn to set S.M.A.R.T. goals and the art of the pitch - elevator pitch. In the end, students realize there is nothing like making it real in Mr. Hames' class."
spark example index2016.html

ighth grade business students in Mr. Hames' classroom - "BizKids" as we refer to you as - are going to be immersed in business training that will stretch your imagination and creativity as you enter the world of Entrepreneurship.  You will be asked to

Take the Quiz.

create an actual company from your talent, interests, and passion.  Your work must be innovative and value driven.  First we learn what are some of the characteristics of successful entrepreneurs and then we see if you already possess these qualities by taking a short quiz.  You will work on developing a business plan and write out a pitch that will be delivered to our own Crews Business Consultants to get their advice about your business plan.  You will also learn about how the global economy works by building your own stock portfolio and managing a self made mutual fund.  Your role as a stock portfolio manager will demonstrate the amazing benefits of compound interest and the "Rule of 72" as it relates to investing.  Along the way you will also create your own business cards, flyers, and even your very own business website to aid your new company. 
This experience should be one you never forget.

   
   
   



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