All You Need to Provide Elementary Students with an Entrepreneurship Experience

Looking for a fresh unit to engage 4th and 5th graders? This program provides a way for young students to be exposed to (and empowered by) entrepreneurship. The freshINCedu program includes curricular materials and support for teachers to guide students through the process of creating and launching a business in this project-based unit of study.

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Student Journey from Creation to Transaction

This program provides a way for young students to be exposed to (and empowered by) entrepreneurship. Students work in teams to develop a product, pitch their idea, and launch their business. The starting point for creation is ‘reduce, reuse, or recycle’ – which tends to inspire discussion and innovation around social good. The unit culminates in a ‘pop-up’ marketplace experience where students sell their products. The classroom teachers collaborate with volunteer business professionals who mentor student teams, provide real-world context, and champion student efforts.

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Phase 1

See a problem, need or want
Students in auditorium

Phase 2

Design a Solution
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Phase 3

Pitch a Business Idea
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Phase 4

Make the Solution
Students working on project

Phase 5

Sell the Solution
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Phase 6

Reflect on Learning

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Create Entrepreneurs, Not Test Takers

Create dialogue around each students’ individual strengths, capabilities, and interests as an entrepreneur. How can these qualities be applied towards working collectively as a team to create something? How might these qualities spark future pursuits? Ultimately, foundational skills are being built:

Adaptability

Adaptability

Collaboration

Collaboration

Persistence

Persistence

Problem Solver

Problem Solver

Self-Assured

Self-Assured

Able Communicator

Able Communicator

Creativity

Creativity

More than ever, our youth need to develop strong social-emotional learning (SEL) skills as they navigate the complex world around them. Research supports the notion that when educators teach students how to identify, alleviate, and manage stress, students have a greater likelihood of intensified learning, avoiding negative behaviors, and achieving successful outcomes inside and outside the classroom.

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Program Overview + Highlights

Flexible Fit Into Your School Year

This project based learning unit aligns with standards for ELA, Math, and Social Studies frameworks.

Typically implemented over a 6-8 week time period, freshINCedu includes 25 lessons plus a one week sales period. The program, designed to be used by all students, can be flexible to run for one section 45 or 60 min in length or multiple 30 min sections. It can be extended to accommodate other schedules or be run as a summer course. No business teaching experience is required; freshINCedu is designed to train and support teachers of any discipline.  Students leave the class having built and launched a business and product via a real world marketplace. We provide the resources for the marketplace implementation via an online store or an event based pop-up store.  

Program Materials, Tools, & Support

  • Comprehensive digital library of materials and assessments, including lesson plans, project-based assessments, and rubrics
  • Access to a turnkey marketplace experience via an e-commerce website/platform for your students to sell their products, or through an event-based Pop-up marketplace guide
  • Communication materials to promote your students’ marketplace to the community
  • Volunteer recruitment materials, and specific mentor guidelines and training

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Membership & Pricing Structure

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Uncharted Learning is fee-based (by school, not individual student) and comparative to other curricular investments. Each program membership we offer includes a scope of implementation (onboarding) and comprehensive resources including lesson plans, activities, assessments, professional development, and ongoing support.

Curriculum, Training, & Program License

All member schools are provided online access to the program’s curriculum and support materials via a password-protected custom website. Your team is onboarded to ensure successful adoption and implementation and training and support is provided to the core teaching team.

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How Entrepreneurship Connects & Builds SEL

According to the Collaborative for Academic, Social, and Emotional Learning (CASEL), an organization that works toward integrated social-emotional learning for preschool through high school, “social-emotional learning (SEL) is the process through which children and adults acquire and effectively apply the knowledge, attitudes, and skills necessary to understand and manage emotions, set and achieve positive goals, feel and show empathy for others, establish and maintain positive relationships, and make responsible decisions.”

Foundational to entrepreneurship are these skills. So, teaching and building competency around these skills through entrepreneurship can be powerful. Our ‘entrepreneurship stack’ is the collection of entrepreneurial content, skills & knowledge, behaviors and mindsets that become student outcomes: teamwork, empathy, listening and communicating, and rising to the challenge of accepting failure.

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Building a Strong SEL Foundation

Self-Awareness

Self-Awareness

SEL-awareness is an individual focus on emotions and how they affect behavior. As students, this includes recognizing stress and negative emotions and separating the two into cause and effect scenarios. CASEL states self-awareness as a “well-grounded sense of self-efficacy and optimism.”

Self-Management

Self-Management

Regulating feelings and behaviors is considered self-management. This can include controlling anger, outbursts, accepting criticism, managing stress, and staying motivated and positive in the face of negativity.

Social Awareness

Social Awareness

What is happening in the space around students? Social awareness is focused on looking outward and being a source of empathy for others. Respecting and acknowledging differences and similarities alike.

Relationship Skills

Relationship Skills

Humans are very complex and maintaining and fostering healthy relationships requires compromise, listening, conflict resolution, and strong communication.

Decision Making

Decision Making

Decisiveness is about responsibility in making safe, healthy choices that uphold individual positive and personal values. It also takes into consideration the personal values and well-being of others.