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Project-Based Learning (PBL)

Entrepreneurial Education: The Successful Investor Project

An economics educator teaches his students to be smart money managers and businesspeople.

October 2, 2008

Economics teacher Greg Fisher finds that the best way to teach financial literacy is to help students actually create their own business. He uses the following materials (presented here as PDFs) in his senior-year course at the California Academy of Math and Science, in Carson, California:


Successful Investor Project Overview

Curriculum Guide

Classroom Handouts

Financial-Vocabulary Glossary

Business-Plan Outline

Senior Class Project: Business Plan

Problem Identification


Business-Convention Rubric

Business-Plan Rubric

Final Group-Presentation Grading Guide

Business Convention Judge's Worksheet

Activity Sheets

Activity: Identifying Strong Attributes of an Entrepreneurial Opportunity

Activity: Describe Your Business Opportunity

Activity: Interests as Possible Business Opportunities

Activity: Brainstorming for Business Ideas

Activity: Getting the Feel of Your Business

Classroom Presentation

Entrepreneurship presentation

External Project Presentation

Successful Investor presentation

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