All resources in Middle School Special Courses/Electives

Marketing to Teens

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Students understand how pervasive and influential advertising is in our culture and how teenagers are actively targeted by advertisers. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the many different types of advertisements they encounter daily. Student will explain how they, as consumers, are influenced by commercial messages.

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Author: Charity Laboucan and Tracy Duncan, Planned Parenthood Edmonton, and Sonya Thompson, Film Classification Services, Alberta Community Development

Create Your Own Business Card

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Students will create a business card for themselves. The card should help others know and remember them. Ideally it should convey a sense of who they are, what they do, and their interests: cheerleader, history buff, teacher's assistant, class president, hall monitor, avid reader, or the only boy in a family of seven girls!

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Author: DCMS Technology Education

How Computers Work

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Students will develop a basic sense of how computers work by having them act out a simple computer simulation. Each student takes on the role of a different part of a simplified computer and they work in groups to run a simple program. The end result of this program is to draw a picture on a simulated computer display. It is designed for groups of 3 students, although it can be adapted to work as an individual activity or with groups of 2-4. The simulations focuses on the Central Processing Unit (CPU), the Arithmetic Logic Unit (ALU), and the Display.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Gary Kacmarcik

Privacy and Internet Life

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Students learn about online privacy issues, primarily those relating to giving out personal information on social networking websites such as Facebook. Students will learn to assess the various types of information they provide in Facebook profiles, along with the different levels of access. They will examine the potential risks and consequences of posting personal information on the Internet, and become more aware of how to protect their privacy.

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Author: Matthew Johnson

A Moo-ving Experience

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Students gain an understanding about non-profit organizations and the role they play in our economy. Students then learn about a relatively new type of fundraising effort, known as CowParade©, for non- profit organizations that has been successful in a number of cities around the world. Students adapt CowParade for their own community.

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Author: Cheryl McGaughey

Competition: Pizza!

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Students will learn about competition in the market place. They will understand that competition takes place when there are many buyers and sellers of similar products. They will discuss how competition among sellers results in lower costs and prices, higher product quality, and better customer service.

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Author: Connections Cross-Curricular

Economic Spotter: Inventors and Entrepreneurs in the Industrial Age

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The Industrial Age has also been called the Age of Edison. Edison patented more than 1000 inventions and gave rise to three industries: electric utilities, phonograph and record companies, and the film industry. This lesson will help students see the relationship between inventors, innovators, entrepreneurs, and industries. Students will also identify entrepreneurial characteristics.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Mickey Ebert

Marketing to Teens: Marketing Tactics

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Students develop an awareness of marketing tactics aimed at teens through the creation of their own mock advertising campaigns. Students will demonstrate an awareness of the influential nature of ads. Students will identify specific advertising tactics geared to teenagers. Students will explain how they are influenced by commercial messages.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Charity Laboucan and Tracy Duncan, Planned Parenthood Edmonton, and Sonya Thompson, Film Classification Services, Alberta Community Development

It's a Job Getting A Job

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It's a job getting a job and Biz Kids is here to help. Learn tips and tricks for writing a great resume, dressing for success, and nailing the interview. Get the inside scoop on what employers look for from a young entrepreneur who manages 200 employees.

Material Type: Lesson Plan

Author: Biz Kids