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Planning Tools

The Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum is designed with flexibility in mind. You can implement it in a variety of ways. Get equipped to make it happen with our pacing guides, sample roadmaps and unit guides.



  • Materials List
  • Optional: Roadmap
  • Optional: Pacing Guide

  • Lesson Themes
  • You are the entrepreneur of your classroom!

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Classroom Currency

In the YE classroom, we bring markets to life by implementing a classroom economy. Central to the classroom economy is our own currency. Here’s why it helps students, plus how to make currency part of your own YE class.



  • Materials List
  • YE Dollar
  • YE Bond

  • Lesson Themes
  • Introduce currency to your students.

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Foundational Values: Behavior Model

At Youth Entrepreneurs, the principles that guide behavior are called Foundational Values. These YE values are central to our curriculum and significant in helping our students grow.  Learn about the Foundational Values Behavior Model. 


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Foundational Values Reflection

At Youth Entrepreneurs, the principles that guide behavior are called Foundational Values. These YE values are central to our curriculum and significant in helping our students grow. 


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Codec

Explore the Codec, to engage your students in entrepreneurial learning.


  • Materials List
  • Codec

  • Lesson Themes
  • YE Foundational Values, Market Measure, The Four S's and Ricardo's Law

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FV: Win-Win Focus

The Youth Entrepreneurs value “Be principled” teaches students integrity, respect and toleration. Approaching life and work with principles leads to long-term success. In this series you will learn about this value and how to apply it in your classroom.


  • Lesson Themes
  • Win-Win Focus – Cooperation creates real value in society — for yourself and others.

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FV: Sound Judgment

Foundational Value Sound Judgment: Use economic thinking to create the greatest benefit while using the least resources.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Opportunity

Foundational Value Opportunity: You make your own opportunities.


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  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Passion

Foundational Value Passion: Find fulfillment in your life by improving the lives of others.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Freedom

Foundational Value Freedom: Respect the rights of others and study the links between freedom, entrepreneurship and societal well-being.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Knowledge

Foundational Value Knowledge: Seek and use the best knowledge, drive change that benefits others, and exemplify humility and intellectual honesty.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Be Principled

Foundational Value Be Principled: Always act with integrity, respect and toleration.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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FV: Responsibility

Foundational Value Responsibility: Take responsibility for your own life. No one will ever be as concerned about your success as you.


  • Lesson Themes
  • The YE Foundational Values are at the heart of everything we do.
  • The Foundational Values were developed with the elements of a flourishing society in mind.
  • These eight values capture practical concepts that students can apply to their own lives.

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Foundational Values: How To Guide

At Youth Entrepreneurs, the principles that guide behavior are called Foundational Values. These YE values are central to our curriculum and significant in helping our students grow.  Learn how to use the Youth Entrepreneur’s eight guiding Foundational Values in your classroom. 


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The Creativity Minute

This activity is all about developing our brains in a way that allows us to be creative problem-solvers.  


  • Materials List
  • Creativity Minute PowerPoint
  • Creativity Minute handout (optional)

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Creativity Minute is great bell-ringer that gives students an opportunity to regularly work to develop their creativity.
  • In the activity students will look at a basic shape or set of lines and brainstorm ideas, creating a vision for what the shape could be or represent.

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S.M.A.R.T. Goals

During this activity, students will examine the difference between a well-written S.M.A.R.T. goal and a poorly written goal.


  • Materials List
  • Journal or Notebook (where goals can be written and easily reviewed)
  • Student Handouts: “What do S.M.A.R.T. goals look like?”, “Practice Writing S.M.A.R.T. Goals.”
  • Example cards – cut out goal example cards, one set per student or pair of students

  • Lesson Themes
  • Students will write S.M.A.R.T goals for the purpose of setting personal goals.
  • Students will write S.M.A.R.T goals for the purpose of setting goals for their Market Day business.
  • Students will write S.M.A.R.T goals for a prospective business or a business they are currently operating.

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Three-Legged Stool

In this lesson students will learn about the three-legged stool. The three-legged stool is an analogy for three things all businesses need to sustain long-term success. All businesses need “Raving-Fan Customers”, “Gung-Ho Employees” and “Financial Success”. Without any one of the three, the business will fail or fall just like a three-legged stool without one of its legs.


  • Materials List
  • Three-Legged Stool: Three Things for Business Success PowerPoint
  • Three-Legged Stool Graphic Organizer

  • Lesson Themes
  • The three-legged stool lesson ties in nicely with the CPV Triangle and a discussion of win-win transactions.
  • One of the beauties of this lesson is its simplicity. It is a lesson students can easily remember and carry with them, something they can easily reflect on in assessing their business.

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Zoom

Zoom illustrates the costs and barriers to exchanging needed knowledge and information in a fun, interactive way.


  • Materials List
  • 2 copies of Zoom by Istvan Banyai
  • Incentive (YE dollars, candy, money, gift cards, etc.)

  • Lesson Themes
  • Zoom should be used at the beginning of the school year following Cowboy Inkblot and Find the Numbers.
  • Though there is no prior knowledge required for the students, the debrief discussion is aided by having discussed shared vision.

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Human Treasure Hunt

This is an activity to help your students get to know one another better and practice their soft skills.


  • Materials List
  • Human Treasure Hunt Handout
  • Writing Utensils
  • Timer

  • Lesson Themes
  • It is best to use this lesson within the first week of class.
  • This lesson is part of the overall Networking and Soft Skills discussion.
  • Students do not need prior knowledge to do this activity.

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Personal Branding Project

This is a project to help your students understand brands and create a brand for themselves. This is a good time to discuss why creating a brand for yourself is important.


  • Materials List
  • The materials required for this project will depend on what you ask your students to create.

  • Lesson Themes
  • It is best to use this lesson within the rst few weeks of class.
  • This is great way for your students to understand basic business terms, branding and personal assessment (SWOT – strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats).

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What's in a Handshake?

For most of us adults, a handshake is simple, easy, and it comes naturally. That is not the case for most of our students. And unfortunately, there are a lot of ways a handshake can go wrong. Handshakes are very important in a professional environment.


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  • N/A

  • Lesson Themes
  • It is best to use this lesson within the first week of class.
  • This lesson is part of the overall Networking and Soft Skills discussion.

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Marshmallow Towers

Marshmallow Towers is an activity that allows your students to gain a basic understanding of different business structures. Students, working in groups, are randomly assigned a business structure. The goal of their business is to build the tallest tower using only the provided resources.


  • Materials List
  • Toothpicks - enough for each group to have 20
  • White marshmallows - enough for each group to have 20
  • Color marshmallows - enough for each group to have 20

  • Lesson Themes
  • You can use this lesson anytime depending on what you want to emphasize.

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PIT With Namecards

Pit is a fast-paced card game designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities. If you are familiar with this classic game, be aware that we don’t necessarily play by the rules, as written. We use the game as a way for students to learn about trade, simple negotiations, and focusing on the economic principle of comparative advantage. In this variation we use the concept of trade from Pit but NOT the Pit cards. Additionally, there is no buyer or seller needed. The purpose of this variation is to give your students the opportunity to practice the art of the trade while also getting to know their peers.


  • Materials List
  • Blank Notecards - 7 per student
  • YE Currency

  • Lesson Themes
  • This variation of Pit can be used throughout the school year in a number of ways.
  • It is best to do Pit with Name Cards within the first couple of days of class.

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Teaching Soft Skills

Soft skills are the personal attributes that complement an individual’s technical skill and knowledge. According to Career Builder, 77% of employers say that soft skills are just as important as hard skills. College professors identify the same skills as important to college success.


  • Materials List
  • See Activity Guide for Resources for Activities and Lessons

  • Lesson Themes
  • Soft skills include: Personal work ethic and integrity, legal and ethical responsibilities, interpersonal skills, etc.

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A Decade of Entrepreneurs

The Decade of Entrepreneurship activity affords your students the opportunity to research an entire decade worth of entrepreneurs and share that knowledge with their peers.


  • Materials List
  • Handout to explain activity and/or PowerPoint slide to display
  • Computers/laptops

  • Lesson Themes
  • Assign A Decade of Entrepreneurship after introducing your students to YE definition of entrepreneurship.

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100 Entrepreneurs

The 100 Entrepreneurs who Changed the World activity allows students the opportunity to independently research an entrepreneur from history who made an impact on their community, economy or the world.


  • Materials List
  • Handout to explain activity and/or PowerPoint slide to display
  • Computers/laptops

  • Lesson Themes
  • Assign 100 Entrepreneurs that Changed the World after introducing the YE definition of entrepreneurship to your students

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Invention Activity

There are many ways you can foster creativity in your students and the Invention Activity is one of them. In the Invention Activity there is no right or wrong, no impossible. There are no lines to color in. No box to stay in.


  • Materials List
  • Lesson Materials (See Activity Guide)
  • YE Currency and YE bonds

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Invention Activity can be used at any time throughout the school year.
  • The more your students practice innovation and creativity, the more likely they are to think outside the box.

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Innovation Activity

The Innovation activity gives the student an opportunity to take an existing product and improve it. When doing this activity it is important to remind students that innovation is not just creating new products, but improving existing products to meet new needs, demands, requirements, etc.


  • Materials List
  • Butcher paper/large flipchart paper
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • Sample of item chosen for innovation

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Innovation activity is most effective after discussing innovation and creative destruction.
  • The Innovation activity is one you can do throughout the duration of the course as it encourages creativity and problem solving.

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The Footwear Design Project

The Footwear Project is a fast-paced project leading students through the design thinking process. This project supports the same mindset, thinking and outcomes as The Extraordinaire’s project in less time (without needing The Extraordinaires Design Studio). Students pair up, show and tell each other about their footwear, ideate, and make a new solution that is “useful and meaningful” to their partner.


  • Materials List
  • The Footwear Design Packet
  • Colored Pencils

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Footwear Design Thinking Project can be used at anytime throughout your YE program.
  • Students do not require any prior knowledge to be successful at design thinking.

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The Extraordinaires - Design Thinking

The Extraordinaire’s Design Project is set-up in a way that guides students through the practices of sharing knowledge, showing incomplete work, accepting feedback, and focusing on the user.


  • Materials List
  • The Extraordinaries Cards; Extraordinaire Persona Cards, Project Cards and Think Cards
  • Graphic Organizers
  • Idea Pad Paper

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Extraordinaires Design Project can be used at anytime throughout your YE program.
  • Students do not require any prior knowledge to be successful at design thinking.
  • You can repeat this project as many time as you like throughout your program.

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Speak Out, Speak Back

Speak Out Cards afford students the opportunity to practice standing in front of others and speaking extemporaneously. There is little risk but high return for the students during this activity.


  • Materials List
  • Speak Out Cards
  • Timer
  • YE Currency

  • Lesson Themes
  • You can do Speak Out – Speak Back for the rst or last 15 minutes of class.

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Three Simple but Not Easy Questions

The following activity will challenge your students. Many of them will fail to answer correctly. Correct answers are not the goal of this activity. For the purpose of the Youth Entrepreneurs curriculum, it helps introduce and reinforce concepts related to Sound Judgment, Be Principled, and, if deployed in conjunction with the YE Classroom currency (YE dollars) it can create an Opportunity for the students to build wealth by solving problems.


  • Materials List
  • Notecards for each student to record answers
  • Three Simple but Not Easy Questions slide presentation
  • YE Currency

  • Lesson Themes
  • This lesson should be used within the rst week of class.

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Cowboy Inkblot and Find the Numbers

This lesson is all about vision and sharing knowledge. It is important that any group, organization or business communicates their vision, has a shared vision, and shares the knowledge required to reach common goals.


  • Materials List
  • Cowboy Inkblot and Find the Numbers PowerPoint
  • Optional: Cowboy Inkblot handout
  • Optional: Find the Numbers handout

  • Lesson Themes
  • You will want to do this lesson at the beginning of the year; ideally while introducing entrepreneurship.
  • Students do not need any prior knowledge.

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Money Bowl

Money Bowl provides an applicable example of greed while exploring the effects of communication and trust within a group.


  • Materials List
  • Large Bowl
  • Approx. 40 U.S. $1 bills or YE dollars
  • 5 Blindfolds

  • Lesson Themes
  • Money Bowl is best when used prior to starting discussions about the different types of economic systems.
  • The students do not need any prior knowledge to participate in Money Bowl.
  • You will want to watch Stossel in the Classroom after you have played Money Bowl.

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Pitch It

The purpose of Pitch It is to help students experiment with different product or service concepts and then try to convince customers to choose their idea based on the perception of value. This activity requires students to be creative, think quickly, and be persuasive.


  • Materials List
  • Pitch It customer and word pieces in resealable bags. You will need one set for each group of students
  • YE Currency
  • YE Bonds

  • Lesson Themes
  • Pitch It is an activity that can be used throughout the school year. Students do not need to have any prior knowledge.

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Speak Out Cards

Speak Out Cards afford students the opportunity to practice standing in front of others and speaking extemporaneously. There is little risk but high return for the students during this activity.


  • Materials List
  • Speak Out Cards
  • Timer
  • YE Currency

  • Lesson Themes
  • Speak Out – Speak Back can be used throughout the school year.
  • Students do not need any prior knowledge to be successful at Speak Out – Speak Back. Speak Out—Speak Back WITH SPEAK OUT CARDS Time You can do Speak Out – Speak Back for the rst or last 15 minutes of class. You can do a certain number of students each day. You can do it until each student has gone once. It really just depends on what you would like to do and the amount of time you have available. ~90 min

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9 Questions

The 9 questions were derived from a well-known tool used in business (BMC). The 9 questions remove the intimidating concepts and questions and replaces them with prompts students find much easier to answer. This model will aid in kick-starting the entrepreneurial mindset, giving students insight into what action should be taken to create value for themselves and others. Watch the video to see how these questions were once used in a slightly unconventional way.



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Business Model Canvas

YE instills an entrepreneurial vision in students. And as they create their own business ideas, the Business Model Canvas is a powerful tool to jumpstart the entrepreneurial process.



  • Materials List
  • Business Model Canvas
  • Post-it Notes

  • Lesson Themes
  • The BMC has nine building blocks.
  • The upper left side of the canvas is operations and management (Key Partners, Key Activities, Key Resources), the right side is customer focused (Value Proposition, Channels, Customer Relationships, & Customer Segments).
  • The bottom is financials (Cost Structure & Revenue Streams)

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Disruptus

Disruptus is a game that demonstrates the importance of being Opportunity Obsessed, Innovating and properly Aligned Value Creation. This activity puts the students in the position of knowing who their market is and properly aligning their innovation strategies with their market in order to create value for the customer, therefore creating value for themselves.



  • Materials List
  • Disruptus game
  • Game Handout
  • Whiteboard

  • Lesson Themes
  • Disruptus can be used at any time throughout the school year.
  • Disruptus is a great tool to use to get your students thinking about ideas for Market Day and Business Models.

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Negotiating Game

Negotiating skills can be important to the success in the marketplace of business owners and consumers.  In The Negotiating Game students will engage in buying and selling, making real transactions in order to experience what Win-Win looks and feels like, as well as looking at the market consequences.


  • Materials List
  • Large chart or poster paper, white board etc., with CPV Triangle template on it
  • Dry-Erase Marker or Sharpie appropriate for writing on board
  • Two small post-it notes or pieces of paper per student

  • Lesson Themes
  • One important thing to remember when negotiating is that, although we are representing our own interests, negotiating is about compromise and creating value in the marketplace through mutually beneficial exchange.

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Tennis Ball Factory

This experiment uses student participation to teach the concept of diminishing marginal returns. Students are told they will be the employees in a widget factory. This game works equally well in small classes (less than 30 students) and also large lectures (more than 250 students). You will need enough space to place the buckets 16-20 feet apart. If you do not have a large room, you may want to complete the activity in the hallway, outside or in the gym.



  • Materials List
  • 24-36 tennis balls
  • 2 five-gallon buckets
  • Whiteboard or other method for recording results

  • Lesson Themes
  • This lesson should be used during the Economics Unit and/or before Market Day.

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I, Pencil

I, Pencil offers teachers the opportunity to reiterate many of the themes of previous lessons, but with a specific emphasis on the market process, the invisible hand, spontaneous order, and voluntary cooperation. The key text for this lesson is Leonard Read’s “I, Pencil” essay, which helps demonstrate how markets coordinate the actions of thousands of free individuals through market prices and incentives.


  • Materials List
  • #2 Pencils - one for each student
  • I, Pencil text - one copy for each student (Optional)

  • Lesson Themes
  • I, Pencil should be used when discussing business nance.
  • It is recommended you use I, Pencil as a way to introduce the concepts of costs and channels.
  • Students should have a basic understanding of the market and economics.

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Towers

Towers is a game that demonstrates the importance of both doing business profitably and also doing it “the right way.” After completing Towers, students better understand the importance of conducting business using the Foundational Values to create long-term value.


  • Materials List
  • Paper and newspaper
  • Scissors
  • Tape

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Bead-Ville

Students will have the opportunity to participate in the three basic economic systems. By working in each of the systems, students internalize the fundamental values present in each system. They also gain insights into the basic advantages and disadvantages of each system.


  • Materials List
  • Colored beads: red, aqua, green, yellow, blue
  • String - the string that comes in a ball tends to work the best
  • Ruler

  • Lesson Themes
  • It is best to use Bead-Ville after you have covered the types of economic systems.
  • This is a great activity to do after Money Bowl and having watched John Stossel’s Greed.

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10 Economic Principles

Youth Entrepreneurs follows ten economic principles that we believe are crucial for students to understand in pursuing their entrepreneurial ventures. In tandem with our Foundational Values, these principles are the platform for success in economics. Our Economic Principles include the Four S’s, the Four Market Measures, and Ricardo’s Law of Comparative Advantage. Watch these videos to learn why these principles are so important and get tips on how to teach them.



  • Materials List
  • Optional: 10 Economics Principles PPT

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Four S's
  • 4 Market Measures
  • Ricardo's Law of Comparative Advantage

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The Trading Game

The Trading Game engages students in a trading simulation designed to illustrate a complex marketplace in which goods and services are traded. Through several rounds of trade, students will see that the broader their access to trade, and the more choices they have for solutions to their problems, the greater their satisfaction.



  • Materials List
  • A large number of small, easily-exchanged items (e.g., miniature candy bars, boxes of raisins, small toys, packages of sticky notes, pencils, stickers, etc.)
  • Items that go well together like a portable makeup mirror and a hairbrush or comb that can then be put into separate bags.
  • Packages of items that have multiples in them like a box of candy bars, etc.

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Trading Game is best used within the rst two weeks of class.
  • The students will not require any prior knowledge to successfully participate in The Trading Game.

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Boneyard

The Boneyard experience teaches students about communication and competition. Explore how to lead your class through the activity and teach market principles throughout.



  • Materials List
  • 6 sets of double six dominoes
  • Boneyard Rule Sheets - one per group
  • Boneyard Price Sheets - one per group based on group size

  • Lesson Themes
  • It is recommended you play Boneyard during the Economics Unit.
  • Boneyard builds on the learning established throughout Pit and The Trading Game.

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PIT - Just the Basics

Pit is a fast-paced card game designed to simulate open outcry bidding for commodities. We use the game as a way for students to learn about trade and simple negotiations, and focus on the economic principle of comparative advantage.



  • Materials List
  • Pit Cards or multiple decks of basic playing cards (remove the twos, face cards, and jokers)
  • YE Currency
  • One or Two tables – if you have assistance you will want one for selling and one for buying

  • Lesson Themes
  • Pit can be used throughout the entire school year.
  • It is a great introduction into how markets work.
  • Students do not need prior knowledge to be successful in Pit.

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Paper Airplane Factory

This activity engages students in the process of rapid prototyping, while facing challenges like scarcity and risk. Explore how to bring the Paper Airplane Factory to life in your classroom.



  • Materials List
  • A multicolor ream of paper with at least 5 different colors, 25 sheets each
  • Paper Airplanes Rule sheets for each group
  • Paper Airplanes Test Flight Record Sheet for each group

  • Lesson Themes
  • This activity is repeatable and can be used as a way to help students form their Market Day groups.
  • It works well during the Intro to Entrepreneurship unit and is an excellent bridge between the Entrepreneurship section and the Innovation & Creative Destruction section.

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Alphabet Soup

The purpose of Alphabet Soup is to reinforce the importance of a recognizable logo.


  • Materials List
  • Alphabet Soup Handout

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Invention Activity

There are many ways you can foster creativity in your students and the Invention Activity is one of them. In the Invention Activity, there is no right or wrong, no impossible. There are no lines to color in. No box to stay in. You get to allow your students to be as innovative as possible while using the supplies you have provided.


  • Materials List
  • Required materials vary based on what supplies you choose to provide for students (Suggestions include: pipe cleaners, pom-poms, tape, glue, string, popsicle sticks, plastic cups, stickers, markers, ribbon, straws, seashells, construction paper, hole punches, or Play-Doh.)
  • YE currency and YE bonds

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Invention Activity can be used at any time throughout the school year. The more often the better, as it allows for innovation, creativity, and pitching
  • The earlier in the year you start doing activities like the Invention Activity the more comfortable your students will become sharing their ideas in front of others.

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Innovation Activity

The Innovation activity gives the student an opportunity to take an existing product and improve it. When doing this activity it is important to remind students that innovation is not just about creating new products, but improving existing products to meet new needs, demands, requirements, etc.


  • Materials List
  • Butcher paper/large flipchart paper
  • Markers/colored pencils
  • Sample of item chosen for innovation

  • Lesson Themes
  • The Innovation activity is most effective after discussing innovation and creative destruction.
  • The Innovation activity is one you can do throughout the duration of the course as it encourages creativity and problem solving.

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Jones Soda Research & Development

The Jones Soda activity is a marketing activity that can be used to introduce the Marketing Mix to your students. It can also be used to dive deeper into marketing after having introduced the Marketing Mix. This activity can be used to show multiple different things and facilitate different discussions in the classroom.


  • Materials List
  • Unique flavors of Jones Soda. Thanksgiving/ Christmas packs must be purchased online from the website. Allow at least a week for the shipment to come in. Protip: One bottle can generally spread out into 25 samples in small Dixie cups.
  • Dixie cups – enough for one per student per flavor
  • “What’s the Flavor?” worksheets

  • Lesson Themes
  • You will only do this lesson one time.
  • During Market Day or Business Model Canvas instruction, this activity can be used to discuss the importance of knowing your customer and how to entice them to buy your product.
  • This lesson can be used to discuss Research and Development during your marketing instruction.

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Zip Code Lookup

Zip Code Lookup is a way for teachers to not only discuss what a market analysis is with students but also for students to conduct a brief market analysis of their own.


  • Materials List
  • Zip Code Lookup Worksheet
  • Zip Code Lookup PowerPoint
  • Computers/Laptops/Tablets for students to access the internet

  • Lesson Themes
  • This lesson should be done during the Marketing Unit.
  • The teacher may also choose to discuss and conduct a market analysis during the Market Day project.
  • Market analyses should take place while developing business models using the Business Model Canvas.

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Hershey's Market Research

This two-part activity is designed to familiarize your students with basic market research. The purpose of the activity is to give students an opportunity to, in Part 1, design a simple market research survey. In Part 2, your students will implement the results of the market research survey.


  • Materials List
  • Hershey’s Market Research handout
  • Poster board/easel paper/ butcher paper/ large post-it paper
  • Markers

  • Lesson Themes
  • To achieve the best results with this activity you should use it after having taught your students the basics of market research and the Marketing Mix.

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Garbology

Garbology is an activity that will give students an understanding of observational market research. It’s designed to test students’ assumptions and give them a fresh perspective on reaching their target audience.



  • Materials List
  • Customer Profile worksheets

  • Lesson Themes
  • Garbology should be used during the Marketing Unit
  • You can do Garbology more than once however if you repeat it you need to use different bags of trash.

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Lego COGS Activity

The Lego Cost of Goods Sold Activity provides students the opportunity to calculate the cost of goods sold for a prototype they designed. The activity also allows students to understand how those costs effect price and profit potential.


  • Materials List
  • Legos or similar type of building blocks
  • Lego Cost of Goods Sold Worksheet

  • Lesson Themes
  • As a YE facilitator, this activity will offer you a chance to see how comfortable your students are with math computations.
  • This knowledge can also help you decide how to proceed through the business finance content of the YE program.

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Going Bananas

This lesson will help your students understand how markets work by engaging them in an activity where the price of a product is determined by buyers and sellers voluntarily trading and cooperating with each other.


  • Materials List
  • Student buyer and seller cards; 32 of each
  • How to Play Going Bananas” Handout
  • Student Transaction Sheet Handout - one per student

  • Lesson Themes
  • This activity will help students see how Market Day is a small market and they will recognize their role in that particular market.

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Ice Cream Sundae

The Ice Cream Sundae activity allows your students to continue to practice calculating COGS and Price and Profit. This activity will build upon that foundation by adding in labor costs.


  • Materials List
  • Ice cream – one for each student to receive a minimum of one serving
  • Chocolate syrup – enough for each student receive a minimum of one serving
  • Cherries – enough for each student to receive a minimum of one serving

  • Lesson Themes
  • You can do the Ice Cream Sundae activity at any time during the Youth Entrepreneurs course.
  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of Costs and Unit of Sale to be successful with this activity.

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Dirt and Worms

The Dirt and Worms activity allows your students to continue to practice calculating COGS. This activity will set the foundation needed for your students to develop an understanding of pricing and as well as funding.



  • Materials List
  • Chocolate pudding cups – one for each student
  • Oreo cookies – enough for each student to have 3 cookies
  • Gummy worms – enough for each student to have 2 worms

  • Lesson Themes
  • You can do the Dirt and Worms activity at anytime during the Youth Entrepreneurs course.
  • Students will need to have a basic understanding of Costs and Unit of Sale to be successful with this activity.

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Back of the Napkin

Hands on activities are crucial for learning in the Youth Entrepreneurs classroom. Most students learn values and concepts through experience better than through lecture. Back of the Napkin is an activity that you will be able to apply in many different scenarios in your classroom, and is designed to be a lasting tool for students in all their ventures, present and future. Watch these videos to learn why Back of the Napkin is a great tool and how to use it.



  • Materials List
  • Smartboard/Whiteboard/Chart Paper
  • Dry Erase Marker/Marker
  • Calculator

  • Lesson Themes
  • Back of the Napkin is a tool to help students when they are considering what to sell at Market Day.
  • This activity can be used as an introduction to COGS.

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Market Day

Our experiential education model instills entrepreneurial and economic principles built for prosperity. YE transforms mindsets, empowering students to chase the opportunities that surround them. And one of the most transformational aspects of the YE experience is Market Day.



  • Lesson Themes
  • Market Day combines a micro-loan program with a pop-up market.
  • Students build and pitch a small business model to their teacher.
  • Market Day is not just about students being successful and profitable. Students don’t have to get it perfect for this to be valuable; the most valuable learnings come from their failure or their false assumptions.

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YE Culture

The culture of the YE program is different than most. Youth Entrepreneurs encourages choice, freedom, opportunity, and experience. In YE this is accomplished through our Foundational Values and creating a market in a number of different ways. These resources will guide you through creating and maintaining that culture in your classroom.

  • All About Auctions
  • Classroom Currency
  • Planning Tools
  • Posters

This topic has specific resources that provide a better understanding and overview of the concepts you’ll cover.

  • Topic Resources

Foundational Values

Values are the principles that guide our behavior, and we believe our Foundational Values will help your students succeed in both the classroom and in life. This bucket will provide you will resources to better understand our Foundational Values and how to include them in your classroom discussions every day.

  • Codec
  • FV: How to Guide
  • Foundational Values
  • Foundational Values Behavior Model
  • Foundational Values Reflection

Entrepreneurial Mindset

Youth Entrepreneurs defines entrepreneurship as finding ways to create value for themselves and others in all spheres of life. This bucket is full of resources designed to encourage your students to think and act like an entrepreneur at all times.

  • Business Model Canvas
  • Entrepreneurial Mindset
  • Humility
  • Innovation and Creative Destruction
  • Networking
  • Personal Branding
  • Pitching
  • Soft Skills

Economics

The 10 economic principles are highlighted in the resources found here. Sound Judgment cannot be present without basic knowledge of our 10 economic principles. And, they make teaching economics fun!

  • Economics

This topic has specific resources that provide a better understanding and overview of the concepts you’ll cover.

  • Topic Resources

Marketing

Marketing is more than just advertising. In this bucket you will find resources that will help you guide your students through market research, product innovation and ideation, as well as a marketing plan.

  • Marketing

This topic has specific resources that provide a better understanding and overview of the concepts you’ll cover.

  • Topic Resources

Business Finance

This bucket includes resources that will help you teach your students the basics of business finance in a fun and exciting way. Through fun and exciting activities and projects your students will learn about concepts like costs, profit, and return on investment without realizing it.

  • Business Finance

This topic has specific resources that provide a better understanding and overview of the concepts you’ll cover.

  • Topic Resources

Applied Princ. Entre

Applied Principled Entrepreneurship – Principled Entrepreneurship ™ is applying the judgment, responsibility, initiative, economics and critical thinking skills, and sense of urgency necessary to generate the greatest contribution, consistent with the company’s risk philosophy. The projects found in this bucket will provide your students the opportunity to do just that.

  • Applied Principled Entrepreneurship

Resources

The resources found in this bucket will assist you in completing the administrative tasks Youth Entrepreneurs asks of their educators.

  • Forms
  • Market Day Process
  • Resources

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  • Topic Resources

Resources

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Our curriculum brings business studies to life through experiential learning, executed in real, market-based scenarios.

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Creativity Minute Activity Guide
Creativity Minute PowerPoint
Creativity Minute Handout
SMART Goals Activity Guide
SMART Goals Graphic Organizer
Negotiating Game Activity Guide
Three Legged Stool Activity Guide
Three Legged Stool Graphic Organizer
Three Legged Stool PPT
YE Market Day Form with PayPal
How to Pay Loan using PayPal.me Link
How to Pay Loan using PayPal app
PayPal How To Videos
Lego COGS Activity Guide
Lego COGS Activity Worksheet
YE Classroom Funds Tracker
YE Incentive Form Tracker
YE Teacher Reimbursement Form
Intellectual Property Poster
Keys to Entrepreneurial Success Poster
Legal Structures Poster
Money Talks: Kinds of Costs Poster
Types of Businesses Poster
All About Auctions
Your First Classroom Auction
Gum Auction to Illustrate Inflation
FV Behavior Model
Foundational Values Reflection
Alphabet-Soup-Activity-Guide
Alphabet Soup Handout
Invention Activity - Activity Guide
Innovation Activity - Activity Guide
Jones-Soda-Research-and-Development Activity Guide
Jones-Soda-What-is-the-Flavor Handout
Zip-Code-Lookup Activity Guide
Zip-Code-Lookup-Worksheet
Zip Code Lookup PPT
Hershey-s-Market-Research-Handout
Hershey-s-Market-Research Activity Guide
Garbology Activity Guide
Getting Started with Concur Mobile - iPhone
Concur Mobile App PIN Setup
Concur Mobile Attaching a Receipt
Concur Updating Personal Information Teachers
Teacher Expense Reconcilliation Cheat Sheet
Teacher Expense Reconcilliation Step By Step
Teacher P-Cards Best Practices
YE Teacher P-Card Application
YE Teacher P-Card Training
Codec
Codec with descriptions
How to Use The Codec
Zoom Activity Guide
Human Treasure Hunt Activity Guide
Human Treasure Hunt Handout
Personal Branding Activity Guide
Personal Branding PPT
What's in a Handshake Activity Guide
Marshmallow Towers Activity Guide
Pit-with-Name-Cards Activity Guide
Teaching Soft Skills Guide
Decade of Entrepreneurship Activity Guide
Decade of Entrepreneurship Handout
Decade of Entrepreneurship PPT
100 Entrepreneurs Activity Guide
100 Entrepreneurs Handout
100 Entrepreneurs PPT
100 Entrepreneurs Names XLS
Invention Activity Guide
Innovation Activity Guide
Footwear Project Activity Guide
Footwear Design Packet
The Extraordinaires Design Project Activity Guide
Getting To Know - Graphic Organizer
Brainstorming - Graphic Organizer
Evaluating - Graphic Organizer
Speak Out Speak Back Activity Guide
3 Simple But Not Easy Questions Activity Guide
3 Simple But Not Easy Questions PPT
Cowboy Inkblot & Find the Numbers
Cowboy Inkblot & Find the Numbers PPT
Cowboy Inkblot Handout
Find the Numbers Handout
Money Bowl Activity Guide
Pitch It Activity Guide
Pitch It Customers
Pitch It Words
Pitching How to Teach Pitching
Pitching How to Teach Pitching
Speak Out Cards
Speakout Cards (Easy)
Speakout Cards (Medium)
Speakout Cards (Hard)
Speakout Cards (Foundational Values)
BIO Sheet Teacher Guide
Business Idea Organizer
Tennis Ball Factory Activity Guide
Candy Bar & Marg Utility Supplemental
Tennis Ball Factory Ex. Spreadsheet
I, Pencil Activity Guide
Towers Activity Guide
Towers Rating Form
Bead-Ville Activity Guide
10 Economic Principles PPT
Economics Unit Map with Objectives
Going Bananas Activity Guide
Buyer Cards
Seller Cards
Market Tally Sheet
Student Transaction Sheet
How to Play Going Bananas Handout
Ice Cream Sundae Activity Guide
Ice Cream Sundae Worksheet
Dirt and Worms Activity Guide
Dirt and Worms PPT
Dirt and Worms COGS Worksheet
Dirt and Worms Pricing & Profit Worksheet
Back of the Napkin Lesson Guide
Sample Road Map: Year Long
Sample Road Map: Semester Long
Sample Road Map: 9-Week Block
Pacing Guide
I have 15 minutes left...Now what?
Business Finance Content Map
Economics Content Map
Intro To Entrepreneurship Content Map
Entrepreneurial Mindset Content Map
Market Day Content Map
Trading Game Activity Guide
Trading Game Satisfaction Chart
Foundational Values How To Guide
Market Day Teachers Guide
Market Day Bid Expectations
Market Day Bid Expectations Handout
Market Day Cash Out Form
Market Day Checklist Suggestions
Food Handlers Safety Tips
Market Day Individual Reflection
BMC Teacher's Guide
BMC Map to Business Plan
BMC Cheatsheet
BMC Blank
22 Ways to Teach BMC
BMC Resources
BIO Sheet Teacher Guide
Disruptus Activity Guide
How To Use Classroom Currency
Introducing Classroom Currency
YE Bond
YE Dollars - One Dollar
YE Dollars - Five Dollars
YE Dollars - Ten Dollars
YE Dollars - Twenty Dollars
Boneyard Activity Guide
Boneyard Price Sheets
Boneyard Rule Sheet
PIT Activity Guide
Paper Airplanes Activity Guide
Paper Airplanes Rules Sheet
Paper Airplanes Score Sheet
Paper Airplanes Test Flight Record
Foundational Values and Learning Objectives
Suggested Classroom Shopping List
Economics Content Map
Marketing Content Map
Business Finance Content Map
Math for Entrepreneurs
How To Convert PDF to Word

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