1. Topic-
Project Jekyll
2. Content-
Persuasive Writing
PowerPoint technology
Flexible Grouping
Problem solving
3. Goals: Aims/Outcomes-
1. Develop a plan to reduce the overall cost of the upcoming Jekyll Field Trip.
2.Create a group presentation showcasing the plan.
3.Present the plan as a viable fundraising event to the principal.
4.Coordinate and hold the event.
4. Objectives-
1.Students will develop a plan for a student run fundraiser.
2.Students will devise a business plan for the event.
3.Students will create a business plan with a cost analysis and budget outlook.
4. Students will design a PowerPoint presentation displaying their plan.
5. Student groups will present their plan to the principal.
6. Students will create a student contract for their contribution to the development of the plan.
7. Students will run a school event.
5. Materials and Aids-
SMART technology
Business Plan (basic/modified)
6. Procedures/Methods-

A. Introduction-

1.Project Jekyll Field Trip Pamphlet
2.Preparation for our 6th grade field trip
3.Calculate the cost per child on trip and pose a challenge to the class.

B. Development-

1.Anecdote: When I was in 4th grade, our class sold candy bars to purchase class T-shirts. We voted on the class T-shirt design, and then worked hard at selling the candy bars to pay for the class T-shirts.
2.How do you propose to reduce the price of the Jekyll Trip.

C. Practice-

1.Students are guided to first calculate the cost of all 6th graders and devise a goal.
Reduce all participants or just those who have trouble with payment.
2.Next, students list a variety of fundraisers that will work to meet their goals.
3.Students (flexible grouping based on student interest and tasks) devise a plan to implement their chosen fundraiser.
4. Students work in groups to determine the logistics of the fundraiser (money handling, chaperones, event location, grade levels included, percentage points of lowest possible and highest student turnout, acceptable profit margins.)
4. During the process, students work on a presentation for their fundraiser. This will be a multimedia project with technology as well as written, typed formats, and illustrations.
Students must present their final project to the principal for approval.

D. Independent Practice-

1.Research of fundraisers and product prices (IF applicable)
2.Presentation Input (PowerPoint slide, letter to PTO for sponsorship, Illustration to accompany any correspondence)
3. Business Plan with cost analysis

E. Accommodations (Differentiated Instruction)-

1.Students may work in small groups, independently, and in large group
2.Student choice of presentation input and part in the fundraiser
3.Students choose which part of the project they will take the lead as Project Manager.

F. Checking for understanding-

1.Do the students know what a profit is?
2.Did the students provide a working, comprehensible business plan?
3.Do the students know how to create a PowerPoint presentation?
4. Did the students present a persuasive argument for their project?
5. Did the student accomplish what they set to accomplish?

G. Closure-

1.Students will present to the principal.
2.Students will reflect on the outcome of their presentation and revise their fundraiser accordingly for resubmission, implementation, or to start on a new plan.
7. Evaluation-
1.This lesson was a great way to see how my students would tackle a problem as a group.
2.My overall goal was to provide my 6th grade with a Challenge that would involve mathematical logic, problem-solving skills as a group, social interactions within a problem, persuasive argument skills, and presentations using PowerPoint technology.
8. Teacher Reflection-
My students thoroughly enjoyed this task. They did not want to stop working on the tasks. As soon as they entered my classroom every student was engaged in Project Jekyll. We present the last week of school. I'm very excited and proud of my students' work.

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