This page provides a description of the parts of a business plan that is accessible to young students. They also include examples and guiding questions in each area as well as a link to a large repository of business plan examples from different industries. This page would be most useful for a teacher supporting students in writing detailed business plans.
Before jumping into a detailed business planning activity, it is helpful to give students a high level overview to start. This page provides introductory information and also would be very easy for students to use on their own.
The U.S. Small Business Administration offers many resources for planning and starting a business. While this video itself is targeted at adults, it has just the right amount of detail to get young students started. I pair this video with a kid-friendly business plan template to get started.
I love to show my students examples of real student business plans. This can help when they are feeling anxious about coming up with their own ideas to show them that it doesn't need to be complicated.
There are many templates and worksheets available to help students start lesson planning. This instructional guide and business plan template for kids is very easy to use to give them structure. This is the one I use most frequently with my young students.
Students don’t always see the work and planning that goes into being a successful business owner. Writing a business plan is a big part of the process, but so is hard work. This video and lesson plan help students understand what it takes to make money for themselves.