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LAP-EC-011,  Its the Law (Supply and Demand) (Download) Business Basics, Business Functions, Economics, Free Enterprise, Pricing
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Your students might think they understand supply and demand, but do they know about buyer’s and seller’s markets, achieving equilibrium, and elastic and inelastic demand? It’s the Law will teach them all these concepts and more! They’ll learn all about how supply and demand work together and affect every business. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that...

LAP-EC-013, Use It (Economic Utility) (Download) Economics, Free Enterprise, Business Basics, Business Functions
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Businesses have a lot to do with utility—they can create it, and they can enhance it. That’s why it’s so important for your students to learn what utility is and how businesses influence it. Teach them with Use It! This LAP explains the four types of utility, as well as what businesses can do to give their products more utility. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT!...

LAP-EC-012, When More Is Less (Functions of Prices) (Download) Economics, Business Basics, Business Functions, Pricing, Marketing
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Can your students explain why they pay what they do for products and services? Or how supply and demand influence prices? Most likely, they haven’t given the concept of price much thought. This LAP helps your students learn why prices are important; the functions of prices; how prices are determined; and how consumers, businesses, and resource owners use prices to make economic decisions every day. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented...

LAP-EC-014, Be Resourceful (Economic Resources) (Download) Economics
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Economic resources (factors of production) enable businesses to produce the goods and services that consumers want. Regardless of product or size, a significant consideration affecting a business’ success is its ability to choose and use the best combination of natural resources, human resources, and capital goods. Use this LAP to help your students learn about the different types of resources and their limitations, how to respond to limited resources, and why economic resources are important...

LAP-EC-015, People Power (The Private Enterprise System) (Download) Economic Systems, Economics, Free Enterprise, Enterpreneurship
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Do your students know the characteristics that make up the private enterprise system? Do they even know what private enterprise is? With People Power, you can help students learn the benefits and disadvantages of the private enterprise system, as well as the effects it has on the people who live in it. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes...

LAP-EC-016, Regulate and Protect (Government and Business) (Download) Economic Systems, Economics, Free Enterprise
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Businesses don’t operate without rules—and those rules come from government. This LAP shows why government’s role in business has changed and expanded over the years and how government intervenes in business. It also explains the purposes of government involvement, which include providing public goods, improving public welfare, stabilizing the economy, and more. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a...

LAP-EC-017,  Whos the Boss? (Economic Systems) (Download) Economics, Economic Systems
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What do your students know about the four basic economic systems—traditional, communist command, socialist command, and market? Use this LAP to help your students learn the pros and cons of each system, as well as how each type of economy answers the three basic economic questions. Present-day examples illustrate how different economic systems decide what will be produced, how the products will be produced, and how the products will be allocated. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages...

LAP-EC-018, Make the Most of It (Productivity) (Download) Efficiency, Economics, Free Enterprise
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Productivity involves working hard and keeping busy, but there’s more to it than that. What can businesses and individuals do to improve productivity? And what will get in the way of productivity? Help your students learn the answers to these questions, as well as the ways that productivity affects businesses, workers, consumers, society, and the economy with Make the Most of It. LAPs (Learning Activity Packages) are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a...

LAP-EC-071, Strictly Business (Business Activities) (Download) LAP-EC-019, Business Basics, Business Functions, Economics
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Just as the human body needs to accomplish certain activities to live and maintain health, companies need to engage in primary business activities to survive – and thrive. In this LAP, students will discover the core business activities of financial analysis, human resources management, information management, marketing, operations, and strategic management. Students will also learn about the interdependence of these activities as well as how they shift and adapt during changing circumstances....

LAP-EC-106, On the Up and Up (Business Ethics) (Download) Economics, LAP-EC-021
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Business ethics are the basic principles that govern a business’s actions, but why are they so important? This LAP explains the concept of business ethics, the importance of ethical behavior for businesses, and the consequences of unethical business behavior. It also examines the reasons behind unethical business behavior.LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission)...

LAP-EC-104, Stretch Your Boundaries (The Global Business Environment) (Download) LAP-EC-022, Economics, International Business
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Globalization has a great impact on the way we live. This “shrinking of the world” has an effect on everything and everyone. Teach your students about the influence of the global environment on modern businesses and ways that people can do business in other countries. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about the global business...

LAP-EC-103, Designed to Work (Organizational Design of Businesses) (Download) Economics, LAP-EC-023
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Well-planned organizational design is crucial to the success of any business. In this LAP, students will discover the importance of structure within an organization by studying the many types of organizational design used by successful companies today. In the Gray Zone, students will evaluate a situation in which a manager abuses his/her authority within an organization’s hierarchy.LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan....

LAP-EC-045, On Top of the World (Impact of Culture on Global Trade) (Download) Economics, International Business, LAP-EC-024
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To be successful in international trade, businesses must pay attention to all aspects of culture, both organizational and global. On Top of the World (Impact of Culture on Global Trade) will help you teach your students about the cultural differences and social issues that affect business, as well as practical ways that businesses can address these differences to keep things flowing smoothly. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented...

LAP-EC-107, Keep the Change (Adapting to Markets) (Download) LAP-EC-025, Economics
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Everything changes! Just like people, businesses must adapt to changing environments and markets. Teach your students more about the current business environment and the strategies that smart organizations use to survive and thrive in the midst of rapid change. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about adapting to markets, a (So...

LAP-EC-105, What’s Shakin’? (Factors Affecting the Business Environment) (Download) LAP-EC-026, Economics
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All businesses are affected by the environments in which they operate. There are a number of external factors that influence the decisions and strategies that businesses must make to be successful. Teach your students what these factors are and how businesses respond to these environmental changes to compete locally, nationally, or even internationally. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student...

LAP-EC-072, Pay Your Share (Business Taxes) (Download) LAP-EC-027, Economics, Entrepreneurship
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Individuals aren’t the only ones who are responsible for paying taxes—businesses pay them, too! Teach your students why businesses pay taxes, what types of taxes they pay, and where their tax dollars go. This LAP also covers different tax structures, business deductions, and the role of the IRS. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information...

LAP-EC-028, Up, Up, and Away (Inflation) (Download) Economics, Financial Management
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Prices for almost everything tend to go up over time. It’s called inflation, and it doesn’t just affect consumers—it affects businesses as well. Teach your students what inflation is and how it influences the economy, especially the business sector! LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about inflation, a (So What?) discussion of why...

LAP-EC-029, Help Wanted? (Impact of Unemployment Rates) (Download) Economics
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The effects of unemployment are felt by individuals, families, communities, and the nation as a whole. Teach your students about the types, causes, and costs of unemployment. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about the impact of unemployment rates, a (So What?) discussion of why it's important to learn, ideas (Make it Pay!) for...

LAP-EC-030, Get Your Money’s Worth (Exchange Rates) (Download) Economics
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Huge amounts of currency are traded, all over the world, nearly every day. The foreign exchange market depends on exchange rates to operate. Teach your students more about these rates—what they are, what they mean, who uses them, and how they’re determined! LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about exchange rates, a (So What?)...

LAP-EC-031, Know Your Limits (Law of Diminishing Returns) (Download) Economics
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Shouldn’t more employees always lead to more productivity? Not necessarily! This LAP shows how the law of diminishing returns works for all businesses, from factories to farms. It also explains the production function, the stages of production, and how businesses can use marginal revenue and marginal cost to maximize their profits. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT!...

LAP-EC-070, Business Connections (Business and Society) (Download) Economics, Free Enterprise, Business Basics, Business Functions, LAP-EC-020
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How do businesses benefit their product users, their communities, their employees, and themselves? This LAP shows how businesses fulfill their social responsibilities. It also explains the three broad categories of business and illustrates how some real businesses do their part to contribute to public interests. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that...

LAP-EI-240, Hustle! (Taking Initiative at Work) (Download) LAP-EI-002, Emotional Intelligence
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Initiative is an extremely important skill in all types of careers. Teach your students about it with Hustle! They’ll learn why initiative is necessary and how they can demonstrate it at work. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. This LAP includes a student handout (with CopyIT! permission) that includes information about taking initiative at work, a (So What?) discussion of why it's important to learn, ideas (Make it...

LAP-EI-003, Opt for Optimism (Positive Attitude) (Download) Emotional Intelligence, Personal Development
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When it comes to personal and professional success, attitude is everything. In this LAP, students will discover the many benefits of fostering and maintaining an optimistic attitude. They will be introduced to effective methods for improving their attitude, from “thought stopping” to gratitude journaling. In an accompanying activity, students will evaluate and analyze their own attitudes using personality questionnaires.LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of...

LAP-EI-004, Work Right (Demonstrating Ethical Work Habits) (Download) Emotional Intelligence, Ethics, Work-based Learning, Co-op Work Experience, Community-based Learning
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Being honest, treating others fairly, and respecting other people’s belongings—these are all behaviors of ethical employees. This LAP explains the importance of behaving ethically, the characteristics of ethical work habits, and the consequences that occur when employees behave unethically. It also details the steps anyone can take to develop ethical work habits. LAPs are comprehensive instructional packages that include all elements of a performance-oriented lesson plan. Each LAP includes a...