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Try Out – Grade 6

What is Achieved?

This programme develops entrepreneurial initiative by challenging learners to undertake money-making mini ventures.


Learners meet 32 entrepreneurial heroes or “entreprenheroes” who introduce them to business skills and concepts.

Learning Context

Learners practise the skills underpinning each concept in the virtual world of Ventureville, then try out a micro-venture to practise that skill at home.

Lesson Plan Process

In groups learners read an entrepreneur ’s story, then follow a three-stage, business problem-solving process (get to grips; get thinking; get smart).

Introducing Try Out

Try Out! introduces grade six learners to over thirty real entrepreneurs – nationally or internationally successful “money-makers”. Many started out in life ?nancially and educationally disadvantaged. Yet despite this they achieved great accomplishments in the business world and became extremely wealthy e.g. Henry Ford, Thomas Edison, Frank Woolworth, Estée Lauder, Mary Kay Ash, Oprah Winfrey etc.

Entrepreneurial Heroes

Try Out! exposes learners to the following entrepreneurs’ stories of struggle and triumph:

Entrepreneurial Basics

Seeing opportunities – Leo Baekeland, Innovation – Thomas Edison, Taking Risks – Steve Case, Finding Finance – Donald Gordon, Adding Value – Preston Tucker, Selling – Estee Lauder, Negotiating – Fred Smith,

Enterprise Management

Supply and Demand – John D. Rockefeller, Understanding Needs – Bill Gates, Customers – Oprah Winfrey, Competitors – Cornelius Vanderbilt, SWOT – Harland Sanders,

Marketing Management

Positioning – Steve Jobs, Promotion – Richard Branson, Location – Ray Kroc, Distribution – Berry Gordy, Setting Prices – Sam Walton,

Operational Management

Making Merchandise – GeorgeLucas,
Acquiring Materials – Yoshida Tadao, Starting Up – Milton Hershey, Production – Henry Ford, Managing Tasks – Mary Kay Ash, Managing People – Steven Spielberg, Managing Information – Jerry Yang,

Financial Management

Making a Pro?t – Warren Buffett,
Saving – Johnny Mhlungu, Avoiding Credit – Frank Woolworth, Costing – Madam C.J. Walker, Breaking Even – Jeff Bezos,
Cash Flow – George Johnson, Recognising Assets – Robert Kiyosaki,

“Reading about great achievers can implant in a child’s mind the idea of greatness in concrete, directly perceivable form. Such role models can help convince the child that greatness is both possible and desirable.” Edwin A. Locke, Ph.D. The Prime Movers: Traits of the Great Wealth Creators

Fun Work Cards

Each Try Out! work card begins with an entrepreneurial story to introduce a concept such as production, invention, selling, customer service, peoplemanagement, seeing opportunities, customer research, etc. These are the entrepreneurial concepts and skills that de?ne Economic and Management Sciences. Interactive activities then enable learners to achieve learning outcomes showing that they mastered these concepts and skills.
For “homework”, work cards challenge learners to apply the new concepts and skills to their own lives using their own resources and contacts to make money and to achieve their own personal goals.


Each Try Out! kit includes six Ventureville posters. Ventureville is really a virtual city that is designed to introduce learners to the world of business. Ventureville is packed full of entrepreneurial activities and opportunities. Work cards challenge learners to explore Ventureville. So doing, they learn to see their own communities with entrepreneurial vision, recognising entrepreneurs and new business ventures and looking out for hidden opportunities.


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