Activity Introduction

Subjects: Entrepreneurship, HASS (Economics and Business).

Year Levels: 5 and 6.

Topics: Enterprise learning.

Teaching Time: 60 minutes.

Quick summary: 

Lesson four of five. Students will learn that all bad ideas contain the beginnings of good ideas when it comes to creating a social enterprise, before exploring the classroom and school grounds for resources that could be used as part of their social enterprise’s offerings.

Learning intentions: 

  • Students will generate “bad” ideas to see the value in every suggestion
  • Students will make a list of available resources in their school grounds.

21st century skills: 

Team Work Social SkillsEmpathyCommunicating

Australian Curriculum Mapping

This unit of lessons is intended to focus on many of the General Capabilities of the curriculum. There are many elements of the curriculum that can be overlaid into these lessons with minor modifications on the part of the teacher. For a full breakdown of the General Capabilities used and the curriculum links that can be drawn into each lesson, click here.

This lesson is part of the wider unit of work Creating a Social Enterprise.

Time required: 60 mins.

Level of teacher scaffolding: Medium – facilitate class discussion.

Resources required:

  • Device capable of presenting a video to the class
  • Large pieces of paper (one per group)
  • Marker pens
  • Scavenger Hunt worksheet (one per group).

Keywords: entrepreneurship, social enterprise, social entrepreneur, social entrepreneurship, social issues, business, entrepreneurship education, Social Enterprise Schools, Social Enterprise Academy, teamwork, group work, team, leadership.


Cool Australia’s curriculum team continually reviews and refines our resources to be in line with changes to the Australian Curriculum.

Cool would like to thank Social Enterprise Academy for supporting the development of these lessons.


Teacher Worksheet

Teacher Preparation

Learning intentions: Students will...

  • ... understand good ideas can spring from less successful ideas
  • ... see the value of resources at hand in the school.

Success criteria: Students can…

  • ... generate enterprise ideas for their social cause
  • ... work together to find the good hidden among deliberately ridiculous ideas.
  • ... identify useful resources and suggest uses for those resources in their enterprise.

Teacher content information:

This lesson will see students generating intentionally over-the-top ideas as part of the first activity. Think ahead to the students who are likely to get a little too carried away with the concept and be sure to set appropriate boundaries around how far might be considered too far. 

As teachers, we can sometimes be guilty of letting our own somewhat limited imaginations get in the way of our students dreaming big. The following clip from ACARA shows the range of enterprise activities a single school is capable o

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