A picture paints …

A picture paints …

A picture paints a thousand words

This is my first in a series of short blogs about simple but highly effective ideas to use in the classroom. I would simply show the first image on the board and ask students to identify as many businesses and as much business terminology as they can, linked to the picture. This could equally be done in teams, with the image on a large piece of paper.

Image 1:

After a short period of time, maybe 30 to 60 seconds, I am going to reveal a little more of my image.

Image 2:

If students need prompting, they could be encouraged to think about all the raw materials, supply chain, brands and channels of distribution.

After a short period of time, maybe 30 to 60 seconds, I am going to reveal a little more of my image.

Image 3:

If students need prompting, they could be encouraged to think about who owns the business, legal forms of the business and origin of the materials. Also, to consider some of the detail e.g. the side of the milk carton.

After a short period of time, maybe 30 to 60 seconds, I am going to reveal the whole of my image.

Image 4:

Did the students think about the bigger picture? Water, electricity, packaging, farmers, …

Watch our YouTube video on business sectors.

https://youtu.be/JJQOTGxqpyU

 

Students could now colour code all the businesses they have identified as either primary, secondary or tertiary.

Now the discussion can be taken in many directions. For example:

  • Business sectors
  • Public and private sector
  • Marketing
  • Fixed and variable costs
  • Packaging
  • Ethics and CSR
  • Interrelationship between businesses
  • Price elasticity of demand

The 4 images could be put onto a PowerPoint with timed transitions. Alternatively, if you wanted to incorporate some differentiation, the students could be given just one image, with more, or less, visual clues.