Design a Product Lesson Plan

Instructor: Christopher Muscato

Chris has a master's degree in history and teaches at the University of Northern Colorado.

With this lesson plan, your students are going to learn about the product design process. They will debate the merits and challenges of this process before applying these ideas to the creation, testing, and marketing of their own products in a group activity.

Learning Objectives

Upon completion of this lesson, students will be able to:

  • Explain the product design process.
  • Critically debate the merits and challenges of each step of this process.
  • Apply the theories of product design in practical ways.

Length

60-90 minutes

Curriculum Standards

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.1.B

Work with peers to set rules for collegial discussions and decision-making (e.g., informal consensus, taking votes on key issues, presentation of alternate views), clear goals and deadlines, and individual roles as needed.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.SL.9-10.5

Make strategic use of digital media (e.g., textual, graphical, audio, visual, and interactive elements) in presentations to enhance understanding of findings, reasoning, and evidence and to add interest.

CCSS.ELA-LITERACY.WHST.9-10.2.A

Introduce a topic and organize ideas, concepts, and information to make important connections and distinctions; include formatting (e.g., headings), graphics (e.g., figures, tables), and multimedia when useful to aiding comprehension.

Materials

Instructions

  • Hold up a common object in the classroom. Explain to students that before this was available for purchase, it had to first be conceived as an idea for a product. Discuss this idea with students:
    • What are the steps you imagine have to occur before an idea can become a product, available for purchase.
    • How do businesses determine the need for a product? How do they identify a potential market?
  • Hand out printed copies of Steps of the Product Design Process.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the section ''What is Product Design?'' Once they are done, write the categories of Idea Creation, Product Feasibility, Product Testing, and Product Launch on the board.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the section ''Idea Creation.'' Ask students to define the purpose, goals, and main ideas of this stage and write those on the board under this category.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the section ''Product Feasibility.'' Ask students to define the purpose, goals, and main ideas of this stage and write those on the board under this category.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the section ''Product Testing.'' Ask students to define the purpose, goals, and main ideas of this stage and write those on the board under this category.
  • Ask a student to read aloud the section ''Product Launch.'' Ask students to define the purpose, goals, and main ideas of this stage and write those on the board under this category.
  • Ask students to read the 'Lesson Summary' on their own, and discuss the lesson as a class?
    • How do the four stages of product design interact to create a finished product?
    • Which steps do you think would take the most time?
    • What would be the hardest part of each step of the process?
    • What would happen if one of these steps was skipped?
  • You can test student understanding with the lesson quiz.

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