Most students will love them but will have absolutely no idea as to how they are produced and distributed for easy consumption. This documentary shows the amazing story of how a simple potato is transformed into a packet of crisps (and it's an amazing process that only take a few hours).
There are so many cross curricular links to be made as well; biology, chemistry, maths, engineering (and of course for Business / Economics).
Ask the students to this about how they think their packets of crisps get to the supermarket or convenience store. See if they can come up with a timeline.
Extension - think of any questions that they would like to ask the Crisp company. They can look at the FAQ page for ideas.
If you want to give the students some pre-reading, there is a nice overview here with a lot of technical details.
Now give the students some guidance questions:
- What type of production is used to make Crisps?
- Is the production Labour or Capital Intensive?
- What is the process and how many steps are there?
- How many people do you see in the factory? What Jobs do they do?
- BONUS: What is used to fill each packet of Crisps (apart from the Crisps)?
Teacher hint = it is worth pre-watching and adding a few more questions of your own, I edited out the historical bits on the history of the Crisps just to focus on the business and production aspects and also edited out the part that looks at the other type of crisp production to focus only on the main types of crisps.
Next, students can watch the video (below but change the speed to 1.25X in the settings to get it to sound right) or you can download it and modify the speed yourself using Save From (Youtube Video downloader) and the URL. VLC will allow you to change the speed of playback if you download the video as an MP4.
After viewing, discuss the process with students and the questions asked above.