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Who Is the Boss?


English Language Arts (NYS P-12 Common Core)

Grade Levels

Elementary, 3rd Grade, 4th Grade


Students are evaluated on final product and classroom participation.


Antoinette M. Howard, South Colonie Central School District


3 – 4 days


Objective: Students will develop a business plan.

This activity provides students with an opportunity to think creatively as they develop and construct an imaginary business. Opportunities to further develop writing skills come about as students write in their career journals.

  • A representative from a bank visits the class to discuss the purpose and components of a business plan.
  • Students work with the teacher to identify a rubric for a business plan.
  • Students choose a business they would like to own. The business should be a business that a student could run.
  • Students write a business plan, answering the following questions:
    • What will you sell?
    • What are the prices?
    • How will you get customers?
    • How will you advertise?
  • If students are making a product, have them make a prototype of the product.
  • Students present their business plans to the bank representative or business owners, who can give them feedback and additional assistance.
  • Local business owners speak to students about their businesses.
  • Source

    Howard, Antoinette M. “Who Is the Boss?” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 52.

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