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School Store

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Elementary, 4th Grade


  • Databases showing monthly profit margins are maintained.
  • Inventory control (weekly, monthly, annually) is maintained.


Tricia Dosiek, Peru Northside Elementary School, Peru Central School District.


setup/practice – 1 week, then annually

Essential Questions

  • Why do I need to learn?
  • How does my current learning prepare me for life experiences?


Objective: Students will gain life experiences in the world of work within a school-business setting.

  • The school store is housed in a 4th-grade classroom. It contains school supplies, which are sold to the students. Inventory and prices are preset by the teacher. Students hold various jobs at the store.
  • Week 1: The project is explained to the students. Jobs and skills are identified, defined, and practiced—purchasing through catalogs, selling to customers (role-play), inventory evaluation (setting a maximum volume and evaluating needs), money management (e.g., making change), receipt writing (role-play), and scheduling workers.
  • Weeks 2-40: Under teacher mentoring, students run the school store the first 15 minutes of each day.
  • Daily: Students record inventory and money received.
  • Weekly: Students evaluate the need to order products.
  • Monthly: Students “deposit” money in school safe.
  • End of Year: Students project needs for next year and order inventory.

Materials / Resources

  • School supply catalog
  • School store cupboard
  • Receipts
  • Cash box
  • Start-up money

Comments / Modifications

The store can be operated under the direction of a parent volunteer, teacher, or teaching assistant.


Dosiek, Tricia. “School Store.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 25.

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