Designing a Dream Store

Social Studies

Students will plan, create, and advertise their very own, unique store.

What You Need

  • Graph paper
  • Scrap materials that can be used for scale models
  • Classroom tools, such as scissors, staplers, paints and brushes, paste and/or glue, tape, felt-tip pens
  • Copies of the Yellow Pages and ads from newspapers and magazines
  • Video of some television commercials (optional)
  • Audio recordings of some radio spots (optional)

What to Do

  1. Discuss with students different kinds of stores: General stores, department stores, grocery stores, superstores, and specialty stores that carry products for one area of interest, such as sports, books, electronics, or music.

  2. Divide the class into groups. Ask each group to come up with the store of their dreams. Suggest that students think about what product or products they will sell. Encourage students to use their imaginations to come up with a unique store -- one that does not exist already.

  3. Next, have students develop a business plan, which should include information such as the following:
    • Proposed name
    • General description of the store and its purpose
    • Description of the public it will try to reach
    • Description of the kinds of merchandise it will carry, including the estimated price range
    • Floor plan and/or model of the store
    • Diagram of proposed site

  4. Show samples of different kinds of advertisements. Then have students plan an advertising campaign to make their dream stores known. Campaigns might include any of the following:
    • Posters
    • Radio spots (an audio tape)
    • Newspaper, magazine, or yellow-pages ads
    • Television commercials (a videotape)
    • Catchy slogans and/or jingles
    • A celebrity spokesperson

  5. Set aside time for each group to present their advertising campaigns. Then on another day invite the class to"visit" one another's stores. If possible, invite families or another class to view the new stores.

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