My Dad's Job

A young boys imagination takes over as he hears his father talk about his job as a stock market analyst.

Interested in using this resource in your classroom? Check out the posters that go along with this book: Specialization, Market, Human Resources.

Comprehension Questions

What special service does the Dad and his company provide?

He works for some kind of financial services company, one that specializes in financial work buying stocks, futures, etc.

Describe what type of team Dad was on.

Dad's team was a group of workers in his company who had special jobs and worked together to achieve a common goal.

How does your school illustrate a team of workers?

The people who work at the school all have special jobs and are a part of a team (teachers, principals, secretaries, nurses, custodians, etc.) that deliver education to children. Teachers jobs are even more specialized; art and music teachers, gym teachers, math teachers, etc.

What do we call the people who work to produce goods or services?

Human resources

What difficult challenge confronted Dad at his job on Tuesday?

He had to fight off a hostile takeover - a forceful attempt by one company to take control of another company.

What special kind of job or skills would be necessary to fight off a hostile takeover?

Lawyers would especially be needed and also people with special knowledge in dealing with takeover issues. Non-professional jobs also are important; secretaries, business office workers, etc. It takes a team approach to tackle important challenges in the world of work!

One concern Dad had in his job was the wild ride the bulls and bears were giving everyone. Are these real bulls and bears? Explain.

A bull market is a market where prices are going up; a bear market is a market where prices are going down.

Explain what buying futures meant in the story?

Futures markets are where people make a promise to buy a product like orange juice, coffee, or heating oil at a specific price in the future.

In what way can work be fun?

Although work isn't easy, it can indeed be fulfilling and enjoyable when challenges are met and goals are reached.

Extra Credit Question! What do we call the special skills and training that people (human resources) have that help them in their jobs?

Human capital

Author: Peter Glassman
Illustrator: Timothy Bush
Published: 2003
Accelerated Reader Level/Points: .5
Publisher: Simon & Schuster