Computer Careers Cube

Computer Careers Cube lesson plan

Students explore the possibilities of becoming a computer engineer, a Web master, or some other exciting computer career.

  • 1.

    Have students research the various jobs that are available in the field of technology. Explore the importance of technology for various occupations. Students choose several careers involving computers that interest them.

  • 2.

    Students draw six large circles on construction paper with Crayola® Colored Pencils. Within each circle students draw a square whose corners all touch the sides of the circle. Cut out the six circles with Crayola Scissors.

  • 3.

    Inside the squares, students draw pictures of and/or describe jobs with computers or technology with Colored Pencils or Color Sticks.

  • 4.

    Students fold the lines forming each square upward. Place one circle face down on its edges. Select one edge from each of four other circles and glue them to the edges of the circle facing down with Crayola Glue Sticks.

  • 5.

    Glue one edge to its adjoining edge to form a square. Attach the remaining circle's edges to the four edges that remain to form a cube.

Standards

  • LA: Read closely to determine what the text says explicitly and to make logical inferences from it.
  • LA: Interpret words and phrases as they are used in a text, including determining technical, connotative, and figurative meanings.
  • LA: Prepare for and participate effectively in a range of conversations and collaborations with diverse partners, building on others' ideas and expressing their own clearly and persuasively.
  • LA: Write informative/explanatory texts to examine and convey complex ideas and information clearly and accurately through the effective selection, organization, and analysis of content.
  • LA: Produce clear and coherent writing in which the development, organization, and style are appropriate to task, purpose, and audience.
  • SS: Identify examples of institutions and describe the interactions of people with institutions.
  • VA: Intentionally take advantage of the qualities and characteristics of art media, techniques, and processes to enhance communication of their experiences and ideas.
  • VA: Select and use the qualities of structures and functions of art to improve communication of their ideas.

Adaptations

  • Provide younger students with cardboard circles to trace for this activity. Older students can be challenged to construct their circles with a given radius or diameter.
  • Students compose detailed descriptions of jobs depicted o their cubes. Included in the descriptions could be educational backgrounds necessary to work at the job, responsibilities, etc.
  • Expand this activity for additional careers. Students investigate careers of their choosing and illustrate the career paths using the cube style. Descriptions should also be included with the cubes.
  • Organize a Career Day for students. Have students compose possible interview questions for guest speakers prior to the event. Students post to a class blog about their learning experiences. Students also compose thank you notes for guest speakers.