Jobs in Our Classroom

Jobs in Our Classroom lesson plan

What jobs could you do in your classroom? Submit your personalized applications in boxes that advertise the opportunities!

  • 1.

    Identify jobs. With your classmates, list jobs that you can do to keep your classroom running smoothly. What about computer mentor, spelling coach, or town crier? With your teacher, choose the most important jobs.

  • 2.

    In small groups, write job descriptions with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Use precise language to describe responsibilities. Clearly state timelines and qualifications.

  • 3.

    Advertise for "Help Wanted." Cut colorful paper to fit recycled tissue boxes with Crayola Scissors. Cover one box for each position. Attach the paper with Crayola Glue Sticks.

  • 4.

    Cut plain paper panels to fit one side of each box. Design an attractive "help wanted" ad with your colored pencils and Crayola Rainbow Twistables. Pick a creative job title. Choose words that encourage you and your friends to apply.

  • 5.

    Submit applications. Design personalized letterhead with your colored pencils and Twistables. Write a cover letter to apply for each job that interests you. State your skills and experience.

  • 6.

    Roll up your applications. Tie them with colorful ribbon and place them in the appropriate ad boxes. Who will select applicants? Rotate responsibilities so everyone contributes to your classroom!


  • LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.
  • LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.
  • SS: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.


  • Students analyze how their classroom functions, thinking of the workings of a system. How can a classroom function most efficiently?
  • Student groups compose a job description for each suggestion job/task. Include attributes an applicant should have in order to apply for the position.
  • Student groups compose interview questions for potential applicants. Practice interviewing applicants. Who would you choose as the best candidate?
  • Students discuss volunteerism. What is it? Why would you work for no pay? What types of activities could you volunteer for? Who do you want to help? If you already volunteer, share with classmates what you do.
  • Discuss with parents and grandparents the types of jobs they had when they were young. How are these jobs similar or different than jobs available in the workforce today?