Working Together

Working Together lesson plan

Think about careers! Students picture where and how they would like to work.

  • 1.

    Have students find details about at least three different jobs that they might like to do as an adult: education, skills, setting, compensation, career opportunities, and other characteristics.

  • 2.

    Ask students to choose a place where you would like to live, such as the city, a farm, or a small town. What kinds of jobs are available in these locations?

  • 3.

    With Crayola® Washable Markers, students draw a picture of themselves working together with other people in a job that particularly interests you. Include details about the work environment, such as landscape, buildings, and equipment.

  • 4.

    Write a pretend journal entry about your day at work, from breakfast to bedtime, using Crayola Colored Pencils.


  • LA: Read and comprehend informational texts, including history/social studies, science, and technical texts, at the high end of the grade level text complexity band independently and proficiently.
  • 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 informative/explanatory texts to examine a topic and convey ideas, concepts, and information through the selection, organization, and analysis of relevant content.
  • LA: Report on a topic or text, tell a story, or recount an experience with appropriate facts and relevant descriptive details, speaking clearly at an understandable pace.
  • SS: Describe the unique features of one's nuclear and extended families.
  • SS: Identify and describe ways family, groups, and community influence the individual's daily life and personal choices.
  • SS: Explore factors that contribute to one's personal identify such as interests, capabilities, and perceptions.
  • VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.
  • VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.
  • VA: Select and use subject matter, symbols, and ideas to communicate meaning.


  • Possible classroom resources include: Richard Scarry's What Do People Do All Day? By Richard Scarry; Career Ideas for Kids Who Like Music and Dance by Diane Lindsay Reeves; Ordinary Jobs - A picture book for children by Greg Russo; When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic
  • Encourage students to interview their parents and other community workers about their jobs. Prior to the interviews, students collaborate in preparing a group of questions for interviews.
  • Students organize a Career Day for the class. Ask parents and local community members to share their professional experiences with students in short sessions. Students complete reflections after each Career Day session.
  • Students investigate various places in the world and study the careers that are most popular in those places. Write a one-paragraph summary of the career, including where it is popular, how much it pays, what a typical work week is like, etc. Students draw a picture focused on the culture and career, and insert themselves into the career.