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Community Caring Match Ups

Students learn about their hometown heroes and how they keep the community safe and working.

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. As a class, brainstorm a list of community helpers such as firefighters, police, and teachers. Ask students what they do? What the workers wear? What tools they use to help them do their jobs? Look for a diversity of jobs and people.
    2. Students choose someone they would like to show, dressed and ready for work. Use Crayola Colored Pencils to draw a big person on a recycled file folder. Cut out the community helper with Crayola Scissors.
    3. Draw the person’s face using Crayola Crayons or Colored Pencils. Does she or he look brave and caring? Happy to be helping?
    4. On another recycled file folder, draw the helper’s uniform. Place the cutout body on top of the file folder to get the clothing to be just the right size. It might be a jacket and hat, uniform, pants, or a dress. Color in the clothing and then cut it out.
    5. What tools does ythe worker use? A hammer, a whistle, computer, or a stethoscope? Draw and color the tools and then cut them out.
    6. Add Velcro® dots to the front of the worker and the backs of uniforms and tools. Display the helper’s uniform and tools. Share information about the worker’s job and tools with classmates.
  • Standards

    LA: Ask and answer such questions as who, what, where, when, why, and how to demonstrate understanding of key details in a text.

    LA: Use information gained from the illustrations and words in a print or digital text to demonstrate understanding of its characters, setting or plot.

    LA: Know and apply grade-level phonics and word analysis skills in decoding word s.

    LA: Read with sufficient accuracy and fluency to support comprehension.

    LA: Write informative/explanatory texts in which they introduce a topic, use facts and definitions to develop points, and provide a concluding statement or section.

    LA: Ask and answer questions about what a speaker says in order to clarify comprehension, gather additional information, or deepen understanding of a topic or issue.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Classroom resources include: Whose Hat is This? A Loo at Hats Works Wear by Katz Cooper, Sharon Muehlenhardt and Amy Bailey; Career Day by Anne Rockwell; When I Grow Up by P.K. Hallinan

    Organize a field trip to a fire station, community library, police station, or other facility. Students collaborate to write a book that describes and illustrates what they learned on the visit. This original book can be shared with parents and family members.

    Invite a community worker to the classroom to share his expertise. Students compose interview questions prior to the visit. After the visit, students collaborate to write and illustrate a thank you not to the visitor, expressing appreciation for serving the community.

    Organize a Career Day for primary students. Older students dress the part of a community helper; younger students work as the apprentice for the day and learn first-hand about the career. All students post to a school blog after the activity sharing their experiences. Older students can assist younger students with their postings.


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