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Working Together

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

  • Grade 2
    Grade 3
    Grade 4
  • 30 to 60 minutes
  • Directions

    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.
  • Standards

    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.

  • Adaptations

    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.


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