I don't know about you all, but Career exploration with my students is my favorite time of year!!! I love doing career development activities!! Helping and watching my students learn about themselves in personality assessments and learning about different careers. In my humble opinion, Career Development in elementary school is just as vital as career development in high school, because we lay the foundation!! Listed in this post, you will find a few of my favorite career development activities. I usually have time for 2 maybe 3 lesson per grade level for career exploration. I've separated the posts by grade level to help get to what you are specifically looking for quicker, so this post will focus on Kindergarten lessons. You can adapt each lesson to fit any grade level, but this is how I use them. If you are looking for the other grades, check the right hand side of the page and click on the grade level you are interested in...Hope this helps!!
In Kindergarten we start off by talking about people we know who have jobs and what kind of work they do!!! This is always a very interesting introduction. You never know what kids are going to say when I ask if they know anyone who works and why they have/need a job. Following my opening, I read the book-"Clifford Gets a Job" by Norman Birdwell. Everybody knows and loves Clifford, so the students get really excited to see he too had to get a job!!
After reading the book, we go over some discussion questions:
1. Why did Clifford have to get a job?
2. What/Where was his first job?
3. What happened at the circus?
4. Where did Clifford go next?
5. Did things start out pretty good at the farm?
6. What were some of his responsibilities at the farm?
7. What finally happened at the farm?
8. How do you think Clifford felt when he was leaving the farm?
9. What happened as Clifford and Emily Elizabeth were going home?
10. Did Clifford ever find a job that worked for him?
You can also create this fame using a number of different online resources...You may or may not be able to use it pictures, but its worth a try. Two online games that I've found are EducaPlayand SuperTeacherTools; they both seem to be pretty simple to use. If you can access the Smart NoteBook file, feel free to change it and make it your own!!! Enjoy!!