Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Career Relay


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Greg Notestine and Lori Casanova


Career Relay

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2.3 G Identify and demonstrate manipulative/motor skills;
  • 13.1.3 A Recognize that individuals have unique interests;
  • 13.1.3 B Describe the changing roles of men and women in the workplace;
  • 13.1.3 C Identify types of jobs available in the community based upon the products and services of local employers;
  • 13.1.3 D Describe the work done by school personnel and other community workers;
  • 13.1.3 E Explore how people prepare for their careers;
  • 13.2.3 D Identify activities within the school day that promote health and safety;
  • 13.3.3 A Identify work contributions and responsibilities at home and at school;
  • 13.3.3 B Explain cooperation;
  • 13.3.3 C Explain terms related to group interaction (compliment, encourage, cooperate, communicate opinions)
  • ST 3.7 A,B,C,D,E; HSPE 10.4 A,B; HSPE 10.5 A,B,C,D
Brief Overview Students explore occupations that require manipulative and fine motor skills through participating in a relay race.
Grade Level 3rd or 4th
Content Area(s) Career Education, Physical Education
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 60 Minutes
Implementation Time 45 Minutes
Learning Objectives Students will be able to identify large and manipulative motor skills required to complete tasks in different career areas. Students will assess personal skills and values regarding motor activities.
Materials Needed For each team: Ace bandage, doll or mannequin, 4 plastic glasses, 4 paper plates, trays, 10 envelopes printed with first and last name and address, set of wooden blocks, balloon, acrylic paint, set of cosmetics, cot, sheets, pillow
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Select 6 careers (materials listed are for a Health Care Worker, Waiter/Waitress, Postal Worker, Construction Worker, Cosmetologist, and Room Attendant).
  2. Determine an activity that is undertaken by an employee in each career:
    • Health Care Worker – Wraps an ace bandage around the arm of a doll or mannequin.
    • Waiter/Waitress – Carries plastic glasses and plates on a tray from one end of the room to the other.
    • Postal Worker – Alphabetizes a series of envelopes by name
    • Construction Worker – Builds a tower of blocks to a predetermined height.
    • Cosmetologist – Draws and decorates a face according to specifications on a balloon.
  3. Arrange students into teams of five to eight students, and explain directions. Demonstrate each activity. Have a helper from each team who will rearrange the materials for each activity before the next team member begins.
  4. Begin the relay. Time each team until completion. The first team in which each student completes each activity wins.
  5. Process the activity by discussing motor skills required for these and other occupations. Also discuss changing gender roles in occupations, and the necessity of knowing one’s skills and abilities before choosing an occupation. Discuss teamwork concepts related to success in the world of work.
Theory basis Super Theory, Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Completion of the relay races and debriefing
Comments This activity would be best accomplished in a gym or large multi-purpose room.
The teacher may wish to use 11th grade students to help with the set-up and maintenance of the relay.
Enhancement Activities Rather than choosing the above occupations, the teacher could have students work in teams to select from a larger list of occupations and design activities for each.
Adaptation for at risk kids N/A
Resources Handbook of Career Games, Second Edition, Joy Cobb & Robert Cormany

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