Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
What Interests You?


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Steve Habowski, Tara Thall and Tom Harrison


What Interests You?

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1 A Describe career implications of individual interests and abilities.
  • 1.1.5 A Establish the purpose for reading a type of text.
  • 1.6.3 E Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations.
  • 1.8.5 B Locate information using appropriate sources and strategies.
Brief Overview Student discusses and researches a career field. They will present their career, and have a large group discussion on all careers.
Grade Level 5th
Content Area(s) Language Arts, Reading
Other standards supported
  • ASCA, PDE, NCDC, Health, Safety, PE 10.1A, 10.4 A,B, FCS 11.4 A
Prep Time 30 minutes
Implementation Time 90 minute sessions
Learning Objectives
  • Students will complete an interest inventory to discover possible career interests.
  • Students will produce a poster project related to their top career interest.
  • Students will present the information related to their career interest.
  • Students will discuss pros and cons related to all the career choices.
Materials Needed Paws in Jobland software, Young Persons Occupational Outlook Handbook, poster board, markers, “Discovery” worksheet
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. “Discovery” worksheet will be given to each student to help in facilitation of activity.
  2. Students will complete the Paws in Jobland inventory on the computer.
  3. Students will write their top career area related to their inventory.
  4. Students will research information about their career using the Young Persons Occupational Outlook Handbook.
  5. Students will create a poster related to their career.
  6. Students will briefly present information from their poster to their classmates.
  7. Students will have a group discussion on all jobs and career implications related to their individual interests and abilities.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Poster and Discussion Rubrics
  1. Have guest speakers related to career topics come in the classroom and speak as a follow up activity.
  2. The “Discovery” worksheet will guide students through the Paws in Jobland inventory and also give specific questions for students to use related to the Young Persons Occupational Outlook Handbook.
Enhancement Activities Students will use Ferguson’s Career in Focus as an additional resource in classroom.
Adaptation for at risk kids Have students identify at-risk behaviors that could implicate their job choices.
  • Ferguson’s Career in Focus
  • Paws in Jobland software
  • Young Persons Occupational Outlook Handbook

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