Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Exploring Careers in Our Community


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Julie Arcelus, Patricia Donner and Juanita Dymszo


Exploring Careers in Our Community

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.3 C Identify types of jobs available in the community based upon the products and services of local employers.
  • 1.2.3 A, 1.4.3 B, 1.6.3. A, 1.6.3 C, 1.3.6 D, 1.3.6 E, 1.3.6 F
Brief Overview Students will be able to identify various types of jobs available in the local community.
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Guidance, Language Arts, or Social Studies
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 30-60 minutes (seeComments section for quick preparation, or more detailed preparation).
Implementation Time 30-45 minutes for lesson (An additional 15 minutes during Language Arts to respond in journal for evaluation/assessment).
Learning Objectives Students will be able to identify various types of jobs available in the local community through products and services.
Materials Needed Chalk, Chalkboard or Whiteboard, and Marker, Print Media or Photos of local businesses, and/or locally made products.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Have students brainstorm what some of the jobs are in the local community (related to services and products).
  2. List all student ideas on the whiteboard.
  3. Expand student ideas by listing additional jobs related to local products and services.
  4. Share print media related to these local businesses to illustrate additional jobs (i.e. newspaper advertisements, brochures, or photos of the business, and/or products from the business).
  5. Discuss some of the various jobs within local businesses (i.e. grocery store = cashiers, stock people, baggers, managers, etc.)
  6. Wrap-up activity- review orally with students about the jobs in their local community.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Oral review at end of lesson (informal)
Written response in daily language arts journal about “Jobs in Our Local Community” (formal)
  • The newspaper or yellow pages are good sources for print ads. The local chamber of commerce website may also provide quick access to printable material about local businesses.
  • A more detailed approach to describing local businesses can be acquired by obtaining brochures from the local chamber of commerce, by obtaining sample products, or by visiting businesses to take photographs.
Enhancement Activities
  1. Tour the community via school transportation to survey local businesses. Point out various types of businesses and discuss the related services, products and jobs.
  2. Invite parents and/or others in as guest speakers to discuss their employment at local businesses.
  3. Utilize Paws in Jobland program ( ) to explore examples of community jobs.
Adaptation for at risk kids Students with significant written language impairment may respond orally and individually to the evaluation/ assessment.
Resources Local phone book yellow pages, local chamber of commerce office or website, camera (optional), products from local businesses, (Paws in Jobland program).

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