Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Male and Female Roles


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Greg Tomevi, Pat Shannon and Debbie Foust


Male and Female Roles

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.3 B Changing roles of men & women in the home and workplace
  • RWSL Standards
  • 1.1.3 A,B,D,G; 1.2.3A,B; 1.4.3B, 1.5.3A,B,F; 1.6.3A,B,D,E
Brief Overview Identifying the changing roles of men and women at home and in the workplace.
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Career To Work, Reading, Writing, Speaking, Listening
Other standards supported
  • PDE – Developmental Guidance Goals
  • PDE – Career Education Standards
  • National Career Development Guidelines (NCDG)
Prep Time 2 Hours
Implementation Time Two 45 minute sessions
Learning Objectives The Learner will be able to describe how the roles of men/women are changing at home and in the workplace.
Materials Needed Guest Speakers, vocabulary list, chalkboard, chalk, bulletin board, career story
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Introduce the idea that there are many different types of jobs/careers in the workplace.
  2. List on the board some of the new or unfamiliar vocabulary words that will be mentioned in the story and during discussion. (gender, occupation, workplace)
  3. Read a brief story focusing on the world of work concepts.
  4. Ask the students to brainstorm a list of different types of jobs either from the story or discussion. List on board.
  5. Ask students to indicate whether they are more likely to associate gender type for each specific job. Beside each job mark an “M” (male) or “F” (female) to indicate gender type. Discuss the results with the class. Questions for Discussion:
    • Why do you believe certain jobs should be specifically held by one gender vs. the other?  Facilitate a discussion which allow for questioning myths, misconceptions or fallacies.
    • How have the roles of men and women changed over the years and why?
    • Does anyone have a family member or know someone who works in a job that is typically held by the opposite sex?  Can you think of any television/movie characters that work at jobs typically held by individuals of the opposite sex?  Discuss.
  6. Inform the students that the next time we meet, a guest speaker who represents a non-traditional occupation for his/her gender will speak to the class and discuss their educational background and how they became interested in their particular job.
For homework students are to come prepared with a minimum of 3 questions in writing, they would like to ask the speaker.

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