Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
My First Job


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Steve Habowski, Tara Thall and Tom Harrison


My First Job

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1 A Recognize that individuals have unique interests
  • 1.1.3 H Demonstrate fluency and comprehension in Reading
  • 1.6.3 E Participate in small and large group discussions and presentations
Brief Overview Students will be able to identify an area of interest and realize that individuals have different interests.
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Language Arts, Reading
Other standards supported
  • Science and Technology 3.8 A,B
  • Health, Safety Ed, PE 10.1A, 10.4A,B
  • FCS 11.4A
Prep Time 5 minutes
Implementation Time 25 minute Sessions
Learning Objectives Students will recognize that individuals have unique interests.
Materials Needed Arthur’s Pet Business, Chalk, Chalkboard
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Read Arthur’s Pet Business (Mark Brown).
  2. Ask students to brainstorm an area they are currently interested in.
  3. Students share their area of interest during a large group sharing session.
  4. Record student responses on board.
  5. Discuss list with class emphasizing the large numbers of different areas of interest.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Discussion, Question and Answer
  1. Develop a list of teacher interests and share these with students. This will reinforce that unique interests are common with everyone.
  2. Be sure to stress that there are no right or wrong “areas” of interest.
Enhancement Activities Discussions can be extended to the idea of sharing. This will help students develop an understanding and level of respect for individual differences and uniqueness.
Adaptation for at risk kids Develop a list of potentially harmful/hazardous interests (ie: such as drug use). Ask students why these could be considered harmful for later in life.

Arthur’s Pet Business by Marc Brown

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