Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Non-Traditional Occupations


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Greg Tomevi, Patricia Shannon and Debbie Foust


Non-Traditional Occupations

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.5 B Identify occupations that are non-traditional by gender.
  • RWSL:1.4.5 B; 1.5.5.A,B,C,D,E,F,G; 1.6.5 C,D,E,;1.8.5 A,B,C;
Brief Overview The student will be able to identify occupations that are non-traditional by gender.
Grade Level 5th
Content Area(s) Career Awareness, Language Arts, Reading, Listening
Other standards supported
  • PDE – Guidance and Counseling
  • ASCA
  • PDE – Standards of Career Education
Prep Time 1 ½ Hours
Implementation Time One week Session
Learning Objectives Students will be able to identify occupations that may be considered non traditional by gender.
Materials Needed
  1. Career costumes
  2. Vocabulary work puzzle handout
  3. Occupational ‘cloze’ activity
  4. Prizes for best costume, best speech, performance etc.
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Students are randomly assigned an occupation.
  2. Students will be responsible for producing a one page document in which they research their chosen career. They should include education needed, job responsibilities, potential earnings and any other relevant information. Students should display proper spelling, grammar, punctuation and clarity of thoughts. There should be effective use of topic and closing sentences.
  3. Students will be given one week to complete rough draft, revisions and final copy.
  4. Each student will then create, under teacher direction, an “Occupation Station” in the classroom.
  5. Each student dresses up in the clothing of the career they are assigned. They are encouraged to collect and bring in to class any artifacts that are associated with the chosen career.
  6. Invite another class to visit the “Occupation Stations”.
  7. Each student remains silent until a visiting student “activates” their station.
  8. The student then begins to explain their career (based on the research they completed) and explain why it is or is not a non-traditional career choice.

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