Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Occupations That Protect Us


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Kimberly Notestine and Norma Orner


Occupations That Protect Us

Standards Addressed
  • 13.2 D. Explain how health and safety practices relate to  employment
  • 10.3.6 A. Explain and apply safe practices in the home, school and  community
  • 10.3.6 B. Know and apply appropriate emergency responses
  • 1.2.5 A. Read and understand essential content of informational  texts and documents in all academic areas
  • 1.4.5 B. Write multi-paragraph informational pieces
Brief Overview The students will become familiar with jobs that impact safety and will learn how to solve problems with fire.
Grade Level 5th
Content Area(s) Reading, Writing, Health
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG
Prep Time 30 minutes
Implementation Time Three 45 minute sessions
Learning Objectives
  • Students will know what to do in different fire situations.
  • Students will understand what a 911 Operator and a Fireman do.
Materials Needed
  • Copies of “Fire Safety” Word Search
  • Copies of pp. 39-44 in What Would You Do?
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Prepare the students a day ahead by discussing pp. 39-44 about electrical fires, house fires, and the fire next door.  Help students develop questions to ask guests.
  2. Have the 911 Operator and the Fireman present their job duties to the students in 10-minute time slots.
  3. Students will ask questions about the guests’ jobs.
  4. Assign the word search.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Check the word search together the next day. Check how many wrong answers students had. Write 2 paragraphs in their journals about each of the jobs that were studied. Write a 3rd paragraph about What Would You Do? in a fire.
Comments Make sure students ask the questions that they created for the guests.
Enhancement Activities Extend these activities by having students suggest other careers that are related. Interested students could do research for extra credit.
Adaptation for at risk kids Some students may tell the teacher what they learned rather than write. Some students may collaborate with other students to formulate questions.

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