Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
The Real Game

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Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Steve Habowski, Tara Thall and Tom Harrison

Title

The Real Game

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1 A Identify careers that are related to student interests, abilities, and aptitudes.
  • 1.2.8 Read and understand essential content of informational texts and documents in all academic areas.
Brief Overview Students will be able to identify how their job description/job title affects income, vacation, and leisure time.
Grade Level 8th
Content Area(s) Math, Reading
Other standards supported
  • NCDC, ASCA PSCA
  • PDE 1.2 and 1.6
Prep Time Three hours for Orientation
Implementation Time 19.5 - 27 sessions
Learning Objectives Students will identify a connection between a job title and a life-style
Materials Needed Student materials, Facilitator’s Guide materials, loose-leaf paper, calculators
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Give students a list of sessions and the objectives of these sessions.
  2. Hand out student materials.
  3. Give each student a job card and the first work session.
  4. Complete each session’s assignment.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment
  1. Completion of work assignments.
  2. Oral reflection of how this job would fit who you are as a person.
Comments Reinforce two career goals for activities
  1. The starting point for thinking in the direction of a career field is who you are.
  2. Choose a career field that you enjoy because you will spend more time at work than at any other activity.
Enhancement Activities
  • Students will interview an adult who works in the job field selected. They will identify five aspects of that job that are advantages and five aspects that are disadvantages.
  • Students will dress up for the last session and present that interview information in the first person, not as a reporter.
Adaptation for at risk kids N/A
Resources The Real Game Kit, The Real Game Facilitator’s Guide

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