Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Karen Johnson and Bill O’Sick



Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.3 F 
Brief Overview Career Exploration via Dinocards
Grade Level 3rd and 4th
Content Area(s) Art, Language Arts and Social Studies
Other standards supported ASCA, PSCA, NCDG, PDEAS
Prep Time 20 minutes
Implementation Time Three days, 45 minute sessions
Learning Objectives Student will identify career and educational opportunities.
Materials Needed DinoDraw Cards, crayons, colored pencils
Detailed Activity Steps      Each card has an occupation printed on the card. One side of card is blank. The cards will be spread around a large classroom table in the middle of the room. Show students examples of occupations from cards. Students will then come to the table and select one card. They will practice reading the card chosen.
Day 1
Day 2 Students will practice reading their cards again. The students will then read their card to the rest of the class.
Day 3 The students will draw a picture of the occupation on the opposite side (Blank Side) of the card. The cards will then be collected and displayed around the career board in the center of the classroom.
Theory basis Structural Theory-Focus on individual characteristics and Occupational Tasks.
Evaluation/Assessment Oral presentations. Art illustrations of Occupations
Comments DinoCards contain 49 activities. Will give students examples of different occupations to help them get started.
Enhancement Activities Guest speaker from cards selected.
Adaptation for at risk kids Students will identify issues and relate them to a peer coach or parent.
Resources DinoCards, Wisconsin Careers, University of Wisconsin-Madison, 1025 West Johnson Street, Madison, WI 53706-1796.

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