Governor's Institute for Career Education and Work
Who Uses Math at Work? (Career Charades)


Governor’s Institute for Career Education and Work Activity

by Jane Graeff, Robert Allison and William Turbitt


Who Uses Math at Work? (Career Charades)

Standards Addressed
  • 13.1.1 G. Explain why education/training is important to meet career goals.
  • 1.1.3 F. Understanding the meaning of new vocabulary learned in various subject areas.
Brief Overview Lead a discussion (at the beginning of math lesson) asking the students to generate a list of careers that require math. After a list of careers is generated, the students in groups of three will be asked to role play the worker using math.
Grade Level 3rd
Content Area(s) Math, Language Arts
Other standards supported Non applicable
Prep Time 15 minutes
Implementation Time 30-45 Minutes
Learning Objectives The students will explore careers that fall within the field of math.
Materials Needed Chalk, chalkboard or whiteboard marker
Detailed Activity Steps
  1. Explain to students that they will be identifying careers that require math skills.
  2. Explain to the students that they will be put into small groups and required to identify three careers that require math skills and then choose one of the careers to act out.
Theory basis Trait and Factor Theory
Evaluation/Assessment Checklist
  1. Group contributed three careers. 5 pts 
  2. Group acted out one of the careers. 5 pts 
  3. Classmates were able to guess career. 5 pts
  1. Review each career name as a new vocabulary word.
  2. Review the checklist with the students.
  3. Award the points at the end of each role play.
Enhancement Activities Read a storybook from your classroom library that has characters in it who are doing jobs that require math skills. Have the students identify those characters at the end of the story.
Adaptation for at risk kids The only adaptation necessary may be the group placement of the at risk child.
  • School-To-Career Connection, Grade 2 – Activity 5:  Categories of Mathematics Occupation (copyright 2000 page 95.
  • Young People’s Occupational Outlook Handbook (ISBN: 1-56370-905-8)
  • Career Ideas For Kids Who Like Math (ISBN: 0-8160-4096-6)
  • Alphabet Careers (ISBN: 1-884063-15-2)

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