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An Educator's Reference Desk Lesson Plan
Grade Level(s): Kindergarten, 1, 2
Description: Many children see Community Helpers only as those people who
wear uniforms or have jobs that we see or hear about on television . The
children often do not realize there are many other workers who contribute to a
Goal: The purpose of this lesson is to help the children realize that
it takes many, varied jobs for a city or town to work as a community.
Objectives: As a result of this activity, students will:
- As a group, list many, varied, and unusual jobs that people might have.
- Identify the purpose of the work done by their parents either in the home
or outside of the home.
- Become aware of and appreciate many different jobs that make a successful
- Involve parents in a school learning activity.
- Teachers Materials:
A note home (explaining the project and asking for parental help), chart
paper, marker, adult helpers to write stories.
- Student Materials:
Paper, pencil, crayons.
- Make a list together as a class of the many jobs people might have.
- Bring in a "tool of the trade" of one or both of their parents.
The child should be able to explain the tool as a part of their parents
work. (Examples: wrench, computer paper, measuring spoon, pampers.)
- Parents may come in to demonstrate their "tool of the trade."
- The children will draw and write (or dictate) a story about a person using
their parent's tool.
- The children will draw and tell about what they might like to do when they
Tying it All Together:
- Display all the Community Helpers and the new "tools."
- Have the children add to the list of the many, varied, and unusual jobs
that people have.
- Share their stories with their classmates and families.
- Take field trips to appreciate the jobs performed by the various helpers.