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If you are looking for Internet research ideas for your life science class, here's one that focuses on a fascinating topic: the ocean as a resource for medicine. Researchers use the web to explore marine organisms that provide medicine components, marine-related careers, and coral reefs. A series of worksheets guides them to predetermined websites and keeps them on-task with comprehension questions.
Discuss career choices with your class. After a discussion on career types, learners choose three careers of interest to them. They investigate one of the three careers and compose a two-paragraph essay on why they think that particular career would be right for them.
Middle schoolers create and perform a scene for play using a common fairy tale for the story line. They view and discuss a video on careers in stage and radio to identify the roles and responsibilities for each of their group members.
Young scholars research the characteristics of specific occupations with personal career interests and aptitudes. In this career exploration lesson, students select three careers to explore and consider their own interests and aptitude. Young scholars access the online occupational handbook and complete the research directions. Students complete written assignments and related worksheets for their career exploration.
Salaries, accreditation, and health technologies, sounds like career exploration time! Kids examine everything one needs to know before going into a health career. They explore the requirements and salaries earned by EMTs, massage therapists, radiologists, and personal trainers. 
Students visit the Globe Projector exhibit in Xpedition Hall and explore the different types of map projections. They consider different careers requiring geographic knowledge and decide what projection would serve them best for each.
Ninth graders examine money management. They study percentages, inequalities, fixed and variable expense calculations in order to develop an understanding of how these concepts apply to budgeting a lifestyle for a specific career.
What do you want to do when you finish school? Most high schoolers have an idea of what they'd want to do, but little idea of how to achieve this goal. After researching a career of their choosing, learners identify qualifications, potential earnings, and working conditions. They transfer this knowledge into a well-written, five-paragraph essay. 
Young scholars explore different careers in science. In this science career lesson, students examine how Western and non Western approaches complement each other in science. Young scholars conduct interviews and have class discussions about their own interests in a science career.
Now that your career explorers are thinking about the world after high school, it's time they learned how to research their options! Here's a great resource to get them gathering information from multiple sources. Learners brainstorm places they can gather the facts, then discuss what they will be looking for (aptitude tests, values, etc.). For homework, investigators interview a professional using the survey handout which is included (they can add questions). Finally, they begin research on a career that they are interested in. There is another worksheet here to help them organize findings.
Students incorporate the design process to create their own perfect job or career. In this career design lesson plan, students develop questions to research for a future career choice. Students brainstorm about their personal skills to use in their perfect career and use the Internet to complete a personality assessment as well as a career exploration. Students design a plan to reach for their perfect career.
Students discuss a number of career possibilities in science. They also examine a scientist's work.
Students open Microsoft PowerPoint. Alternately, watch the slide resentation on the Perdue Web site and their desktop version of Microsoft PowerPoint. Students read the Career Handout and complete the Worksheet included. Students use the Worksheet to fill in slides in your presentation. Add text, insert clip art, and use design templates. Save. Students view their PowerPoint presentation and add transitions,sounds, and animations.
Students plan for their future by exploring occupational experience programs.In this career instructional activity students list activities that they will participate in in the future and complete a career exploration project.
Sixth graders discover different careers in music. In this career exploration instructional activity, 6th graders explore four different categories of music careers: music education, music performance, music business and music therapy. Students create  a presentation for the class on the career they chose to research.
Students identify differences and similarities in female and male careers. They look through magazines and catalogs to look for traditional roles being filled in non-traditional ways. They cut the pictures out and make a collage.
Help potential job seekers create a personal job options list that "fits" their personality type. They will discover specific occupational information about two chosen careers. Then they will identify the most important factors to keep in mind when choosing a career and create a personal business card that identifies them with their career titles.
Students investigate the broad range of jobs that can be found in the world of design. Students explore sound design, language architecture, etc. Students design a resource book and post it on a website for others to share.
High school kids get thinking about college by creating e-portfolios. They conduct Internet research on a specific career, take a self-assessment, and relate their interests/strengths to the career they've chosen. 
Students brainstorm what they want to be when they grow up. In this careers instructional activity, students discuss various jobs or careers. Students read Oh, the Places You'll Go. Students draw a picture of themselves in a career they might enjoy and write why they might choose this career. Visitors come in throughout the week to talk about their professions.