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Students research career options. In this career awareness lesson plan, students work in groups to list the community occupations. Students invite the career people to their school to participate in a Career Awareness Day. Students type and send thank you letters to the participants.
It's never too early to connect children with the real world meaning of their work. A series of four one-hour sessions, plus a field trip, make up this unit on college and career readiness for first and second graders. After viewing a video about careers and completing a career interest survey, children brainstorm interview questions and ask them of various guest speakers from the campus community. They then create a careers book and, together, compose thank you letters to each guest.
The intent of this series of activities is to introduce high schoolers to the field of chemical instrumentaiton. They perform a few basic chemistry lab techniques: pH titration, paper, gas, and liquid chromatography, ultraviolet and infrared spectroscopy, and graphing as examples of the skills needed to be a chemical technician. These thoroughly-written lessons and lab sheets provide top--notch material for a career exploration or enrichment class.
Students explore their career options and practice resume writing and college application essays. In this career exploration lesson plan, students create a personal career portfolio using the Web and other resource tools to access interest surveys and career information sites. Students identify their career goals, take interest and personality inventories, research two careers, prepare a report for one career, and prepare and career portfolio.
Ninth graders explore career options in the manufacturing industry. This lesson's strength lies in its connections between the world of school and the world of work. Students explore these career options through an interactive video-conference with an engineering professor or professional who answers student-generated questions.
Eighth graders discuss the culminating activity to a unit in which they determine how they will present their "Design for My Future" and "My Personal Plan of Study." They pull together all of their work from the unit before writing a narrative entitled "My Design for My Life" which they present to their families in a presentation which includes both academic and career related goals.
Eighth graders develop an educational and career plan based on current interests, strengths, and limitations. They identify and explore a variety of resources to aid in career exploration and planning now and in the future. They compare personal interests with career and educational information.
What are your high school learners interested in? This college and career readiness resource gives them a chance to consider their choices based on interest. The CHOICES Planner link takes kids to a home page where they must create an account. This is a free site and well worth your time. However, because this is from the Florida Department of Education, all the schools listed are in Florida. Pupils answer 50 questions on this interactive site to see which career clusters most suit them. Groups brainstorm careers within each cluster and later use the site to research more job options.
Over ten weeks, 8th graders refine their visions of future careers, develop skills needed to write resumes and business letters, and learn to make a strong impression at interviews. Three specific activities are included, but mostly the resource provides thorough background and justification for the relevance of the unit to 8th grade, explanation of the sequence of the unit, and ideas for nurturing relevant reading, writing, and oral communication skills.
Third graders review and expand their discussion of job training and education resources. They work in small groups to find information about the types of training people need to do specific jobs and use data from interviews carried out in a previous lesson. Finally, they complete a class book made from Interview Summary.
Twelfth graders complete a research activity to learn about post-secondary education and possible career paths. In this college and career search lesson, 12th graders locate colleges of interest on a map and explore information in a college planning booklet. Students work through six steps to simplify college planning and make a written future plan.
Learning about art is more than just looking at pictures, it's critical thinking, social studies, analysis, and observation skills all rolled into one. You'll share the painting Winter Landscape by Pieter Brueghel with your class, first by going over background information and then by working through a guided observation. After that, the class will be ready to participate in any of the nine activity options included in this resource.
Get ready to explore the piece Tahitian Landscape with your seventh graders. They discuss the primitive style, bright colors, and impressionism found in the work, as well as biographical information regarding Gauguin's life. There are several very good art activities that will have learners painting with flair and imagination.