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Proverbs 22:6 – Train up a child in the way he should go, even when he is old, he will not depart from it.

Careers, Goods and Services

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  • Career Day by Anne F. Rockwell
  • Night Shift by Jessie Hartland
  • Jack’s Talent by Maryann Cocca-Leffler
  • Worm Gets A Job by Kathy Caple
  • When I Grow Up by Peter Horn
  • Jobs People Do by Christopher Maynard
  • The Top Job by Elizabeth Cody Kimmel
  • What Can You Do With Money? Earning, Spending and Saving by Jennifer S. Larson

Vocabulary Target Words: ability, business, career, customer, employee, employer, goods, job, knowledge, services, skill, talent, volunteer, worker

Lesson Ideas:

What’s The Skill? ~ define skill (combination of ability with acquired knowledge and technique) for the child and explain the difference between it and ability (natural or inherited make up only). Explain how one can learn a skill and use it to make a living. Then, using cutouts or pictures of various workers/occupations, prompt the child to explain what the person does and what types of skills they think are required of that position.

Day or Night Shift? ~ using cutouts or a list of words, have the child classify if the job represents a day shift or night shift occupation. Some might overlap to represent both shifts (such as hospital worker, restaurant cook or server, construction worker, airport employee, etc.) You can expand the lesson by discussing “open 24 hours a day, 7 days a week” and what that means.

Volunteer ~ not every one who works is a paid employee. Discuss what a volunteer is and why someone might volunteer. Prompt the child to discuss what they think are personal characteristics found in volunteers and why employers seek such qualities. You can expand the lesson by discussing volunteers the child may have interacted with, such as YMCA sports coaches, library workers, teacher’s aides, church activities, summer camp, etc.

When I Grow Up…~ read Jack’s Talent by Maryann Cocca-Leffler to help the child think about their own interests, skills and talents. Then, prompt them to think about the following questions for a few minutes and be prepared to discuss or write their answers using this primary journal sheet:

  • Have you ever thought about what you would like to do when you grow up?
  • What job or type of work would that be?
  • Why would you like to do that type of job?

To expand on the lesson, you might ask the child if they know someone who does that particular job and encourage them to talk with that person so they can gather more information and get a real-life perspective from someone who is doing that for a living. Another option would be to coordinate a visit so the child can gain a better perspective of a job that interests them and learn what it takes to do it. For example: firefighter (visit a firehouse), working with animals (zoo, farm or vet), etc. Some employers hold a “Bring your child to work” day. This would be a great opportunity for the child to see (job shadow) what a parent does at work. If that is not an option, perhaps they could interview a parent, neighbor or family member to learn more about what they do for a living. Don’t forget to include types of clothes required for that occupation (uniform, special equipment, formal suit, etc.) If possible, have the child dress up to role play a particular occupation!

Goods and Services ~ Read What Can You Do With Money? Earning, Spending and Saving by Jennifer S. Larson which explains the differences between goods (things that are made or grown which you buy or sell) and services (work someone does for someone else). In addition, the book discusses choices people make regarding money. You can use this Venn diagram to classify between goods and services and show how some things can be both (ie, a restaurant makes and sells food but also offers a service by cooking it and serving it to you, and can even offer entertainment).


Kid’s Blank Checks ~ Discuss the difference between earning money and receiving money as a gift. Make out a check for each child then ask them what they would do with the money.

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This entry was posted on February 3, 2013 by in Life Skills, Social Studies and tagged , , , .
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