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Jobs in Our Classroom

What jobs could you do in your classroom? Submit your personalized applications in boxes that advertise the opportunities!

  • Grade 1
    Grade 2
    Grade 3
  • 60 to 90 Minutes
  • Directions

    1. Organize students in a central place of the classroom such as the reading rug. Ask students to identify jobs that need to be done in the classroom. Using Crayola Dry-Erase Markers, student list jobs that can do to keep your classroom running smoothly on a classroom white board.
    2. Working in small groups, students write job descriptions with Crayola® Erasable Colored Pencils. Encourage the use of precise language to describe responsibilities. Clearly state timelines and qualifications.
    3. Advertise for "Help Wanted." Students cut colorful paper to fit recycled tissue boxes with Crayola Scissors. Cover one box for each position. Attach the paper with Crayola Glue Sticks.
    4. Cut plain paper panels to fit one side of each box. Design an attractive "help wanted" ad with colored pencils and Crayola Rainbow Twistables. Pick a creative job title. Encourage students to select words that invite classmates to apply.
    5. Submit applications. Students design personalized letterhead with colored pencils and Twistables. Write a cover letter to apply for each job of interest. Students state their skills and experience.
    6. Applications are rolled and tied with colorful ribbon. Students place applications in the appropriate ad boxes. Decide who will select successful candidates. Rotate responsibilities so everyone contributes to the classroom!
  • Standards

    LA: Engage effectively in a range of collaborative discussions (one-on-one, in groups, and teacher-led) with diverse partners on grade level topics and texts, building on others’ ideas and expressing their own clearly.

    LA: Write opinion pieces on topics or texts, supporting a point of view with reasons.

    SS: Identify and describe examples in which science and technology have changed the lives of people, such as in homemaking, childcare, work, transportation, and communication.

    VA: Use different media, techniques, and processes to communicate ideas, experiences, and stories.

    VA: Use visual structures of art to communicate ideas.

  • Adaptations

    Students analyze how their classroom functions, thinking of the workings of a system. How can a classroom function most efficiently?

    Student groups compose a job description for each suggestion job/task. Include attributes an applicant should have in order to apply for the position.

    Student groups compose interview questions for potential applicants. Practice interviewing applicants. Who would you choose as the best candidate?

    Students discuss volunteerism. What is it? Why would you work for no pay? What types of activities could you volunteer for? Who do you want to help? If you already volunteer, share with classmates what you do.

    Discuss with parents and grandparents the types of jobs they had when they were young. How are these jobs similar or different than jobs available in the workforce today?


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