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Here's a collection of ideas to incorporate into a social studies unit covering community helpers.
Posted by:Sarah #79363

Last year I included classroom jobs with a social studies unit on community workers. My classroom jobs corresponded with the different jobs we had been learning about . . . the police officer was our line leader (he/she directs traffic .. . electrician (in charge of lights) . . farmer (watered the plants) . . . Mayor (welcomed vistors to our classroom) . . ect. I made a bulletin board of the different workers.
The students attached their faces to the body of the worker. It was very cute.

The teacher next door to me has her students "apply" for classroom jobs. They have to write why they think they would be a good line leader . . .

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i used it...good luck
Posted by:annie #48207

Title - Members in a community
By - Scott Dan
Subject - Social Studies, Other
Grade Level - 1st - 2nd
E 325 sec. 02
Concept: Members in our community
1. 12 x 18" construction paper (a variety of colors)
2. Glue
3. Miscellaneous craft items (buttons, pipe cleaners, glitter, etc.)
4. Lined paper
5. Pencils
6. Crayons or markers
7. Large chart paper or marker board
8. Book: Tops and Bottoms, by Janet Stevens
9. Scissors
1. One pre-made Triangle Person. Do not add a lot of detail. Keep simple so that the children will not copy what you have done.
1. Read the book, "Tops and Bottoms," by Janet Stevens
2. Ask the children if they ever help out at home. Is there anyone else who helps out at home? What do they do?...

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Posted by:rachel #48061

Write the names of several community workers on slips of paper (at least one for each child). Have each student draw one out of bucket. Then the students should trace their hands on a piece of paper. Have them write the name of the community worker on the palm of the paper hand, then write something that the worker does on each of the fingers. Also, discuss what would happen if a community lacked a certain part (i.e. What if there were no sanitation workers?). This will help them to see the community as a system.

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community helpers
Posted by:teach #48398

I would suggest for 4 yr olds keep it to figures they are most familiar with: teacher, bus driver, lunchlady, policeman, fireman, postman. You can have a little booklet made up with one page for each figure. Have a "teacher" figure and "My teacher's name is", A picture of a bus to color and repeat the same line with "bus driver". The lunchlady could be portrayed by a chef figure with a similar phrase. Use colorable pix for the policeman, fireman & postman with captions such as "The policeman is our friend. Firefighters help put out fires. The postman delivers our mail." Each day/week (however you do it) can focus on one person & you can set up activity/play areas that fit: a play school, cook food, driving a bus (a row of chairs), writing centers w/envelopes that can be "mailed" into a child's cubby, etc. We have...

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career awareness
Posted by:Stefanie #10832

We call our study "community helpers". I read the story "The Apron" by Eric Carle. I found a neat edition that comes with a little apron like the one in the story, but you could alwarys find one. I had one of the children wear it as I read the story. It is a true story about a relative of Mr. Carle's that he went to visit as a boy. This uncle was a bricklayer, I believe, and wore an apron. This apron was his "tool of the trade". I sent home notes for parents to send in their tools of the trade, as well, and we shared them in our room. The most important thing about this unit is the value that we placed on EVERY community helper, because it takes all jobs to make a community. We saw everything from a box cutter sent by a grocery store clerk...

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Posted by:Julianne #10829

Here are a few things I've done with kindergarten and first grade:

- read books about different careers. Your school library should have some.
- make a book showing different careers. Each child drew what their mom or dad did, then added a line that said, "Mom is a doctor." or "Dad is a pilot." We put the book in our classroom library and we're still reading it.
- create role-playing opportunities for different careers. We've role-played vets, grocery checkers, waiters, cooks, postal employees, etc. by creating a rotating center in our room where these roles can be enacted. For instance, we had a post office set up for the month of February.
- do a phone or Internet interview with someone you would otherwise not be able to talk to. You could try to e-mail or phone your local...

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Posted by:maggie #10830

I do a community helper unit in first grade. We wrote community helper reports in groups of five. Each group first picked a career, and then I gave them sentence strips with the following:
1. I use ____and _____at my job. (They filled in with tools.)
2. I work at a ____________. (place)
3.My job is to ___________________.
4.I wear a _________and __________.
5.I am a ____________________.
To practice the vocabulary of community helpers, I had pre-made cards that fit in the blanks. So sitting with thier groups, I would hold up a card. If it said airport, the the group discussing pilots would get that card and fill it in thier sentence strips. If the card said, "enforce the law" then the police officer group would get that card. Once all the cards have been passed out, they filled in their sentence strips and then rewrite their report into a...

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community helpers
Posted by:ECE teacher #53924

I am currently in the process of thinking up a unit about community helpers myself. Since I have only 4 days to work with, and we already did a Fire Safety unit with firemen, I'm thinking of focusing in on construction workers. These are the ideas I have so far:
Books, books, books (of course). Checking out my local library I found quite an assortment of books that I can bring in to our classroom library.
A co-teacher's husband is a contractor, so we may be able to have a "special guest" come & visit and bring in some real tools. I may ask him to help children pound nails into boards (being sure children have safety goggles on!)[addresses eye hand co-ordination, motor skills, safety rules, co-operation]
For plumbers: I'm thinking about purchasing some plastic PVC pipes and joints (elbows, t's, connectors). The pipes would be cut to reasonable...

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Posted by:Tina #40448

Have guests visit your school from various occupations to discuss what they do and what they had to do to get to that position. After the occupation study (reading books about different occupations, watching videos etc) Ask students to choose an occupation to present to the group. They can come dressed up as a community worker and present a couple of interesting facts about that occupation and tell why they chose it.

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Posted by:Carol #10615

Dear Patty,
I am a speech/language pathologist in a 3-5 intermediate school. My 3rd grade groups decided that they wanted to do a vocabulary unit on occupations. Each student had to interview an adult about their job - what did they do, where did they work, what 'tools of the trade' did they use. Each student had to present his occupation to the rest of the class.

The students then learned to use a digital camera to take pictures of each other. These pictures were inserted into Powerpoint along with graphics depicting job sites, workers and 'tools of the trade'. The students then recorded and inserted their voices into our 'living book'. The basic framework of the books was:

Slide 1: (Student picture and voice) "When I grow up I could be....."

Slide 2: (Picture of farmer/student's voice) "...a farmer and grow food for people all...

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Career Fair
Posted by:Hermie #38834

This year my school had a career fair. A committee of teachers organized it with a minimum of trouble. All our presenters (except 2) were parents. We had 15-minute stations that all classrooms rotated through. This wasn't enough time for the presenters, but was perfect for the kids. Some of our occupations included: fireman, beauty consultants (beautician and nail techs together in one room), nurse, veterinarian, Dept. of Wildlife, minister (for K-1-2)/ funeral director (3-4-5), professional race car driver (with his racecar in the parking lot), cattle farmer (with her cows), etc. The kids loved it!

I hope this helps.

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