Students work together to decorate community helpers and learn about careers.
Can use either AllStar or SureCut Dies.
Career exploration at the early elementary level allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, goal setting and planning. As students work in small groups, they engage in dialogue about how diverse people come together to serve a community and the special clothing required for their jobs. Students reflect on their group performance to appreciate the benefits and challenges of working together as a classroom community. Younger students can choose their favorite community helper or select from a given list. Second language learners can learn the English words for careers through this project. At the end of the lesson, the teacher may ask groups to present their projects and explain why certain colors, materials or symbols were chosen.
Using a Boy or Girl Figure and art supplies, students create a wreath of community helpers to illustrate how people come together to play important roles in society.
Note: This lesson can be created using either Ellison AllStar or SureCut Dies.
Supplies Used: Construction Paper, Beads, Buttons, Chalk, Colored Pencils, Crayons, Fabric, Felt, Glue, Pens, Scissors
The teacher will die-cut the materials for student use prior to the lesson.
Fine Arts: Visual Arts
K-4 Standard 1: Understanding and Applying Media, Techniques and Processes
K-4 Standard 3: Choosing and Evaluating a Range of Subject Matter, Symbols and Ideas
K-4 Standard 6: Making connections between visual arts and other disciplines
Social Studies: Individuals, Groups and Institutions
Pre-K-12: Standard 5
National Council for the Social Studies, Expectations of Excellence: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies (Washington, D.C.: NCSS, 1994). This book may be purchased by calling 800-683-0812. Electronic copies of it are not available. Source: Curriculum Standards for Social Studies
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