This is a research project in which students learn about a career they are interested in.
* An outline of project requirements
* A suggested timeline
* A graphic organizer for students to record notes about possible topics before choosing
* A graphic organizer for students to take notes on during research
* A Job Table for students to take notes on when looking up actual jobs
* Student examples of the report
* A student example of the powerpoint
* Teacher examples of the report (I research a new topic and write a new report as an example for my class every year)
* A rubric for the report, aligned with CCSS
* A presentation rubric I like to use
I know this is usually a high school type assignment, but my 5th graders get a lot out of this! I think it's cool for them to see what else is out there besides common jobs kids aspire to be, like policemen, nurses, firefighters, teachers…(although we had those too!)
This starts with students taking aptitude tests and discovering jobs they may not have ever heard of. I included links and brief descriptions of the ones we used. They take tests on their interests and skills in the first week, and answer some questions about their results along the way. Throughout the "Selection" week, they add jobs to the Job Choice Chart that they are interested in researching. There is room for 10, but I ask them to write at least 5-7. By the end of the week, they narrow it down to their top 3 choices. From these, I make the final choice for each student and make sure each student had a different career to research. If two students were similar (for example nurse) I made sure to select different types (like acute care and critical care nurse). I also choose based on which job I thought students would be a good fit for. We had some interesting ones in the end: epidemiologist, computer programmer, web developer, wildlife biologist, real estate agent, multimedia animator…! The list goes on!
This was VERY much modeled during the whole process (which for us ended up being about 6 weeks, including a week of presentations). The timeline also depends on your access to technology. You'll see in the suggested timeline that my class generally spends one or two days researching a section, and then one or two days writing that section before moving on (there are five major subtopics). You could easily stretch this out, depending on how much time you can/want to devote to this.
We did all of our work in Google Drive, which I highly recommend! It was nice because I would model how to research, and how to type a rough draft and edit it in my own document (I do a report along with them). They had access to my document and a student example document and used them as examples. This project has evolved over time as well, and now I give students a Google Doc template to type onto, with all the formatting, subtopics, and titles, and everything all in there already for them. I also now have books (ranging from 3rd grade to 7th grade reading levels on probably 40 different jobs) I've collected now for about 5 years. I provide each student with a book so that not ALL of their information is from the internet… which is often more advanced for 5th graders anyways.
Something extra students can do is interview someone with that job too!
Once the report was done, students made a powerpoint presentation (also in Google Drive). This was at the end of the year, so they had made several already.
****All of these files are also Google docs. If after purchasing you would prefer to have the Google doc version, I would not mind sharing!!!! Please let me know.