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
* A Job Table for students to take notes on when looking up actual jobs
* A student example of the report
* A student example of the powerpoint
* A rubric for the presentation and report with room on the side to write notes on
* A presentation rubric I like to use
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I know this is usually a high school type assignment, but my 5th graders got 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. I gave them a week to do this, and they took notes on the jobs of the results given in the aptitude tests they took. By the end of the week, they had to narrow it down to their top 3 choices (they ended up with 7-10 before narrowing). From these, I made the final choice for each student, and made 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 chose 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 6-7 weeks, including a week of presentations). The timeline also depends on your access to technology. When we started, we only had computer access in the lab one day per week, but as we finished, we had Google chrome books that we could use a few days per week. You'll see in the suggested timeline that we focused on one section per week. It starts with research, rough draft, and then a final draft due each Friday (so that they're not overwhelmed at the last minute, it keeps them on track).
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 did a report along with them). They had access to my document and used it as an example. There were also notes sheets and tables that I would share with them, rather than print it and copy it on paper for them (which would work too). Rough drafts were easier too because I could peak at them throughout the week and make suggestions because they had shared it with me.
Another fun aspect that we did was interview someone in that career. I emailed students' parents and asked if they had or knew someone who had any of the careers being researched. In the end, there were only about 5 jobs that I had to do some research to find someone local with that position. Students came up with questions and then I would forward them in an email to the person being interviewed. They would reply their answers to me and I would forward to my students. (I figured out that their student emails could not contact addresses outside of the district, but it worked out fine). Some students did in-person interviews.
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.
Also, I was very lenient on grading Table of Contents and Works Cited pages because, again, I teach 5th grade. This was their first major research paper, and I figured they'd get a lot more exposure to this in middle and high school. I simply required both sections to be complete. I only required websites and book titles and people interviewed to be listed-- nothing else.
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.