Are you looking for a new, refreshing way to choose jobs in your classroom this year? Trying to find something for your upper elementary students that presents a fun challenge and isn't too "cutesy?" This is THE pack for you!
I created this product for my fourth-grade class because I wanted to encourage their development of 21st century skills… and because, let’s face it, we all want a classroom jobs system that WORKS! My class absolutely loved the process of reading through job criteria, choosing a job, writing an application, and waiting to see if they were accepted. They took the whole thing so seriously! It really allowed them to take ownership of their classroom and see how important it is for everyone to get along so things function smoothly.
In my classroom, I have students apply for jobs each nine weeks. For the first nine weeks, I introduce the jobs on the second or third day and give the students a week to get their applications in. I do strongly encourage them to apply sooner than a week – after all, if an applicant fits the position, they might get the job before you’ve even applied! For the rest of the year, a week before the nine weeks is up, I post the job openings board somewhere conspicuous in the classroom. They know what that means, and they get SO excited to grab an application and get their first choice!
**Please note: Due to clipart restrictions, I cannot make this file editable. I did try to make the job descriptions general enough to use in most classrooms; however, if upon downloading you realize that you need something worded differently, just email me at firstname.lastname@example.org and I will be happy to update them for you!
This Packet Contains:
★ 24 Unique Job Titles and Descriptions ★
I like to hand these out to my students or display them somewhere in the classroom. We do go over what everything means together the first time.
★ Job Openings Board ★
I recommend laminating this sheet or putting it in a page protector. As the jobs fill, you can cross each off with a dry erase marker.
★ Colorful Job Cards ★
I hang these up on a cabinet in abc order and then place my students’ “about me” cards next to them. Black and white copy included at the end.
★ Colorful About Me Cards ★
You can have students fill these out at the beginning of the year and keep them for each job cycle, or they can fill a new one out for each job cycle. Black and white copy included at the end.
★ Job Applications ★
Mock job applications – formally worded but also explained in more “kid-friendly” terms. I always show them how to fill it out and explain that well written applications (correct spelling, punctuation, etc.) are sure to be picked over less thorough ones!
★ Acceptance Letter ★
I print these while the students are gone to a special and have them on their desks when they come back. They love the surprise of not knowing! Sample included at the end
★ Rejection (nicely worded!) Letter ★
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