Grades K-5 Activities
Activities for Kindergarten through Fifth Grade
Activities for Sixth Grade through Eighth Grade
Activities for Ninth Grade through Twelfth Grade

Before In-Demand Jobs Week

Read the book, Oh the Places You'll Go. 

  • Have students help you define career-related vocabulary words, such as accomplish, imagine, exciting, future and success. 
    • Read the book to the class, or have a class read aloud. 
    • Talk about the book as a group.
    • Review the vocabulary words to see how they apply in the book. 
    • Assign students a related writing or presentation project. Theme: What can I be when I grow up?

Do Career Coloring Pages!

These are great to use in art class or in any kindergarten or first-grade classroom. Give students age-appropriate definitions of "in-demand" careers, and have a discussion about careers your students could enjoy when they grow up. Have each student choose a coloring page that interests him or her most, then display the finished pages in the classroom leading up to In-Demand Jobs Week. 

Visit the A-Z Career Lab

Students individually watch a career video and read the report about a career with a name that starts with the first letter of his or her name. Afterward, have students share their thoughts about what they watched and read with class partners.

  • Have students write and sound out words they do not know and can't pronounce. Have older students look up the meanings of the words they don't know. 

During In-Demand Jobs Week

Schedule virtual classroom speakers

Invite business and community partners to talk to students about their career fields and industries through your remote classrooms. When choosing speakers, first consider the parents of the students in your class.

Take a virtual field trip

A zoo, apple orchard or a manufacturing facility all are great places to see and talk about the different kinds of jobs people do.

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After In-Demand Jobs Week

Continue exploring careers

Continue exploring careers on INFOhio and OhioMeansJobs K-12.

Have each student write a "letter to future self"

Have students build on the information they've gathered by brainstorming about careers they might want to pursue individually. After selecting the career of his or her choice, have each child write a letter to his or her future self stating that career choice and reasons the student chose that career.

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