Middle School (6-8) Activities

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In-Demand Jobs Week Activities: Grades 6-8

Online Scavenger Hunt

Take your students to the OhioMeansJobs website and look for answers to the questions in the Scavenger Hunt Question Guide

Games and Quizzes about jobs

Have students examine occupations by playing online games!

Making a Career Choice

Convey to your students that choosing a career is an important decision we all get to make for ourselves. It's best to think about your adult career starting now, so you can choose courses in high school that help you achieve your goals. One strategy in career planning is to identify a career cluster — a group of jobs that call for related interests and skills. Instead of focusing on one specific job, focus on a cluster of jobs that use your interests and skills.

Use this activity to help students explore career clusters they are interested in and possible courses they could take in high school based on their career interests.

Here are a few discussion questions to consider asking your students:

  • How has technology shaped these occupations?
  • How might these occupations change in the future as technology advances?
  • If some occupations aren’t represented in your community, do you think they might be in the future? Why or why not?
  • As a follow-up activity, have students research the top careers from 20 years ago and contrast the differences between then and now.

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Create a Middle School Career Immersion Day

Work with local businesses to coordinate a career immersion day with engaging, hands-on activities for middle schoolers, including virtual tours of local companies. Work with an area business advisory council or chamber of commerce to organize speakers. This map may help connect you to partners. Work with your Career-Technical Planning District lead to connect students to its career-technical education program and industry-recognized credentials options in your area.

Continue exploring careers

Continue exploring careers on INFOhio and OhioMeansJobs K-12.

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