Lesson 3: Jobs in the Community

Activities

Activity 1: Community Workers

Choose one of the following options for your child to complete.

Option 1

Give your child the "Community Workers" (Option 1) sheet. Ask him to read or help you read the name of each community helper. Next, ask him to circle the first and last letters of each label and to name and sound out each letter. As you look at each worker, ask your child what the worker does and how his/her job makes the community a better place. Then, ask your child to draw a line from the worker to the place in the community where he/she would work.

Option 2 (Advanced)

Give your child the "Community Workers" (Option 2) sheet. Ask him to read the name of each community helper and ask him what the worker does and how his/her job makes the community a better place. Then, ask your child to draw a line from the name of the worker to the place in the community where he/she would work.

Encourage your child to draw a symbol to represent each community worker. He can draw the symbol above the name of the worker.

Activity 2: Community Helpers Chart

Choose one of the following options for your child to complete.

Option 1

This activity will take place over the next few days. On the sheet called "Community Helper" (Option 1), ask your child to attempt to read the names of the workers. He can circle the beginning letter of each word and attempt to sound out the word. Tell your child that he will be taking this list with him when he goes out in the community over the next few days. Explain to him that each time he sees a community worker, he needs to put a tally mark in the box next to the worker's name. You may need to show him what a tally mark looks like.

For example, if he sees the letter carrier put your mail in the mailbox, he should put one tally mark next to "letter carrier." Show him what a tally mark looks like and let him practice making tally marks.

After 4 or 5 days of recording sightings of community workers, ask your child to look carefully at the chart he created and to answer the following questions:
  • How many marks do you have for each community worker? (Put the number in the "Total" box.)
  • Which worker did you see most often?
  • Which worker(s) did you see least often or not at all?

Option 2

This activity will take a few days to complete. On the sheet called "Community Helper" (Option 2), ask your child to write the names of the community workers you explored in Activity 1. Once he has finished writing the names, ask him to read through his list. Tell him that he will be taking this list with him when he goes out in the community over the next few days. Explain that each time he sees a community worker, he needs to put a tally mark in a box next to the community worker's name. For example, if he sees the letter carrier put your mail in the mailbox, he should put one tally mark next to "letter carrier." Show him what a tally mark looks like and let him practice making tally marks.

After 4 or 5 days of recording sightings of community workers, ask him to look carefully at the chart he created and to answer the same questions as for Option 1 (above).

Activity 3: Observing a Community Worker

Materials: books about community workers from the local library
Explain to your child that there are many kinds of jobs that he could have when he grows up. Tell him that for this activity you want him to think about working as a community helper. Read through the list of community helpers in Activity 1 and feel free to add others to the list. Ask your child which community helper he would most like to be when he grows up and why. Once your child has selected a worker, encourage him to spend some time observing and talking with the worker at his/her job. Tell your child to pay attention to what the worker does and whom he/she helps during the day. After your child has observed the community helper, ask him to describe what he saw. Record his ideas so that he does not forget.