Career exploration is becoming a popular subject in the classroom, even in the younger grades. Students are encouraged to start thinking about future jobs in terms of the skills and interests they enjoy and are developing today. This program offers middle school students an activity-based platform to studying careers. Divided into three sections, the student workbook holds over 40 worksheets that engage students in discovering different careers, recognizing important job-related skills, and the importance of ability, effort, and achievement. In the first section, students learn about the basic career clusters; think about working with data, people, or objects; and explore work conditions. The second unit focuses on skill development. Students are encouraged to think about the importance of the skills that they have acquired already, the skills required in diverse jobs, and where they can learn other job-related skills. The last group of activities helps children list their strengths and weaknesses, develop good time-management, and set achievement goals in order to see the effects that ability, effort, and achievement will have on their future career. The teacher’s guide is not necessary if you are using the program with one child to explore careers, but it may be helpful if you are teaching a full-blown career exploration unit to a small group or classroom. It holds a complete lesson plan for each activity in the student workbook consisting of a warm-up classroom or small group activity and outline of the lesson objectives, as well as suggestions for incorporating the additional 80 activities found in the supplemental activity book into the lessons. Again, if you are using the program with one or two students at home, it is probably more than you need, but in a classroom setting you may appreciate the benefit of having extra activities. It all depends on how much time you plan to devote to career studies. Steph
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