Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12
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Students will learn that a job is work people do to earn a living in the world today.Students will learn the difference between jobs that provide a service and jobs that provide a good.
You are mayor of a new up and coming community. You need to make sure your town is safe so that many new people will move into your area. When you build your community you will need to match each worker to the job that she or he provides. Notice whether that person provides a good or a service to the community. It is important that both types of people live in your community in order for it to grow.
[Note: Teachers and advanced students can click here to learn more about city planning]
The learner will match each person with the job that she or he provides for the community, using this interactive drag and drop activity.
After the students have determined the job that each person provides, have them design their own working community using these worksheets — or draw their own. Make sure they include:
The students will then add any other details that they think their community should have in order to look like a community that someone would want to live in.
They could also write a story about their community including several reasons why someone would want to move there.
You may also want your students to design a billboard advertising the new growth and development of their community and why it would be the perfect place to live.
Why do communities need people who provide services as well as goods?
[You need to have both types of people to have a balance. People need to have a place to purchase items that they need in order to live. Businesses need to carry items that people are interested in purchasing so that they are able to sell them to make a living. It is with this balance that a community is able to support itself and grow in population.]
What would happen to a community if there were no businesses in town?
[The people would have to drive to another city to buy their food and clothes. It might not be a very safe town if there were no fire departments or police departments there. People would have to drive to other communities to shop for food and clothes, or to go to the doctor.]
Teachers can assess students understanding by using this interactive drag and drop activity. In this activity students will sort people into the categories they belong in (good, service, or both).
Have the students draw a picture of themselves doing jobs that they are responsible for in their family. They could show themselves taking out the garbage, picking up their room, helping to clean the house, setting the table, or folding clothes. Other possible jobs include mowing the lawn or cleaning the kennel or cage for a pet. Have the students write a story about themselves and present it to the class.
To learn more about kids who are making a difference in their community check out the what kids can do website.
Grades K-2, 3-5, 6-8, 9-12