Matching People With Their Careers
Have students match jobs with places in the neighborhood, then bring them to life!
- Grades: PreK–K
- Photos from magazines of people at work and their workplaces
Children will use their classification skills as they explore people and places in the community.
Cut out photos from magazines of people doing specific jobs and separate photos of the places where they work (a firefighter and a fire house, a construction worker and a construction site, a doctor and a hospital, and so on).
1. Show children the photos of people doing different jobs, one photo at a time. Talk together about what the people are doing and where they might work. Ask children which of the places they've seen in their neighborhood. Encourage children to share any experiences they've had with these people and places.
2. Put out the photos of people so children can see them. Then show children a photo of the place where one of the people works, and ask them to find the photo of the person who works there. Continue until children have matched all the photos.
3. Divide children into two groups. Invite each child in one group to choose a pair of photos. Tell children that they can act out the job they selected, and encourage them to think about how they can pretend to do that job. Children can find props to help them in their dramatic play.
4. Have those children who selected photos act out their jobs. Children in the second group can pretend to visit them in their workplaces and try to guess what each place is. How can they tell? After a while, have the two groups switch so that everyone has a chance to role-play the jobs.
Make a set of career cards. Cover the photos of workplaces and the photos of people with clear contact paper Children can use the cards to play a matching game. In small groups, children can each take two cards. Then they can take turns choosing a card from the pile, trying to match photos of a workplace with the photo of the person who works there. When they get a match, they can put the pair on the table.
Learn about the jobs people do every day in the neighborhood with these books.
- I Want a Hat Like That by Tom Cooke
- The Postman by Rosalinda Kightley
- Tools by Ann Morris
This activity originally appeared in the March, 1998 issue of Early Childhood Today.