The following are various career resources that can easily be integrated into the middle school curriculum. Just click on the underlined titles to access more information.
Middle School (6th-8th Grades):
Believing the College Dream -- This website has downloadable curriculum, “Believing the College Dream” geared to middle school students.
Career Capture (5th-8th Grades) -- This site targets girls interested in technology careers.
This site provides career and educational information for middle school students.
Career Exploration Activity Using the Career Clusters -- Great to use with Interest Surveys! The purpose of this lesson is for the students to learn the different career opportunities available and for them to start thinking of the career path they would like to take. This activity is a great way for students to visibly see the career clusters and apply which cluster best suites them. Also included is an activity for the students to complete using a cluster of grapes. This activity does not take long and it is a great way to reinforce the career clusters concept along with a quiz with answer key for you to utilize. Cost is $3.50 to download.
Career Exploration Lessons for 6th & 7th Grades -- The sixth and seventh grade program features age-appropriate, theme-oriented lesson plans to be used in the classroom to guide students through career exploration. There are 36 lesson plans and five revised lesson plans in this supplement to the teacher’s guide.
Careers For Kids Card Game -- This webpage features a career awareness card game that can be purchased on-line called Careers For Kids, produced by Exceptional Teaching Inc. The deck of cards contains more then 40 cards, each with a short description of an exciting career, a fun fact about the job, and an open-ended question to get the conversation going. Some examples of careers mentioned on the cards are: Technology: Software Designer, Computer Animator, and Audio Engineer, Sports: Sports Lawyer, Physical Education Teacher, Sports Photographer, and Art: Comic Strip Cartoonist, Art Historian, and Toy Designer. Cost is $3.50 for each deck of cards.
Careers for Me Plus – 6-9; Cost is $47.50
Careers in Health (6th-8th Grades) -- A lesson plan about careers in health care.
Careers in Television (6th-8th Grades) -- A lesson plan about careers in television.
Career Lesson Activities
A set of career lessons for teachers to utilize in elementary and middle school classrooms.
Careers On Stage and On Air (6th-8th Grades) -- A lesson plan about careers in the theatre.
CIA 6-12 Grade -- This website has fun games and information about careers in federal government.
Connecting Students with the World of Work
TEAM is a guide written by teachers for teachers as an aid to enable students tomaximize their career potential. One goal of this guide is to better prepare students for the demands of a technological society by helping them connect their educationalexperiences to the world of work. Since the 1980’s a number of reports, including the“Work Force 2000” by the Hudson Institute and the SCANS Report by the U.S.Department of Labor have documented the challenges we face as educators. If we are to meet these challenges, we must involve the school, parents, and business community in a collaborative effort to assist our students with decision making, life skills, and career planning.
Could This Be Your Life?
This is an interactive game teaching students about careers and life choices. Studentsselect a career, form a family and choose a place to live and see the consequences their choices may have on their life.
An interactive site about the career field of engineering showcasing career profiles, career facts, video activities, problem-solving scenarios, games, and downloads.
Dream Catchers: Developing Career & Educational Awareness in the Intermediate Grades by Norene Lindsay. This workbook is designed to help students in grades 5-9 with career awareness and development through a variety of hands-on activities. It provides young people the “opportunity to plan their future, showing them how to ‘catch their future dreams’ and make them come true. The latest edition contains a fourth section covering career research that includes revised career clusters and is updated to reflect the needs of today's elementary and middle-school students and new information about the career world.” ISBN #9781593570026—Available through most online bookstores.
Energy Kids -- Information about energy, careers and fun games are all located here.
Engineer Girl -- This site is designed to bring national attention to the exciting opportunities that engineering represents for girls and women.
Exploring Careers Using the Internet -- In this multisession lesson, students begin with a discussion of blogs and the concept of careers. Students choose careers that interest them or that they want to pursue, use online resources to research career options, and then publish occupational summaries to a class blog. To prepare students to write a blog entry, they discuss writing styles appropriate for an online format and view several examples of existing blogs. Students then use their research to write, share, and revise occupational descriptions, edit and proofread revised drafts, and publish final descriptions online. The resulting class blog is discussed as a class and sent to their target audience of students, teachers, and parents connected with their school.
FBI -- Designed for students to learn more about the FBI through age-appropriate games, tips, stories, and interactives. They will also introduce you to their working dogs and show FBI special agents and analysts investigate cases.
Kids.gov is a site where kids can create, share, learn and have fun! There are a variety of great resources, which includes information on careers. You don’t have to worry about unsafe links or advertising on Kids.gov.
Explore interesting jobs in a variety of virtual workplaces.
Life At Sea: Careers in Marine Science (6th-8th Grades) -- This lesson will help students learn more about recent advances in the study of sea life and how the people who do this work may ultimately affect the sea—its health and inhabitants. Students will investigate different careers in ocean study.
National Aeronautics Space Administration
NASA for 5-8 Kids—provides great activities and games to learn more about careers inthe aerospace field.
Own Your Own Future -- Start owning your own future by exploring resources that will help you on your path to college. The whole site is organized by grade to make sure you get the exact info you need. So that's where we begin...
Quiz: What’s Your Job Personality?
Did you ever wonder what career matches your personality? Think you’re best suited to be a world-renowned novelist or a city garbage truck driver? Take this quiz and find out!
Rocket21 -- gives tweens and young teens unprecedented access to world class experts -- people who do the incredible things kids dream of doing. Explore how things you love connect to your future.
Sailing Into Your Future
An activity book that is intended to help middle school students assess their interests,personality traits, skills, learning styles; and learn more about what is important to them. They will also explore the changing world of work, occupations of interest, career clusters, and cool jobs in technology and how to get there. Lastly, they will plan by learning how to set and reach goals, make a budget, and more.
The Career Game -- This site provides career investigation tools for both individual and classroom career counseling sessions. The Career Game self-assessment and career guidance products are used in thousands of elementary, middle, junior and senior high schools as well as career exploration programs outside the school environment. Self-scoring, color-coded, interest inventory workbooks along with computer options and videos quickly convert hobbies, heroes and favorites into matching job recommendations at four different educational levels.
The Fun Works—For Careers You Never Knew Existed
Have you ever wondered what career possibilities exist in fields that interest you? Forexample, do you enjoy art, music, or science? Would you like to find information aboutinteresting jobs that involve them? Are you curious about what a day on the job might be like, how much money you would make, or what training you would need? Well you've come to the right place! This site helps young people like you explore ways to link interests to exciting future careers.
What’s A Career Path? Video
A humorous video to help students in grades 4-8 discover the importance of a careerpath.
What Do You Like
This interactive site explores career information from the Bureau of Labor Statistics.
What’s My Job?
Students match clues to various job titles.
Workforce Solutions is proud to make the "When I Grow Up" educational program available to you at no charge. This mini-unit can be used in conjuntion with your school's career day or done in the classroom. Each lesson includes the audience type, time allotment, level of Bloom's Taxonomy and the TEKS that apply. The mini-unit is designed to be flexible so you can use and customize the lessons that best suit your instructional needs.
Who R U? -- What type of career is best for you? Find out by taking this career family survey.
Young Person’s Occupational Handbook and Activities Book
The Occupational Outlook Handbook is a guidebook that is ideal for helping youngpeople explore careers. The Activities book is an inexpensive, interactive, and convenient way to add career awareness and career exploration to your middle- or junior-high school curriculum, designed to be used with the Handbook. Cost is $19.95.
Your Work Cut Out for You -- A lesson plan on career planning.