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TITLE:     COMMUNITY HELPERS

AUTHOR:     Shirley Sutton, Parkside Elementary,
            Powell, Wyoming

GRADE LEVEL:      K-2

OVERVIEW:  Many children see Community Helpers only as those
people who wear uniforms or have jobs that we see or hear about on
television .  The children often do not realize there are many
other workers who contribute to a successful community.

PURPOSE:    The purpose of this lesson is to help the children
realize that it takes many, varied jobs for a city or town to work
as a community.

OBJECTIVES:   As a result of this activity,  students will:
    1. As a group, list many, varied, and unusual jobs that people
might have.

     2. Identify the purpose of the work done by their parents
either in the home or outside of the home. 

     3. Become aware of and appreciate many different jobs that
make a successful community.

     4. Involve parents in a school learning activity.

RESOURCES:
Teachers Materials:  
A note home ( explaining the project and asking for parental help,)
chart paper, marker, adult helpers to write stories.

Student Materials:
Paper, pencil, crayons.

ACTIVITIES AND PROCEDURES:  
       1. Make a list together as a class of the many jobs people
might have.

       2. Bring in a "tool of the trade" of one or both of their
parents.  The child should be able to explain the tool as a part
of their parents work.  (Examples: wrench, computer paper,
measuring spoon, pampers.)

       3. Parents may come in to demonstrate their "tool of the trade."

       4. The children will draw and write( or dictate) a story
about a person using their parent's tool. 

        5. The children will draw and tell about what they might
like to do when they grow up.

TYING IT ALL TOGETHER:
     1. Display all the Community Helpers and the new "tools."
      
     2. Have the children add to the list of the many, varied,
and unusual jobs that people have.

     3. Share their stories with their classmates and families.

     4. Take field trips to appreciate the jobs performed by the
various helpers.


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