Make a Career Book!

First Grade Reading & Writing Activities: Make a Career Book!

What You Need:

  • Medium pad of drawing paper
  • Markers or crayons
  • Hole punch
  • Yarn or string

What You Do:

  1. Have your child brainstorm a list of jobs and careers that he knows about. Examples might include: doctor, firefighter, actor, veterinarian, chef, artist, construction worker, and pilot.
  2. How many jobs made your child's list? Have him rip out a corresponding number of pieces of paper from the drawing pad.
  3. Fold the piece of paper in half to make a crease in the middle. Make sure that the dimensions of the paper are such that each side of the crease is big enough to make a page.
  4. Now it's time to draw! You child should draw a picture of the job on one side of the paper, and write out the name of the job on the opposing side. For instance, he might draw a woman in a lab coat with a dog or cat, then write “Veterinarian” on the opposing side. (You may want to assist with spelling questions).
  5. Once your child has finished illustrating all the careers on his list (this may be an ongoing project for a few days), place the pages one inside the other to create a book. On the “spine” of the book, punch a semicircular hole 1/3 of the way from the bottom of the book, and another 1/3 of the way from the top. String a piece of yarn or twine through one hole and back through the other. Tie the ends of the string together. Voila! Your child has built a portfolio of the many jobs that exist in the world, and practise some art and writing skills, too!

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