1.)Day 1: The teacher will introduce community helpers. Who is a community helper? Make a web of the students' comments on the board. Ask: What is a community helper? (Someone in the community who helps others by providing a service of some kind.) Read Community Helpers From A to Z by Bobbie Kalman.
2.)Day 2: Hide several medical supplies (tongue depressors, cotton swabs, bandages, stethoscope, etc.) around the room before the lesson begins.
Discuss what doctors do and how they help us. (They help take care us when we are sick and give us medicine to make us feel better.) Have a "doctor scavenger hunt" by allowing students to find the hidden medical supplies. Then discuss how the doctor uses these supplies to help others. Read I Want to Be a Doctor by Daniel Liebman.
3.)Day 3: Discuss what dentists do and how they are helpful. (They help keep our teeth and gums healthy.) Have a large set of teeth and a toothbrush to practice good toothbrushing techniques. Read My Dentist By Harlow Rockwell.
4.)Day 4: Discuss police officers and their jobs. (They help keep our community safe.) Have students work together to come up with laws for the classroom, and then have students role play different scenarios as police officers and citizens. Read I Want to Be a Police Officer by Daniel Liebman.
5.)Day 5: Discuss fire fighters and their jobs. (They help put out fires and also help take care of people in emergencies.) Have students discuss fire safety such as "stop, drop, and roll", crawling under smoke, and having a family meeting place outside the home if the house caught on fire. Read I Want to Be a Fire Fighter by Daniel Liebman.
6.)Day 6: Discuss postal workers and their jobs. (They sort and deliver our mail.) Have students write short letters to other members of the class and take turns delivering the "mail."
Read The Jolly Postman by Allen Alhberg.
7.)Day 7: Discuss veterinarians and their jobs. (They help take care of our sick animals.) Make a list of pets owned by students in the class and complete a graph comparing the numbers of dogs, cats, etc. As different kinds of pets are mentioned, discuss how the veterinarian helps this pet. Read I Want to Be a Vet by Daniel Liebman.
8.)Day 8: Discuss teachers and their jobs. (They help us learn the things that will make us successful in the world.) Have students play "teacher for a minute" and allow them to lead the class as if they were the teacher. Read I Want to Be a Teacher by Daniel Liebman.
9.)Day 9: Have students look back at the different community helpers listed on the web on Day One. Have students pick their favorite community helper and write a sentence telling why this helper is important. After writing their sentences, they are to draw pictures illustrating what they like about this job. Using the template attached, allow each student to type his/her sentence onto a slide in the presentation. When their pictures are complete, scan them and include each student's picture on his/her slide.
10.)Day 10: Finish working on the presentation as a class by creating a title slide using Word Art.
To use WordArt:
Open Microsoft Word.
Go to Insert - Picture, then select WordArt.
The WordArt window will appear.
Select the WordArt desired by clicking on it once.
Another window will saying to "Type Your Text Here." Just start typing the desired text.
Select the Font type and size, then click OK.
The WordArt will appear on the slide. Change its size by clicking on the corner boxes and dragging. To move the WordArt to a new location, just click in the center and drag.
Then view the presentation together.