ALEX Lesson Plan


What Will I Be When I Grow Up?

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Author:Barbara Little
System: Huntsville City
School: Huntsville High School
  General Lesson Information  
Lesson Plan ID: 6990


What Will I Be When I Grow Up?


During this lesson students have the opportunity to explore different types of community helpers. Students begin to identify activities and tools associated with these community helpers. Students also begin to identify helping careers they might enjoy.

 Associated Standards and Objectives 
Content Standard(s):
TC2 (K-2)
1. Identify basic parts of various technology systems.
  • Naming input and output devices
  • Examples: input—keyboard, stylus
    TC2 (K-2)
    2. Identify applications and operations of various technology systems.
    Examples: applications—word processing, multimedia presentation software
    operations—opening, closing, and saving files
  • Using accurate terminology related to technology
  • Example: "press," not "hit," keys
  • Using input devices to enter letters, numbers, and symbols
  • Using special functions of input devices
  • Example: keyboard shortcuts
  • Labeling storage media
  • Removing storage media safely
  • TC2 (K-2)
    3. Demonstrate correct posture and finger placement while using a technology system.
    TC2 (K-2)
    4. Identify safe use of technology systems and applications.
    Examples: protecting personal information online, avoiding inappropriate sites, exiting inappropriate sites
    TC2 (K-2)
    5. Practice responsible use of technology systems and applications.
    Example: maintaining proper settings
  • Demonstrating care of digital equipment and media
  • Examples: washing hands before use, cleaning work area before and after use
  • Distinguishing between ethical and unethical use of others' work
  • Examples: avoiding plagiarism, avoiding manipulation of others' work without permission
    TC2 (K-2)
    7. Use digital tools to access and retrieve information.
    Examples: online libraries, multimedia dictionaries, search engines, directories
  • Evaluating accuracy of digital content
  • Example: determining fact versus opinion
    TC2 (K-2)
    10. Design original works using digital tools.
    Examples: tools—digital drawing tools, music software, word processing software, digital cameras
    ELA2015 (K)
    12. With prompting and support, describe the connection between two individuals, events, ideas, or pieces of information in a text. [RI.K.3]
    ELA2015 (K)
    41. Use words and phrases acquired through conversations, reading and being read to, and responding to texts. [L.K.6]

    Local/National Standards:


    Primary Learning Objective(s):

    Students will describe the different roles of people in the community and the tools they need to do their jobs.

    Additional Learning Objective(s):

    Students will complete the templates using the computer.

     Preparation Information 

    Total Duration:

    Greater than 120 Minutes

    Materials and Resources:


    Technology Resources Needed:

    Computers with Internet access, printer


    Student should have basic skills using a mouse and keyboard. The teacher should arrange for community helpers to come and speak to the class.

    1.)Begin the lesson by asking students to identify community helpers in the neighborhood. List these helpers on the board.

    2.)As a class, visit the site below to discover a variety of community helpers.
    (Community Helpers)
    This site describes different types of community helpers.

    3.)When discussing each of the community helpers, list the activities the community helpers do on the board and the tools they use to do them.

    4.)The teacher may choose to use the site below to explore more community helpers. There are printouts that go along with each community helper.
    (Community Helpers)
    This site contain a variety of information about different community helpers.

    5.)Once students understand why community helpers are important to our cities, show them the attached presentation. Explain that they will be creating a slide about a community helper they might want to be when they grow up.
    Review the instructions for creating the slides.
    Print off a blank slide for students to complete before adding their slide to the presentation.

    6.)Discuss that parents are helpers also, showing students the sample newsletter attached. Give each student a "Meet my Mom/Dad" handout (see attached). Allow students time to complete the sheets. Have them take the sheets home to get parents' assistance if needed. Once they bring the sheets back, have them complete the template to create their own newsletters.

    7.)Once the presentation and newsletters are completed, have students share them with the class. Then print them off to create two class books.

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    Assessment Strategies

    The teacher will assess students' assignments using the attached rubrics.




    Students needing assistance in reading the PowerPoint presentation may receive extra help from the teacher, older student helpers, or adult volunteers.

    Each area below is a direct link to general teaching strategies/classroom accommodations for students with identified learning and/or behavior problems such as: reading or math performance below grade level; test or classroom assignments/quizzes at a failing level; failure to complete assignments independently; difficulty with short-term memory, abstract concepts, staying on task, or following directions; poor peer interaction or temper tantrums, and other learning or behavior problems.

    Presentation of Material Environment
    Time Demands Materials
    Attention Using Groups and Peers
    Assisting the Reluctant Starter Dealing with Inappropriate Behavior
    Be sure to check the student's IEP for specific accommodations.