Tools for Tomorrow
Social Studies, Art, and Language Arts Activity
Students identify tools that might be used in a range of careers of the future.
WHAT YOU NEED
- Reference materials on careers and Texas
- Help wanted ads
- Art materials
WHAT TO DO
- Tell students that they are going to observe Career Day in Texas. Explain
that a such an event is an occasion to learn about career opportunities in the
- Explain to students that they are to use reference materials to explore the
fields that interest them, then write a brief description of the job they think
they would like to have. They should accompany the description with a picture
and explanation of at least one tool they might use to carry out that job. Or,
students can draw themselves as adults, using the tools of their field, which
may be advanced versions of those in use now or even new inventions.
- Have teams of students brainstorm career possibilities, using reference
materials that describe which industries, businesses, and occupations can
currently be found in Texas. Remind students to consider supporting industries,
too. For example, if they are examining careers in agriculture, they might also
consider companies that supply farm machinery. Or, if there is an economic boom
in an area, home builders, architects, furniture designers, food suppliers, and
others would also be in demand.
- Set a date for Career Day. On that day, have students present their plans
and prospects. Post their reports where everyone can refer to them.
To get students thinking about the variety of job opportunities, you may want
to begin by creating a word web that starts with a single industry in the
center and is circled by supporting businesses. For example, if shipping is an
important enterprise in your area, have students suggest related businesses,
such as manufacturers of goods, farmers, oil workers, etc.
When students are ready to make their presentation, have them assemble
themselves by related fields, then meet as a group to discuss how their careers
Invite representatives of different fields to respond to students' questions
about the fields they are most interested in. Set up tables or booths in an
open space and invite students to learn more from each representative.
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