A Web of Workers

Language Arts

This activity emphasizes the interdependence of workers in the community.


Chalkboard or chart


  1. Explain to children that for every worker there are other workers on whose services the worker depends. Begin by using a school worker other than yourself as an example, such as a schoolbus driver or sports coach. Print the word SERVICES on the chalkboard, then draw a circle below it and print SCHOOLBUS DRIVER in the center. Add to the web by including other workers whose services are necessary to the bus driver's work -- for example, the mechanic who makes sure the bus runs correctly, the person who plans the bus routes, etc.

  2. Ask children to think of other people whose services are related to the worker's job. Add their suggestions to the web.

  3. Next create a PRODUCTS web that shows products that the worker in your web might use, such as books, tools, computer software, or a telephone. Explain that many other workers are needed to make these products.


Teams of children can work together to create webs that show the services and products used in other occupations.

Create a bulletin board display for which children draw different workers and the tools they use as they provide their services or products.

Use the PRODUCTS web as the basis of discussion of what resources are used to create each product. Create a RESOURCES web.

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