Elementary Career Development Activities

Teachers and parents – are you looking for a way to engage young learners in fun career awareness and career exploration activities? We’ve got you covered with home learning materials you can put to immediate use with K-5 students. And, since distance learning has become the norm, we made sure they’re easy to implement outside the classroom.

Oklahoma CareerTech, sponsor of The OK Career Guide, powered by Kuder® (www.OKCareerGuide.org) created the resources below, which are organized by grade level. Adapt any of these ideas to better meet the needs of your students. 


Grade Level: K-1
Shop ’Til You Drop

In this activity, students identify and count money. They'll connect coins and bills with place values by setting up a grocery store with a toy register (or a shoebox if one isn’t handy), play money, and grocery items.

shop til you drop activity


Grade Level:  2-3
Custom Burgers

This activity brings students an awareness of how work relates to the needs and functions of society. 

Custom Burgers Activity


Grade Level: 4-5
If At First You Don't Succeed

This activity helps students understand how to make decisions. Students will also learn how failing can be a learning opportunity. 

If At First You Don't Succeed


Click here to access more OK Career Tech elementary career development lessons. OK Career Tech also created a Kuder Galaxy®-specific curriculum, which integrates materials they developed, along with Kuder's lesson plans and downloads.

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