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

Make sure to check out OK Career Tech's Kuder Galaxy®-specific curriculum, which integrates materials they developed, along with Kuder's lesson plans and downloads.

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About The Author

Amy Khokhar

Amy Khokhar serves as editor of the Kuder Blog. She holds a bachelor’s degree in English from Colby College and is a National Career Development Association Global Career Development Facilitator (GCDF) and Certified Career Services Provider (CCSP).

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