Big Ideas

  • Public identity is influenced by personal choices and decisions.
  • Exploring our strengths and abilities can help us identify our goals.
  • Leadership requires listening to and respecting the ideas of others.
  • Family and community relationships can be a source of support and guidance when solving problems and making decisions.
  • Good learning and work habits contribute to short- and long-term personal and career success.

Curricular Competencies:

Personal Development

  • goal-setting strategies
  • problem-solving and decision-making strategies
  • emergent leadership skills

Connections to Community

  • cultural and social awareness
  • generational roles and responsibilities
  • safety hazards and rules at school, at home and in the community

Resources for Gr. 4-5

OverDrive (digital or eBooks)

Log in to OverDrive and go to to “Collections” in the menu near the top of the home page and choose “Grade 4/5 for BC’s New Curriculum”, which will include books for Career Education. Some of the many books available are listed below:

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Creating a Digital Portfolio by Suzy Rabbat (Gr. 3-6)

Learn how to create an interesting online portfolio of your work.

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Entrepreneurship Create your Own Business by Alex Kahan (Grades 4-8)

From the early days of traders and trappers to today’s global online marketplace, business is the glue that holds our world together. In Entrepreneurship: Create Your Own Business, children learn what it takes to transform a great idea into their own new business. Through plenty of hands-on activities, art and history meet economics and math while young readers gain a solid understanding of how a business works.

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Get Organized without Losing It by Janet S. Fox (Grade 3-4)

Kids today have a lot to keep track of—and keep organized. Schoolwork, friends, activities, chores…rooms, backpacks, lockers, desks…and what about fun? Here’s friendly, practical, humorous help for kids who want to manage their tasks, their time, and their stuff—without going overboard or being totally obsessed. Tips, techniques, strategies, and examples empower kids to conquer clutter, prioritize tasks, handle homework, prepare for tests, plan projects, stop procrastinating, and start enjoying the benefits of being organized: less stress and more success. Lists and steps make it doable; jokes and cartoons make it enjoyable. Recommended for any kid who’s frustrated, overwhelmed, and sick of hearing “Clean your room!” “Where’s your homework?” and “You’re going to be late AGAIN!”

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Life Skills by Mark Twain Media (Grades 5+)

Guide students in grades 5 and up toward a healthy lifestyle, both physically and financially, using Life Skills: Preparing Students for the Future. This 128-page book covers topics such as work ethic, nutrition, exercise, sexually transmitted diseases, drugs, and preparing financially for the future. Graphic organizers, self inventories, puzzles, real-life situations, and activities provide creative opportunities for students to assess their own lifestyles and make good choices for the future.

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Real Kids, Real Stories, Real Change by Garth Sunden (Gr. 5-7)

Inspire kids and teens to personal, community, and social action with this book of thirty true stories of young people overcoming adversity to achieve great things and make a difference around the world. Compelling, funny, inspiring, and poignant, the book features kids and teens who used their heads, their hearts, their character, their courage, and sometimes their stubbornness, to help others and do amazing things. Inside you’ll find examples of youth volunteering, kids making a difference, and young people initiating community and social action to change their world. What makes these kids so special? Eleven-year-old Tilly saved the lives of 100 people in Thailand because she knew the warning signs of a tsunami. Ten-year-old Jean-Dominic won a battle against pesticides—and the cancer they caused in his body. Fifteen-year-old Malika fought against segregation in her Alabama town. Six-year-old Ryan raised over one million dollars to drill water wells in Africa. And thirteen-year-old Bethany, a competitive surfer, lost her left arm (and almost her life) to a shark, but got back on her surfboard.

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See you Later, Procrastinator! by Pamela Espeland  (Gr. 4-8)

Kids today are notorious for putting things off—it’s easy for homework and chores to take a backseat to playing video games, hanging out with friends, watching television or surfing online. Full-color cartoons and kid-friendly text teach kids how to get motivated, stay motivated, and get things done. Kids learn 12 reasons why people procrastinate and 12 Procrastination Busters that can help; 20 ways to kiss procrastination good-bye; tips for avoiding setbacks like the dreaded Domino Effect; and Mighty Motivators and Fun Rewards to keep them on track. See You Later, Procrastinator! gives kids lots of ways to kick the procrastination habit and feel more in charge of their lives.

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Starting your Own Business by Cecilia Minden (Grades 4-8)

Do you have a great idea? Do you think customers would pay to buy your product or service? Read this book to learn more about starting your own business and why good math skills are necessary if you want to make your business a success.

One Hen

One Hen by Katie Smith Milway   (Gr. 2-5)

Inspired by true events, One Hen tells the story of Kojo, a boy from Ghana who turns a small loan into a thriving farm and a livelihood for many.

The Good Garden

The Good Garden by Katie Smith Milway (gr. 3-5)

María’s family are poor Honduran farmers, growing barely enough to eat. Then a new teacher comes to town and shows María sustainable farming practices that yield good crops. An inspiring story, based on actual events, that shows us how farms and hopes are transformed as good gardens begin to grow.

L4U (campus library)

Health & Career, Grade 5 by Janis Scott, Living Books for Life 2012

This book has been created for teachers and home schoolers in BC. We have taken each learning outcome an paired them up with a list of interesting books from the public library system to fulfill each outcome. We have also written interactive and engaging activities for each outcome. There is no prep work left for you to do!

Hot Jobs in Video Games”: Cool Careers in Interactive Entertainment by Joe Funk.

A comprehensive guide to pursuing a career in the field of video game development.

Health & Career – Grade 4 by Janis Scott, Living Books for Life 2012

This book has been created for teachers and home schoolers in BC. We have taken each learning outcome an paired them up with a list of interesting books from the public library system to fulfill each outcome. We have also written interactive and engaging activities for each outcome. There is no prep work left for you to do!


For enrolled families to access the thirty+ online subscriptions available to them, please go to your parent homepage in Encom.  From the menu along the top, choose “Curriculum Resources”.  Then scroll down to find the links and passwords for all the subscriptions available to you; the ones listed below are all free to you.  For more information go to subscriptions in the Learning Commons. →  Another Kind of Circus (Cirque du Soleil)

Discovery Education Streaming → Log in to Careers/Work Place Skills, and to the right, choose the grade: 3-5. Students can can then choose from the following topics: Education, Engineering, Environmental Occupations, Health, Human Services, Marketing and Sales, Media and Arts, Personal and Building Services, Production Occupations, Professional Specialty Occupations, Scientific Occupations, Technical and Related Occupations, Technology, Transportation and Material Moving Occupations and lastly, Workplace Skills.

Start a blog with our subscription Kidblog (for K-8) and learn how to create community online in a safe scaffolded environment.

Learn360 → Log in to Learn360 and from the “Browse Subjects”, choose  Careers & Job SearchGuidance & Counseling, or Technical & Vocational Education. (Choose your subject, then go to the “Filters” on the right, and check “3-5”, as in the screenshot below.)

Gr 3-5 filters Learn360

Passport to the Internet (Gr. 4-8)  Learning to improve safety on the internet.  For more information from the Learning Commons website:  Passport to the Internet.

RightNow media → Search the Torchlighters series for leadership and Leo Trend or Friend for different themed topics around careers, work and friendship;  Gigi: God Made Princesses in All Shapes and Sizes.

World Book Kids (K-5) Log in through the parent home page in Encom under “Curriculum Resources”.  Activities →  Working on a HouseArchitectural MazeChemistry SearchLesson Plans for ParentsImportant People.  Tutorials for using World Book Kids.

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