CAREER EDUCATION – Gr. 6-7

Big Ideas

  • Our attitudes toward careers are influenced by our view of ourselves as well as by our friends, family, and community.
  • Our personal digital identity forms part of our public identity.
  • Practising respectful, ethical, inclusive behaviour prepares us for the expectations of the workplace.
  • Leadership represents good planning, goal-setting, and collaboration.
  • Safe environments depend on everyone following safety rules.
  • New experiences, both within and outside of school, expand our career skill set and options.

Curricular Competencies:

Personal Development

  • goal-setting strategies
  • self-assessment
  • project management
  • leadership
  • problem-solving and decision-making strategies

Connections to Community

  • local and global needs and opportunities
  • cultural social awareness
  • global citizenship
  • volunteer opportunities

Life and Career Plan

  • factors affecting types of jobs in the community
  • technology in learning and working
  • role of mentors, family, community, school, and personal network in decision-making

Resources for Gr. 6-7

OverDrive (digital or eBooks)

Log in to OverDrive, go to to “Collections” in the menu near the top of the home page and choose “Grade 6/7 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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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.

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The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job by Julie Fryer (Grade 6+)

Whether it was in a department store, fast-food chain, or kiosk in the mall, everyone remembers his or her first job—even more so, you probably remember that first paycheque. But with the current job crisis, it has become harder and harder to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Now more than ever, it has become necessary to think outside the box, in order to reel in the dough.

Explore Money with 25 Great projects

In Explore Money! With 25 Great Projects, money is more than something to earn, save, and spend. It’s an opportunity to explore history, art, science, economics, and math! While checking out the change in their pockets and bills from their banks, young readers search for hidden treasures, learn how money can multiply, and see how countries keep their currency secure. Very large and very small numbers take on a new relevance when seen through the lens of money.

What Colour is your Parachute? for Teens  Carol Christen

No idea what you want to be? No worries! This fun, rewarding guide draws on the time-tested principles of the career classic What Color Is Your Parachute? to help you discover your passions, skills, and potential college majors and dream jobs.  Why now? Because when you identify your interests and passions early, you can make informed decisions on what additional schooling (and tuition debt) makes sense for your chosen field. With fresh updates on the specific challenges of today’s job-market, this new edition features activities and advice on information interviewing, social media, internships, and more. Most importantly, it’s packed with big-picture advice that will set you up to land the job that’s perfect for who you are–and who you want to be.

 

101 Ways to be Smart About Money  by Rebecca Vickers

This book gives 101 facts and tips that will help readers save and spend wisely. Information on credit also included.

L4U (campus library)

Life-Shaping Decisions:  Applying God’s Word to Career Planning by Rick Horne.

Life-shaping decisions is not so much about discovering the will of God for your life as it is about discovering the unique way that God has gifted you with talents and abilities for His Glory.

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.

Subscriptions

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.

Curio.ca – Another Kind of Circus (Cirque du Soleil); The Sioux Lookout Solution: Playing Hockey not Hookey

Discovery Education Streaming → Log in to Careers/Work Place Skills , and to the right, choose the grade: 6-8. 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.

EVERFI – FutureSmart (becoming stewards of your financial future  Gr. 6-8); Ignition (using technology safely – Gr. 6-9);  Healthier Me: Wellness Fundamentals for Middle School (making healthy, informed decisions when it comes to nutrition. Gr. 6-8) Demo video;  Character Playbook (key concepts around positive character development, social-emotional learning (SEL), and building healthy relationships. Gr. 7-9)  Demo videoVenture – Entrepreneurial Expedition(important basic business skills – Gr. 7-10) Demo video.

Explora High School → Log in to Explora Secondary with the username & password that you will find on your parent home page in Encom under ‘Curriculum Resources’.  For other EBSCO databases, go to other databases.

Sign up for a Kidblog account to present your portfolio digitally, and develop a personal learning network in a safe, moderated environment.

Learn360 → Log in to Learn360 and then choose Careers & Job SearchGuidance & Counseling, or Technical & Vocational Education under “Browse Subjects”.  (After you have chosen your subject, then go to the “Filters” on the right and check “6-8”).  In Learn360, students can find videos on ‘Goals’, ‘self assessment’, ‘projects and ‘personal networking’.

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 Student (Gr. 5-8)  Log in through the parent home page in Encom under “curriculum resources”.  Students can search using the search bar or choose “Find it by…” and choose from Subject, A-Z, Advanced Search, Images or Videos.  You can also choose “For Educators” at the bottom of the page for “Educator Tools”, including finding materials correlated to the BC Standards. (You will have to use a different browser than Google Chrome to make this feature work.)

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