Career Education Resources

Below are the new Career Education Learning Standards for the BC Ed Plan. We will continue to add more resources to this collection so come back often for new titles. These titles have been sorted by age range for your convenience.

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Citizen Miles by Phillip Walton (Grades K-3)

When it falls upon the gang to take over volunteer duties for their friend Miles, they don’t understand why they should volunteer in the first place. As they work in the community they see how much fun it can be and want to continue volunteering after Miles returns. They realize Miles is a great example of what it means to be a good citizen.

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Crafts for Kids Who are Learning About Community Workers by Kathy Ross (Grades K-3)

A community is a lot of people working together to help each other. In school you are learning about all of the things that community workers do to help you. The projects in this book are all about these workers. They include an Apple for the Teacher Pencil Topper, a Mail Carrier Dispenser for Stamps, a Sock-It Away Bank, a Jackhammer Puppet, a Squirting Hose Puppet, and even a pair of play Handcuffs! So get out your scissors and paste and a few household recyclables, and celebrate your community!

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Do Something for Others: The Kids Book of Citizenship by Anders Hanson (Grades K-3)

Learn how to support your community! Do Something for Others: the Kids’ Book of Citizenship will teach kids to follow the rules, be respectful and tolerant, take care of the environment and help others. This book will show kids how to use compassion, respect, responsibility, and honesty with those around them. Simple text and charming pictures will keep kids interested while they learn. It’s never too early to help kids stand up for what is right.

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Fire Station by Aaron Carr (Grades K-3)

Young readers will learn about the people and places that make up a community in the allnew My Neighborhood series. Each book features easytored text based on sight words, paired with vivid photos to stimulate and engage even the most reluctant readers.

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Helpers in my Community by Bobbie Kalman (Grades K-3)

This book introduces children to the important people who make our communities cleaner, safer, and better. Action shots feature people working in construction, at schools, in hospitals, fighting fires, doing police work, and volunteering. An activity asks children what kinds of things they could do to volunteer in their own communities.

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Important Jobs by Teresa Domnauer (Grades K-3)

Every day, workers are busy helping others. IMPORTANT! Jobs explores the roles of police officers, scientists, construction workers and other community members. The Spectrum(R) Readers are the perfect Common Core aligned tool to support the development of nonfiction reading skills. Each leveled reader features high-interest informational content, exciting full-color photo images, and Common Core aligned comprehension practice focused on the development of critical thinking skills. Leveled to the respected Fountas and Pinnell and Lexile systems, these 32-page books are perfect for young readers who are ready to explore leisure reading on their own. This multilevel series is the perfect addition to any school or home library.

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Lemonade for Sale by Bettina Ling

Kate wants to buy her dad a birthday present. She sets up a lemonade stand to earn the money, and her friends all help. But things keep going wrong. Will she ever have enough money to buy a present for her dad?

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Let’s Meet a Police Officer by Gina Bellisario (Grades K-3)

Do you want to learn more about police cars? Police dogs? Other tools the police use? Then it’s your lucky day! Officer Gabby is a police officer. She knows how to keep people safe. She shows a group of kids how she does her job. Three cheers for police officers!

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Our Community by Evan Moor (Grades K-3)

Delightful pocket projects about the community! Four pocket projects provide students with the opportunity to learn about people, places, and safety in the community. Pocket 1: Community Helpers Comparing Two Important Jobs—Firefighter/Police Officer Pocket 2: The ABCs of Occupations Interview a Community Worker What Job Should I Do? Pocket 3: Places in Our Community A Fold-Out Community Pocket 4: My Safety Book Do You Know Safety Signs?

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Work and More Work by Linda Little (Grades K-3)

Tom lives in the countryside in the mid 1800s and he’s curious — what is it like in the town, the city and the world beyond? It’s all “work and more work,” everyone tells him. Determined to find out for himself, Tom sets off with a bit of bread and cheese in a bundle…

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Creating a Digital Portfolio by Suzy Rabbat

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.
Kids use familiar resources to develop a business idea of their own, create a presentation for potential investors, and utilize basic cost and price analysis worksheets. The skills they learn by writing a business plan, creating a prototype of an item to sell, designing packaging, and finding ways to advertise their products translate into language, math, and problem-solving skills that are relevant across all subjects. Cartoon illustrations, fun facts, and interviews with successful entrepreneurs make Entrepreneurship entertaining and informative. Supplemental materials include a glossary, list of resources, and an index.

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Get Organized without Losing it by Janet S. Fox

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 cloze 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

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

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 paycheck. 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 to reel in the dough.

Making money is about making smart decisions. The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job will put you on the right track to start earning your spending money, even if you cannot land a traditional first job. You will learn how to start exploring other options, such as pet sitting, babysitting, and tutoring. You will also grasp just how to leverage the Internet to help you make money by taking paid surveys, blogging, or even teaching your parents and their friends how to use social networks. Most importantly, you will discover how to take your hobbies and turn them into your personalized income generator.

This book not only covers how to make that money, but it also teaches you how to save it and how to make it grow, presented specifically with teenagers in mind. You will learn which credit cards are the best when you are first starting out. You will learn how to set (and stick to) a budget to help save for something you really want, whether it is for a car or your college education.

This book contains inspiring stories from young adults just like you who have found self-employment a boon in a tough economy and are flourishing despite the tough times. If you have been hitting the pavement but are coming up short in the job department, all is not lost. With The Teen’s Ultimate Guide to Making Money When You Can’t Get a Job in your back pocket, you can start making money on your own without having to depend on your parents’ finances.

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Web-Links: Here is the link to our resources available, in our HCOS Web-Link Library, on the topic of Career Education.

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