First, begin by telling your students that they will be learning about careers. Ask the students if they know what a career is. Explain that a career is a job that a person does. It is usually a job that they do for most of their working years that they enjoy and are very good at. Tell the students that although they are young, it is good for them to learn about the jobs that people have around them so they can understand them and begin to think about what they may want to be when they grow up.
Read ABC Jobs by Roger Priddy. This book is available through Scholastic. This book introduces the students to several different jobs in the community and what each job does. When you are finished reading the story, ask the students questions about what each position does to check for comprehension. Then talk about why people work. Explain that most people work to earn money to pay bills, and provide their families. Also share that some people work because they enjoy it, and like to socialize with other people. You can also explain to them why people choose the jobs they do. They often choose a career based on who they are.
Next, have the students brainstorm a list of careers. Have them think about the jobs their parents, grandparents, siblings, and other family members and friends may hold. Allow each student a turn to name a career, and tell the other students what that job entails. If the student does not know what the job is, help explain the job to the students. You will probably get a wide variety of answers. This discussion will also provide students the opportunity to learn about new careers previously unfamiliar to them.
Now have each child think about a career they would like to have when they grow up. Provide each student with a piece of white construction paper and crayons. Ask them to draw a picture of someone doing that job. Then have each child present their picture to the class, share what they want to be when they grow up, and why. This will not only help the students to develop language and social skills, but it will also give you a new insight into the interests and skills of your students.