Our community helpers learning begins during Fire Safety Week in October. As we learn about being fire safe, we learn about the job of firefighters. We also learn about the tools they use. Students easily connect to this topic when we compare firefighter tools to student tools.
The following week, we focus on police, doctors, and teacher jobs, along with their tools. This flows nicely with our writing unit's focus, putting things into groups. Each day, we write about tools community helpers use. We start with the anchor chart. For example, students use the chart to write, "Firefighters use a hose." Then we create a word bank that includes more tools for each helper. Students write additional sentences, using the word bank.
At Christmas, we discuss needs and wants during our kindergarten social studies lesson. Later in the year, we make a connection to the topic with saving and spending. With that discussion also comes the topic of goods and services and jobs. To start things off, we discuss the concepts of goods and services with this anchor chart. We talk about all of the goods we can buy. My job, however, does not include goods. I provide a service. My students all know my job is to teach them and keep them safe while they are at school, so this anchor chart is very easy for them to connect with and understand.
Community Helper Books for Kindegarten
Then we talk about all of the different jobs available. Below are my favorite titles to share with the kiddos. These community helper books for kindergarten are just perfect with sharing a variety of work options. They include the following titles: All Through My Town, When Dinosaurs Came with Everything, When I Grow Up, Jobs People Do, Whose Hat Is This?, Snowmen at Work, and Alphabeep!
Community Helper Math and Writing Lessons for Kindergarten
It's a fun challenge for me to connect themes across the curriculum. This is what drives me to engage the kids while challenging them in every aspect of their learning experience in our classroom. To start our day, students create chef crafts for morning work. During our kindergarten writing lesson, students write about what they would do if they were chefs. In math class, become "real" chefs when we make hats. I hand out "ingredients" and our classroom is transformed into a pizza shop! We complete pepperoni addition, which is easily differentiated with up to 10 pepperoni slices. When their pizzas are ready, they "serve" them to the hungry guests who are lined up in the hallway. (They hang them on their clips in the hall.) We've loved pretending together all year long, and I love how much more the students get into adding to the creativity now that they've had plenty of experience with just how to pretend.
During guidance time throughout community helpers week, we read Be You! by Peter H. Reynolds. The pages below are the pages that speak to me personally. This book is a great book to use as a reflection tool for students of all ages! I used it to encourage my students to be anything they wanted to be when they grow up.
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