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Defined Careers 

Elementary School Package

Defined Careers helps teachers introduce elementary students to potential education and career opportunities, exciting them about their futures and engaging them while building future-ready skills.  Take a Look >

 

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Empowering Educators to Build Future-Ready Skills

Defined Careers exposes students to careers through hands-on projects that align with the 16 career clusters.

Defined Careers helps teachers implement career-connected projects with ease. Our easy-to-navigate platform provides teachers with the tools they need to engage students in hands-on, career-connected learning.

Each performance task is based on a real-world career scenario where students are given the agency to choose from two end products to demonstrate their understanding through the lens of a career. Defined Careers projects are customizable, teacher-driven, and support individual and group learning.

A Framework for Elementary Career Readiness

Each performance task follows our hands-on model to engage students in deeper, career-connected learning.

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STEP 1

Introduction

This video introduces students to the career they will be diving into.

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STEP 2

Real World Connection

The real world connection video helps students understand how the content in a task connects to the world outside of the classroom.

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STEP 3

GRAS

The Goal, Role, Audience, and Situation (GRAS) video provides the framework for students in how they will be designing their products.

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STEP 4

Product Choice

Students are given the choice between 2 hands-on products to demonstrate their understanding.

Sample Defined Careers Projects

Take a look at a few of our most popular elementary school projects in Defined Careers. 

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Financial Literacy

Camp Director: Budgeting

As a Camp Director, students will find ways to help their camp budget, plan, and cut costs to afford important supplies needed during the summer. The students will apply the concepts of budgeting and planning for expenses.

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Entrepreneurship

Entrepreneur: Healing Art Business

Students will collaborate and design a business plan that outlines the process of creating artwork that will then be sent to patients in hospitals or nursing homes in the form of cards, blankets, toys, or other items they can use.

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K-2 Careers Around Us

Electrical Engineer

Electrical engineers create or fix electrical equipment.They build new systems and improve old ones. Students will apply STEM concepts to create a prototype or drawing to solve a problem and help their audience understand what their design will do.

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3-5 Career Experiences

Environmental Technician

Environmental technicians take care of the earth. They use science to look for ways to protect it. In this task, students will work to help the environment. Their job is to work to help save earth’s resources and teach others how to recycle trash.

Additional Features & Resources

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Financial Literacy COURSES

These courses focus on The National Standards for Personal Financial Education (NSPFE). Each task highlights financial thinking practices, encouraging students to frame problems in ways that inspire inquiry, knowledge, problem-solving, and innovation. 

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Entrepreneurship COURSES

These courses focus on entrepreneurship standards from The National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (ESHIP). Each task highlights entrepreneurship skills, encouraging students to frame problems in ways that inspire inquiry, problem-solving, and innovation. 

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Book Catalog

Our K-5 book catalog aligns commonly used books to Defined Careers projects to deepen understanding and allow students to take a deeper dive into their interests.

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TEACHER PLANNING GUIDE

Our planning guide is a resource to help teachers implement a course. It contains resources such as background on the course, topics covered in the course, how the course is laid out, and more.