Part of Unit: Careers in Agricultural Mechanics
Lesson Plan Overview / Details
Students will select an agricultural occupation (or any occupation) that interests them, make contact with a local person currently employed in that area and arrange for a job shadow. The students will be given a job shadow packet that explains the assignment, provides questions to ask and an explanation of the assessment of the assignment.
- Instructional time
- 5 Class Periods
California Career and Technical Education Standards
- ANR.FS.11.0 Demonstration and Application
- ANR.FS.2.0 Communications
- ANR.FS.3.1 Know the personal qualifications, interests, aptitudes, information, and skills ...
- ANR.FS.3.2 Understand the scope of career opportunities and know the requirements for educa...
- ANR.FS.3.3 Develop a career plan that is designed to reflect career interests, pathways, an...
- ANR.FS.4.1 Understand past, present, and future technological advances as they relate to a ...
- ANR.FS.4.2 Understand the use of technological resources to access, manipulate, and produce...
- ANR.FS.5.1 Apply appropriate problem-solving strategies and critical thinking skills to wor...
- ANR.FS.5.3 Use critical thinking skills to make informed decisions and solve problems.
- ANR.FS.6.1 Know policies, procedures, and regulations regarding health and safety in the wo...
- ANR.FS.7.1 Understand the qualities and behaviors that constitute a positive and profession...
- ANR.FS.7.2 Understand the importance of accountability and responsibility in fulfilling per...
- ANR.FS.7.3 Understand the need to adapt to varied roles and responsibilities.
- ANR.FS.7.5 Understand the importance of time management to fulfill responsibilities.
- ANR.FS.8.3 Understand the role of personal integrity and ethical behavior in the workplace.
- ANR.FS.9.1 Understand the characteristics and benefits of teamwork, leadership, and citizen...
- ANR.FS.9.2 Understand the ways in which pre-professional associations, such as the Future F...
- ANR.FS.9.3 Understand how to organize and structure work individually and in teams for effe...
California Academic Content Standards (Reinforced)
Objectives and Goals
- Students will explore the various agriculture industry sectors
- Students will identify an industry sector that interests them as a future career pathway
- The students will communicate and demonstrate responsible work ethics with local businesses
- Students will understand the educational, ethical, and career skills necessary to succeed in their chosen career path.
- Students will learn the technology used in different career pathways
- Students will understand the responsibilities needed for a successful employee
- Students will relate the importance of FFA and other organizational activities to their career success
- Understand the organization and structure of the workplace
- Understand the importance of leadership, teamwork, and community support.
Activities in this Lesson
- So, what do you want to do when you grow up? - Hooks / Set
Discuss with the students their occupational goals, how will they achieve those goals and exactly what type of education needed for the specific occupation.
Students will explore various career areas that interest them, make contact with local people currently employed in that industry, arrange for a time and location for the student to "shadow" the person. The students will utilize the Job Shadow packet for instructions on how to carry out the shadow. Questions for the students to ask are included in the packet. The students are required to ask five additional questions, compose a final write up and write a thank you note, stamped, addressed envelope included.
- How did I become a teacher? - Demo / Modeling
Discuss with the students what made you select teaching as a profession. What did you expect? What came as a suprise? Did your college and high school education prepare you to become a teacher? What is the best part of your job? What part do you dislike the most?
Ask each student to write down their desired occupation on the top of a paper. Next ask them to fully explain the requirements of the job, how much will they be paid, what are the normal working hours, what types of technology will be used, etc. This should come as a suprise to most students how little they know about what they want to do as an occupation.
- The actual job shadow assignment - Projects
Give the student the job shadow packet and go over it with them. Set a date for the first contact assignment. Explain to them the importance of the impression they will be making with the local community and how it can reflect positively or negatively on the agriculture department! The students need to go into this assignment with the expectation of being 100% professional while making contact and conducting the shadow. Explain the importance of the thank you note at the conclusion of the shadow.
- Job Shadow Packet [ Download ] the job shadow packet that students will utilize to successfully complete the shadow
- Teacher Note - Other
Prior to assigning this to your students, make contact with local businesses, members of your advisory committee, your local contacts. This will make it easier for students to explain their assignment. It will also assist students that do not know "what they want to do". The teacher will then have several suggestions for those students and with the prior contact, there will be no excuse for not completing the assignment.
- Assessment Types:
- Group discussions
Have a class discussion regarding what the students learned. Have them explain the items that they had not considered, what they expected, and if they still wanted to pursue the career.