Second Grade Nest: Community Helpers and Labor Day in the Primary Classroom

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Community Helpers and Labor Day in the Primary Classroom



Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers

Teaching Labor Day is very beneficial in the primary classroom because it starts giving your students an early appreciation of community helpers and workers! I've always taught my community helpers unit around Labor Day so that we can tie them in together.Sometimes, Labor Day gets skipped over during the month of September because of how busy curriculum starts off. If there is any freedom in your curriculum, it's a great holiday to incorporate. Reading, social studies, speaking and listening, and more! 
Here are a few ideas to incorporate Labor Day into your primary classroom!



1. Host a Career Day
-Invite parents or other student family members to come into your classroom to chat about their jobs. One year, my grade level invited six people to come and the classes rotated through each room. The six helpers talked for about 10 minutes, then did a little activity for their career with each class. 
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers 
Here is a great article from eHow on hosting an elementary Career Day. 

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers   Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
Check out these darling decorations for Career Day from KC School Counselor Chic.



2. Teach a Community Helpers Unit
-Community Helper and Labor Day go hand in hand. This is when I have always taught my community helper units. I tried to make the unit cross-curricular, so we incorporated them in our math, in our reading centers, and into our content lessons. 

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community HelpersLabor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers 
Make an anchor chart like Life in First Grade did that lists community helpers A-Z for your students. You can also set up a photo booth for your students like Primary Punch did. This will help students already start thinking about their future. 
 Check out these two activities for community helpers from Life in First Grade and Primary Punch

  

Within my Labor Day and Community Helpers unit on TPT, there are activities like matching games, worksheets, interactive books, and writing pieces. These flap books, matching games, writing pieces, and adjective activities (and more) can be found in my Labor Day and Community Helpers pack.
These two flip books are also in my TPT store.
They both have a reading passage with comprehension questions, then a sorting activity and a final writing piece. Check those out here.
Click here for  Community Helper Flip Book.
Click here for Labor Day Flip Book.

3. Back to Basics: Reading and Social Studies
-If you only have one or two days to teach Labor Day and can't afford to give up the week to do community helpers unit, teach the nonfiction meaning behind Labor Day.

Head to your local library to stock up on community helper and Labor Day read aloud books to either read aloud or add to your classroom library. 

On the left, you will see a nonfiction passage with comprehension activities. Then on the left, you have a fictional passage on children in a classroom working on a Labor Day project. There are also two pages that will compare and contrast the Labor Day passages.
If you're not working in interactive notebooks, look below for the traditional passages to print on printer paper!
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
 These two paired texts are part of my Paired Passages sets!



4. Make It Crafty
-Kids love arts and crafts! As long as you're making the craft meaningful, it'll work great in your Labor Day unit!
Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
Check out this cute hands-on craft that students can illustrate and write about Labor Day.
(Source: Crayola)

Labor Day and Community Helpers activities and reading passages for the primary classroom- ideas to incorporate into your lesson plans to teach Labor Day and Community Helpers
I also love this Labor Day craft for students to practice art skills and write about Labor Day! 
(Source: JAM Blog)

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Here are the resources that are discussed throughout this blog post:

https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Labor-Day-and-Community-Helpers-Activities-317453     https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Paired-Passages-August-and-September-1970462  
 
https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Labor-Day-Flip-Book-2640241  https://www.teacherspayteachers.com/Product/Community-Helpers-Flip-Book-2640130

Thanks for reading!

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