A Day’s Work
This is a social studies lesson in which students will learn the importance of working to
earn an income.
SSKE2 The student will explain that people earn income by exchanging their human
resources (physical or mental work) for wages or salaries.
Brilliant Star Objective
Work/Career: Students will understand the importance of work ethics and working to
Why is it important for people to work?
Ask the students to name different types of careers. List the careers on a piece of chart
Give each student a slip of paper with a need written on it (house, clothes, food, etc.).
Let the students share what is written on their slips of paper, and then ask them do we
have to have these things to survive.
Ask the students how we will be able to earn and keep these things that we need for
1. Read the story A Day’s Work by Eve Bunting
2. Ask the students why the boy’s grandfather had to work.
3. Tell the students that it is important for us to work and earn an income, money, so that we
can get the things we need.
4. Ask the students to tell you what the grandfather needed. (a coat that would fit properly)
Ask the students to tell you what the boy wanted but could do without. (Chorizos)
5. Ask the students why did the man let the boy and his grandfather come back the next day.
(because the grandfather was honest and didn’t like that his grandson told a lie about him
being a gardener)
6. Tell the students that it is important to be honest with your boss. Tell the students that if
you are not honest and don’t work hard and do your best, you could lose your job and not
be able to get your needs. Tell the students that it is important to follow the rules. “As
your teacher, I have rules that I must follow to continue being your teacher.”
1. Give the students a piece of drawing paper.
2. Tell the students to choose what they want to be when they grow up from the list of
careers that we made or a career that they want that may not be on our list and draw a
picture of them doing their jobs.
3. Tell the students to write one sentence at the bottom of their pictures telling one reason
why it is important for them to have that career.
4. Tell the students to write one sentence that explains one thing we cannot do at work if we
want to keep our jobs.
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