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Interested in connecting the "real world" of work to your classroom curriculum? These activities for grades 9-12 can help you do just that. The activities will help you utilize the Livelyhood broadcast program, Web site, and other Internet resources to engage in creative, cross-curricular exploration of workplace issues.

All activities are appropriate for students in grade 9—12. Some are suitable for younger students as well; others are appropriate for adult students.

A comprehensive Viewing Guide can help you get started. The Viewing Guide offers discussion questions to spark thought and conversation before, during, and after viewing the Livelyhood program. You'll also find a resource list of Web sites, ranging from online job search sites to worker health and safety info, intended to enhance certain activities, or help you design your own!


CROSS-CURRICULAR ACTIVITIES

Cross-Curricular activities are available in three subject areas: Career and Vocational Education, Health, and Mathematics, though many of the activities would be appropriate for other teachers of other subjects, such as economics or history, or for any interested adult who wants to engage young people to think about the world of work. Corresponding content standards are available. We also welcome your feedback and would love to hear how you use the plans in your curriculum, as we try to design plans that are most helpful to teachers and students.
Please email info@livelyhood.org, attn: Livelylessons

All cross-curricular activities and viewing guide questions were prepared by Straightline Editorial and Development, Inc. (SLED) in San Francisco, CA. Since its founding in 1987, Straightline has been making significant contributions to some of the most successful and well-known K-12 programs on the market.

Livelyhood is a fun, and often funny, fast-paced series of specials following real people -- ordinary, "extraordinary" citizens -- who are dealing with changes in the workplace.


INTERACTIVE TEACHER GUIDES FOR LIVELYHOOD SHOWS

"The Work Day That Wouldn't Die"
In 1983, workers won the right to an eight-hour day. But the new economy is rapidly rewriting the rules. Join host Will Durst as he travels across the country to see how the workday has changed - for the better and for the worse.

"Night Shift"
It's a 24-7 world, and more Americans are working non-traditional hours, including the night shift. Host Will Durst stays up all night so you don't have to and discovers that managers and white collar employees are driving up the nocturnal population. Are we ready for a round-the-clock work world?

"Carpool to Nirvana"
Host Will Durst sets out on a commuting quest for the "ideal workplace," visiting new and improved businesses that prove what's good for workers and their families can also be good for a company's bottom lines and the community.

"Chipping Off the Old Block"
What is it that gets us up, out the door, and to work in the morning? Livelyhood looks at the American work ethic: where we get it, how we pass it on, and who we need to help us along the way.

"Our Towns"
Keeping towns working takes more than collecting taxes and delivering newspapers -- it takes community members realizing that what they do from 9 to 5 impacts the community, not just the bottom line. When businesses and local citizens work together for the future of their community, everyone wins.

"Working Family Values"
How do American families balance work and home in this era of the rapidly changing workplace? In this show, Livelyhood looks at the impact of work on our families and vice-versa.

"Shift Change"
Livelyhood looks at how resilient working Americans are adapting to increasing job insecurity, a more demanding work day, temporary jobs, and new technology.
And That's Not All:
There's more to come! Stay tuned to this site, as we'll be offering more viewing guides and activities for other previous Livelyhood shows in the coming months.


STANDARDS

CAREERS AND VOCATIONAL ACTIVITIES

From the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education

  • Life Work Standard 4: Pursues specific jobs
  • Life Work Standard 5: Makes general preparation for entering the work force
  • Mathematics Standard 13: Analyzes and interprets data using common statistical procedures, charts, and graphs
  • Language Arts Standard 4: Gathers and uses information for research purposes
  • Language Arts Standard 7: Demonstrates competence in the general skills and strategies for reading a variety of informational texts
  • Language Arts Standard 8: Demonstrates competence in speaking and listening as tools for learning
  • Thinking and Reasoning Standard 1: Understands and applies the basic principles of presenting and argument
    [CCE: National Standards for Civics and Government, p. 93 (Implied) GESP: National Geography Standards, p. 55 (Explicitly stated) JHESC: National Health Education Standards, p. 23 (Implied) NRC: National Science Education Standards, p. 176 (Implied) Carnevale: Workplace Basics, p. 64 (Implied)]

HEALTH ACTIVITIES

From the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education

  • Health Standard 1: Knows the availability and effective use of health services, products, and information
    Knows local, state, federal, and private agencies that protect and/or inform the consumer (e.g., FDA, EPA, OSHA, local prosecutor's office)
  • Thinking and Reasoning Standard 3: Effectively uses mental processes that are based on identifying similarities and differences (compares, contrasts, classifies) *Uses a comparison table to compare multiple items on multiple abstract characteristics *Identifies abstract patterns of similarities and differences between information on the same topic but from different sources
  • Career Education Business Standard 45: Understands the role of quality and continuous improvement in business organizations
  • Career Education Business Standard 49: Understands human resource management issues and how they affect the success of the organization

MATHEMATICS ACTIVITIES

From the National Council of Teachers of Mathematics. Curriculum and Evaluation Standards for School Mathematics

  • STANDARD 1: MATHEMATICS AS PROBLEM SOLVING
    In grades 9-12, the mathematics curriculum should include the refinement and extension of methods of mathematical problem solving so that all students can-- * use, with increasing confidence, problem-solving approaches to investigate and understand mathematical content * apply integrated mathematical problem-solving strategies to solve problems from within and outside mathematics * recognize and formulate problems from situations within and outside mathematics * apply the process of mathematical modeling to real-world problem situations
  • STANDARD 4: MATHEMATICAL CONNECTIONS
    In grades 9-12, the mathematics curriculum should include investigation of the connections and interplay among various mathematical topics and their applications so that all students can-- * recognize equivalent representations of the same concept * relate procedures in one representation to procedures in an equivalent representation; * use and value the connections among mathematical topics * use and value the connections between mathematics and other disciplines.
  • STANDARD 10: STATISTICS
    In grades 9-12, the mathematics curriculum should include the continued study of data analysis and statistics so that all students can— [selected points that apply below] * construct and draw inferences from charts, tables, and graphs that summarize data from real-world situations * understand sampling and recognize its role in statistical claims

And from the Mid-Continent Research for Education and Learning Compendium of Standards and Benchmarks for K-12 Education

  • Thinking and Reasoning Standard 1: Understands and applies the basic principles of presenting and argument
    Including: Level III: Middle School/Jr. High (Grades 6-8) *Evaluates arguments that are based on quantitative data and mathematical concepts *Compares and contrasts the credibility of differing accounts of the same event Level IV: High School (Grades 9-12) *Identifies the logic of arguments that are based on quantitative data *Uses tables, charts, and graphs in constructing arguments
  • Mathematics Standard 13: Analyzes and interprets data using common statistical procedures, charts, and graphs