People You Meet
- "My Dad, the Garbage Man"
FIELD TRIP! Mr. Ratburn's class is taking a field trips to visit parents at their jobs. After visiting Muffy's dad at Crosswire's Motors and Brain's mom at the Ice Cream Shop, Francine's not sure she wants the class to know her dad is a GARBAGE MAN. But, Francine soon learns that her dad is the coolest--just as she had always thought!
- Caillou - "Grown-Ups and Me"
Caillou meets a lot of new people today. This episode recalls the very first time Mommy and Daddy call upon Julie to baby-sit for Caillou and Rosie. Caillou likes Julie because she knows so many fun games. Later Caillou is invited to spend the day with Clementine's family picking strawberries. Although he's nervous to be away from his family, Caillou soon discovers that Clementine's family is a lot like his own. Caillou also goes to day care for the first time. Day care is scary until he meets his teacher Miss Martin, and makes two new friends, Leo and Clementine. He has so much fun that when his Mommy comes to pick him up, Caillou doesn't want to go home! DeeDee and Rexy play house in the yard and realize that it's more fun being young.
Do in Class
- Arthur: Fire Safety - Learn about fire safety and the importance of having a fire safety plan. Listen to a local fire fighter talk about his/her job and equipment.
- Arthur: Library Visit - Learn about the library, role-play library procedures of choosing, checking out and returning library books, and visit a local library to explore and receive your own library card.
- Between the Lions: Literacy Tips: Library Time - Take a trip to the local library to get a library card, meet a librarian, and learn about all the services offered by the local library.
- Dragon Tales: Calling Dr. Zak - Explore the work of doctors while preparing for your child's next appointment. Create a doctor's bag and instruments made from common household items, have your child pretend that he is a doctor and draw a "How I Feel" picture to present to the doctor.
- Dragon Tales: Snow Dragons - Discuss how a child can recognize a police officer, security guard, or store employee and what to do should a child become separated from a trusted adult.
- Maya & Miguel: What's My Job? - Match career (job) descriptions and graphics through a game. Recognize what a mentor is, and identify a mentor in one's own life.
- Mister Rogers' Neighborhood: Neighborhood Helpers - Identify jobs that help others. Develop awareness of how different jobs and roles are important in the community.
Play and Watch Online
- Clifford: Puppy Days Story Builder: New Neighbors - Create a new story about new neighbors by adding "stickers" and changing words to an online Clifford story.
- Reading Rainbow: Max - Listen to a reading of a portion of the book "Max" and think about the qualities of a hero. List community workers who do heroic things every day.
- Goin' Someplace Special
By Patricia McKissack and Jerry Pinkney
Published September 2001 by Simon & Schuster Children's Publishing
Tricia Ann is bursting with excitement. She is going to Someplace Special, the Public Library, and her grandmother said she can go all by herself. Going alone is a big step for an African American girl in the Jim Crow South of the 1950s. Along the way, she encounters restricted areas and prejudice. She almost gives up, but she meets a kind soul who helps her recover her determination. This beautifully illustrated book is a poignant reminder of our not too distant past.
- Froggy Goes to the Doctor
By Jonathan London and Frank Remkiewicz
Published September 2002 by Penguin Group (USA)
Froggy is happy not to go to school until he remembers his appointment with the doctor. In the waiting room, he meets another young frog and forgets his fears. Froggy is active and Dr. Mugwort is relieved to find him healthy and send him on his way. The book manages to entertain as well as outline the routine of an annual physical.
*As most PBS children's programs offer one year extended taping rights for teachers, please feel free to tape them now and save them for use in your classroom during the school year.