5th Grade Career Project, CVacca/Piedmont College


                                                                              CAREER PORTFOLIO

It's a beautiful Saturday afternoon. You are sitting at home, not much going on. You have been thinking a lot lately about what kind of job you'd like to do when you finish high school. Suddenly, you get an urge to put together a portfolio to present to your parents. You've been wanting to show them lately how independent and responsible you are becoming, this can be a step in the right direction!


Here's a look at some careers other 5th graders have been thinking about:                                              


                                                                            BUILD A CAREER PORTFOLIO!

For this project, you will research one career, write an informational essay on your findings, and create a google slides presentation. The Informational Essay is due via google classroom on Friday, June 21. You will present your google slides presentation to the class on Friday, June 28. 


  Georgia has 17 Career Clusters:

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Georgia’s Career Clusters allow students to choose an area of interest in high school from the 17 clusters listed below. Students take classes tailored to their cluster, which helps them navigate their way to greater success – no matter what they choose to do after high school graduation. Each cluster will include multiple career pathways. The aim of the program is to show students the relevance of what they’re learning in the classroom, whether they want to attend a two-year college, a four-year university or go straight into the world of work. Students will begin to learn about potential careers in elementary and middle school so that they are ready to choose a pathway once they reach high school. Georgia’s initiative is based on the National Career Cluster Model.

Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources: The Agriculture, Food, & Natural Resources Career Cluster includes the production, processing, marketing, financing, distribution, and development of agricultural commodities and resources. These commodities include food, fiber, wood products, natural resources, horticulture, and other plant and animal products/resources.

Architecture and Construction: The Architecture and Construction Career Cluster includes careers in designing, planning, managing, and building structures.

Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications: The Arts, A/V Technology, & Communications Career Cluster includes designing, producing, exhibiting, performing, writing, and publishing multimedia content.

Business Management & Administration: The Business Management & Administration Career Cluster prepares students with computer skills for future college and career plans. Cluster skills mastered include planning, organizing, directing, and evaluating as well as owning and operating a successful business.

Education and Training: The Education and Training Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing education and training services as well as related learning support services.

Energy: The Energy Career Cluster prepares individuals for careers in the designing, planning, maintaining, generating, transmission, and distribution of traditional and alternative energy.

Finance: The Finance Career Cluster focuses on money management, including planning, investing, and spending. Students will gain career development skills for the finance world with opportunities that expand beyond basic business skills into financial literacy, banking, investing, insurance, and risk management.

Government & Public Administration: The Government & Public Administration Career Cluster includes the planning and performing of government management and administrative functions at local, state, and federal levels. Careers are available in national security, foreign service, revenue, and regulations.

Health Science: The Health Science Career Cluster includes planning, managing, and providing services in therapeutics, diagnostics, health informatics, support areas, and biotechnology research and development.

Hospitality & Tourism: The Hospitality & Tourism Career Cluster encompasses the management, marketing, and operations of restaurants, and other food services, lodging, attractions, recreation events, and travel related services.

Human Services: The Human Services Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment activities related to family and human needs such as nutrition and food science, counseling and mental health services, family and community services, personal care, and consumer services.

Information Technology: The rapidly changing digital world of the Information Technology Career Cluster engages students in hands-on learning to prepare for careers that create, use, modify, and engage technology skills. Graphics, multimedia animation, web design, game and application development, networking, and computer repair are all possibilities.

Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security: The Law, Public Safety, Corrections, & Security Career Cluster prepares individuals for employment relating to emergency and fire services, legal services, protective services, and homeland security.

Manufacturing: The Manufacturing Career Cluster includes the processing of materials into intermediate or final products and related professional and technical support activities, such as production control, maintenance, and process engineering.

Marketing: Marketing is the process of anticipating, managing, and satisfying consumers' demand for products, services, and ideas. The Marketing Career Cluster generates the strategy that underlies advertising and promotional techniques, business communication, and business development.

Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics: The Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics Career Cluster means planning, managing, and providing scientific research and professional and technical services.

Transportation, Distribution & Logistics: The Transportation, Distribution & Logistics Career Cluster encompasses planning, managing, and moving people, materials, and goods by road, pipeline, air, rail, and water, and also includes other related professional and technical support services.

Link to this page for other helpful information: (https://www.gadoe.org/Curriculum-Instruction-and-Assessment/CTAE/Pages/CTAE-Georgia-Career-Clusters.aspx)





You will write a five paragraph informational essay and complete a google slides presentation to tell about your dream job and what you will need to do to make it a reality.

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Google Slides Presentation: 7-9 Slides outlining career information from your essay. Use graphics, pictures, and color.

Informational Essay: Typed, size 12 black font, and double-spaced. It should include the following information and be a minimum of (5) paragraphs. A paragraph consists of at least (5) sentences. (ELAGSE5W4/ELAGSE5W7) 



Paragraph 1: Introduction

Paragraph 2: Work Environment

Paragraph 3:

Training & Education

Paragraph 4:

Job Outlook

Paragraph 5: Closing Reference

*Name of chosen career

*Name of career cluster associated with career

*Reasons why you selected this career to research




*Job tasks and responsibilities

*Office, travel, and/or fieldwork

*Type of tools or equipment used

*Dress code

*Individual or group work required

*Education level or other requirements needed

*Length of training, college major, degree, certificate program, licensure, residency, internship, military, etc.







*Growth and advancement opportunities

*Projected jobs openings for next 10 years





*Reflection on the research information

*Conclusion about further interest in career.

*What would you like to know more about?




*Resources used in the research process 

*Website titles & URL Links









Occupational Outlook Handbook: https://www.bls.gov/ooh/

Career Onestop: https://www.careeronestop.org/

Military Careers: https://todaysmilitary.com/working/career-fields-and-profiles

Georgia Bureau of Labor: https://dol.georgia.gov/get-labor-market-information

Georgia Career Information Center: http://www.gcic.peachnet.edu/




Be sure to proofread before submitting your final draft. Use the rubric as your guide: 


                                                     INFORMATIONAL ESSAY GRADING RUBRIC










  •   Introductory paragraph (Includes a main idea)
  •   Concluding paragraph (summarizes points presented)
  •   At least 3 other paragraphs that include a topic sentence and 3-4 supporting detail sentences
  •   Research paper includes facts presented in their own words (paraphrase, do NOT copy word-for-word from your source)











  •   No run-on sentences.  (Incorrect:  The sun is not a planet, the sun is a star.)
  •   No sentence fragments.  (Incorrect:  Although the moon orbits the earth.)
  •   Subject/verb agreement (Incorrect: Astronauts is very important. Correct: Astronauts are very important.)
  •   Punctuation is correct.  (. ? ! “ “ ,)
  •   Capitalization is correct. (Beginning of sentences and proper nouns)
  •   Spelling is correct (High frequency words and vocabulary used in your book are correct.) 
  •   Paragraphs are indented correctly.









  •   Overused and repetitive language is avoided
  •   Transitional words/phrases are used (First, Finally, In addition)
  •   Compound sentences used








  •  Resources used in the research process
  •   Website titles & URL Links


Total Score:  ___ / 16




Comments from the teacher:


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In conclusion, planning and preparing for a career is exciting and it is a decision that is personal to you. How you get there is a journey that starts now in the habits you create.                                               

You may wonder how your grades in middle school can affect your future career path. Believe it or not, your grades count a lot. Grades are the only way colleges, employers, and others in positions of authority can objectively measure your performance.

Middle school is the perfect time to identify what kind of student you are and where there's room for improvement. You may even want to talk to your teachers about ways you can better your grades. If you wait until high school, it will be too late.

There is simply no downside to getting good grades.

Not only do good study habits lead to good grades, they provide the foundation for a lifetime of learning. After all, learning doesn't stop when you finish high school or college…

A good way to improve your study habits is to figure out how you learn best. For example, if you're a visual learner, flash cards may help you study more effectively. And if you're an auditory learner, it may help you to read your assignments out loud. Knowing how you learn will make it easier for you to absorb new information.

Good study habits will benefit you long after your school years end.

Homework may seem like a hassle, especially when you've got so many other things on your plate, like soccer practice and marching band. But doing homework is part of your job as a student.

Homework is a great way to show that you can get things done without supervision. (When you're part of the working world, many work-related responsibilities will seem no different from homework.) So get in to the habit of doing your homework and finishing it on time.

Homework is practice.

Don't limit learning to just your schoolwork. Reading in your free time, just for fun, will help you increase your vocabulary, reading comprehension, and reading speed.

Reading for fun also allows you to study topics that interest you but may not be taught in the classroom—maybe skateboarding or gaming. Do some research on your own and stay up to date on what's going on in that field. You never know when a hobby may turn into something more.

The more interests you have, the more opportunities you have.

When admissions counselors or employers review your application, your extracurricular activities—sports, music, clubs—give them a glimpse into your character. That's because extracurricular activities require skills you won't necessarily learn in class: teamwork, leadership, responsibility.

Such real-world skills contribute to the strength of your character. And the stronger your character, the more attractive you are as a potential candidate.

Extracurricular activities can help you strengthen your character.

Middle school is not too early to begin looking at some careers that may appeal to you. The earlier you can narrow down the field, the more time you have to explore your options and "try them on for size."

Don't know where to begin? First, think of some things you enjoy doing and then use our interactive tool to find careers that match your skills.

It is never too early to explore some career options.

Take a look at how this dream job was landed: