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Community Helpers Unit

Community Helpers Unit

Resources for Community Helpers Unit

Getting Started

Which community helpers will you study? Before starting a unit on community helpers, it would be helpful for planning if you decide which occupations you would like to concentrate on. For my unit, we study the following community helpers:

  • Doctors and Nurses
  • Chefs, Bakers, and Cooks
  • Astronauts
  • Soldiers
  • Teachers
  • Dentists
  • Mail Carriers
  • Police
  • Artists
  • Firefighters

Special Speakers: Invite special speakers to your room to discuss what they do for a job. Collect information about your own classroom families and invite parents to come in and discuss their jobs. Local police and firefighters are almost always available for school visitations. :o)

Community Helpers Power Point Introduction: This presentation was made by one of my friends, Courtney Brown. She has so graciously allowed me to post it on this page for others to use. Enjoy! Click below to download:

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Literacy Activities

Each day of our community helpers unit is focused on one occupation/helper. This is the format that I use each day as a part of our unit:

  1. Read a story about the focus community helper.
  2. Do a language arts activity focused on the community helper.
  3. Do a special activity involving the focus helper (make hats, listen to a special speaker, dramatize, play a game, etc.).

The following activities are focused on each helper listed.

Doctors and Nurses
  • Make a Doctor/Nurse's Bag: As a fun extension activity, make a doctor or nurse's bag and fill it with items that a doctor or nurse needs. To make the bag, you will need a sheet of construction paper for each child in your class. Fold the paper in half the wide way (like a greeting card) and punch holes around three edges leaving the top open. Attach a piece of yarn to the end corner and have the children lace it around to make a "bag". (Photos will be coming soon!) Give each child a copy of the the printable below and have them color and cut. Place the items in the bag and you have a complete doctor/nurse's bag - ready to use for pretend play! Click below to download printable items for the bag.
  • Make a Nurse's Hat: As a part of your lesson, have each child make a nurse's hat. Download the printable nurse's hat below and attach it to a construction paper band.
  • Coloring Pages: Doctors and Nurses
Chefs, Bakers, and Cooks
Astronauts
Soldiers
Teachers
Dentists
Mail Carriers
  • Make a Mail Carrier's Hat: As a part of your lesson, have each child make a mail carrier's hat. Download the printable mail carrier's hat below and attach it to a construction paper band.
  • Coloring Pages: Mailman and Mailwoman
Police
  • Make a Police Hat: As a part of your lesson, have each child make a police hat. Download the printable police hat below and attach it to a construction paper band.
  • Coloring Pages: Police
Artists
Firefighters
  • Make a Firefighter's Hat: As a part of your lesson, have each child make a firefighter's hat. Download the printable firefighter's hat below and attach it to a construction paper band.
  • Coloring Pages: Firefighters and Fire Safety

Writing

Shared Writing
  • Make a "Helping Hands" Wreath: Before the activity, cut out a large hollow O shape (for the wreath) from construction paper or posterboard. Use an Ellison cutter to die cut about 20 hand shapes out of colored construction paper or have your students each cut out a hand from a reproducible. Collect the hands and get ready to brainstorm. Ask your students to brainstorm a list of community helpers and write each of the helpers on a hand. After all of the hands are filled, hand them out to your children. Take turns gluing the hands onto the wreath. When finished you will have a beautiful wreath made from "helping hands".
  • Make a Helping Hands Venn Diagram: Compare two different community helpers.
  • Brainstorm a list of community helpers that you will study during the week. Each day, as you study a single community helper, add to the list by brainstorming items that the helper might need to do his/her job.
Independent Writing
  • Helping Hands Writing: Make a predictable chart programmed with the sentence frame: "A ___ helps us _____." Fill in the chart with each child's answer in a differerent color marker than what you used to write the sentence frame. The next day, read over the chart and cut apart the sentences and give each child the sentence they completed. Give each child a copy of the reproducible available below and instruct them to fill in the sentence fram on the reproducible and draw a picture. Bind together to make a class book.

Songs and Poems

All Around the Neighborhood

All around the neighborhood,
People help each other.

The driver on the bus,
Helps a girl and her mother.

The girl and her mother,
See the butcher for meat.

The butcher gives a letter,
To the carrier down the street.

The carrier asks the barber,
To trim his mustache.

The barber sweeps the hair up,
And puts out all the trash.

The trash collector stops,
When a fire truck clangs its bell.

Firefighters join the police,
Who make sure all is well.

All around the neighborhood,
There's lots that people do.

All around the neighborhood,
Who helps you?

 

What Can We Send in the Mail?
(tune: "Go In and Out the Window")
(from Mailbox Magazine)

What can we send in the mail?
What can we send in the mail?
What can we send in the mail?
At the post office today?

Oh, we can mail a letter.
Oh, we can mail a letter.
Oh, we can mail a letter.
At the post office today.

Repeat second verse, replacing "letter" with other words such as valentine, package, postcard, birthday card, etc.)

 

Doctor Day

My father said, "It's doctor day,"
Then he and I were on our way,
To see our friend, the doctor who,
Would check me out, as doctors do.
She had more things, than I can tell,
To help her keep the people well.
She checked me up and all the while,
She wore a big and friendly smile.
So now I hope that someday you,
May go to see the doctor too!

 

Five Police Officers

Five police officers, standing by the store,
One directed traffic, and then there were four.
Four police officers, watching over me,
One took home a lost girl, and then there were three.
Three police officers, dressed all in blue,
One stopped a speeding car, and then there were two.
Two police officers, how fast they can run,
One caught a bank robber, and then there was one.
One police officer, standing in the sun,
Sun went down, he went home, and then there were none.

 

Keep Working
(from HighReach)

When there's a job that's very hard,
We know a way to do it.
We work and work and don't give up
And that's all there is to it!

 

Many Jobs
(tune: "Twinkle, Twinkle, Little Star")
(from HighReach)

There are so many jobs to do.
There is one that's right for you.
Be a ___ if you please.
Be the best that you can be.
There are so many jobs to do.
There is one that's right for you.

For any kind of job you choose,
There are things that you must do.
Study hard so you will know
How to do your work just so.
Find out how you need to dress.
Come on time, and do your best.

What Will You Be?

Doctor, dancer, office clerk,
What's your favorite kind of work?
Miner, designer, baking cake,
What's the job that you will take?

Barber, farmer, animal vet,
What position will you get?
Tailor, sailor, engineer,
What'll you pick for your career?

Work with people,
Work alone,
Work all day on the telephone.
Work in an office,
Work outdoors,
Where will you work?
The choice is yours!

Driver, diver, fighting fires,
What's the job of your desires?
Teacher, painter, selling shoes,
What's the job that you will choose?

 

Community Helpers Song
(tune: "Skip to My Lou")
(from Mailbox Magazine)

Firefighters help in many ways,
Putting out the fires everyday,
To keep us safe throughout the day.
Firefighters help us everyday!

Mail carriers help in many ways,
Picking up our mail everyday,
Sending our letters on their way.
Mail carriers help us every day!

Teachers help in many ways,
Reading with children everyday,
Teaching students throughout each day.
Teachers help us every day!

Policemen help in many ways,
Patroling the streets everyday,
To protect us as we work and play.
Policemen help us everyday!

 

The Doctor in the Clinic
(tune: "The Farmer in the Dell")

The Doctor in the clinic.
The Doctor in the clinic.
Hi-ho the derry-o,
The Doctor in the clinic.

The doctor takes a nurse...
The nurse takes a patient...
The patient gets help...
The patient gets better...

 

To The Hospital
(tune: "Frere Jacques")

To the hospital, to the hospital,
We will go, we will go.
We will see the doctors.
We will see the nurses.
Dressed in white, dressed in white.

 

In the Mailbox
(tune: "Are You Sleeping?")
(from HighReach)

In the mailbox, in the mailbox,
Look and see, look and see!
A package or a postcard!
A letter from my grandma!
Just for me, just for me!

In the mailbox, in the mailbox,
Look and see, look and see!
A magazine that's dandy!
A valentine with candy!
Just for me, just for me!

 

The Florist
(tune: "My Bonnie Lies Over the Ocean")
(from HighReach)

The florist arranges the flowers.
The florist delivers them too.
So if you need flowers for someone,
The florist's the one to help you!

Flowers, flowers!
Call up the florist today, today!
Flowers, flowers!
Call up the florist today!

 

We Need a Plumber
(tune: Yankee Doodle)
(from HighReach)

Pipes can carry water to
The bathroom or the kitchen.
But when the pipes aren't working, then
A plumber has to fix them.
When the sink is backing up,
When the faucet's drippy,
When the toilet just won't flush,
We need a plumber quickly!

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