3rd-5th

Teacher, where did YOU go to college? (Version 2.0)

40-45 minutes 


Objectives:
Students will achieve the following
1. Explore the concept of college. 
2. Create paragraphs/Express creatively what college looks like to them.
3. Consider the importance of college. 

Materials:  
1. Lined Paper 
2. Pencil
3. Construction Paper
4. Colored Markers  

Procedures: 
1. Ask students to listen carefully as you explain your college experience. 
2. During your story, ask the students to draw out what they think they hear, so be as descriptive as possible. (Was your college in the city or in the country?  Were your classes really big or small? Did you read a lot? Were your books really big?). Make sure to acknowledge the path to college (middle school→ high school → college).  
3. Ask students to share what they have drawn, acknowledging creativity but correcting mistakes they made in the details.
4. Reiterate the importance of college, letting the students know, you couldn’t teach them if you hadn’t gone to college.   

Reflection:
1. Ask your students to write 5 sentences about their college and career dreams. Invite students to share with the class.


Dream College

40-45 minutes  

Objectives:
Students will achieve the following 
1. Start thinking about what the ideal college is for them and what subjects they enjoy.
2. Express creatively what college looks like. 
3. Consider the importance of college.


Materials:  
1. Pencil 
2. Construction Paper
3. Colored Markers
4. Glue
5. Scissors
6. Other crafting supplies
7. Magazines

Procedures: 
1. Ask students to listen carefully as you explain the importance of a college education. Also, how colleges come in different shapes and sizes and can be focused on different things like, acting, music, or technology.
2. Ask student to write three sentences about what they enjoy in school—what their favorite subjects are.
3. Using those sentences, and the crafting materials provided to them, let the students create their ideal college. Will it be big or small? Will it have lots sports teams? Will it be in the city?

Reflection:  
1. Have students share what they have created.


College on the Map!

30-35 minutes  

Objectives:
Students will achieve the following 

1. See how important and encompassing higher education is.
2. Consider the importance of college.

Materials:  
1. Map or Globe
2. Pencil
3. Lined Paper
4. College Dictionary or Internet Access

Procedures: 
1. Give pairs of students an outline map of the United States and a college dictionary or internet access.
2. Tell students to use the college dictionary or use a computer to find a college or university in each state.
3. Ask the students to find the school colors and mascot.
4. For advanced students, have search the college website to find “the coolest” major.

Reflection:  
1. Have students share what state they would most like to live in and attend college




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