"What to Learn" Poll - Grade 2 Supplementary Activity

These Career/Life Skills Vocabulary activities introduce students to key career and life skills vocabulary and concepts.

While we suggest Second Grade as the recommended grade level for this activity, you can adapt it to suit the needs and interests of your class.

Purpose Materials
In this activity, students brainstorm occupations that they would like to know more about and create a list of related terms to research. Students will:
  • Identify occupations that interest them
  • Compile additional career/life terms to define and incorporate into their vocabulary
  • Create a bar graph to illustrate the outcome of a class survey
To complete this activity, the following supplies are needed:
  • Sticky notes
  • Pencils, markers
  • Large graph paper
In-App My Files
Students upload a photo of the occupation bar graph and the class display of the chosen career


  1. Ask your students to think about some occupations that they would like to learn more about.
  2. Have students write down the names of each occupation they think of on a sticky note. Put all the sticky notes on a wall and ask students to help you group them so the same occupations are together.
  3. Once you’ve organized the notes, you can ask students some basic math questions about the results. For example, if there are 3 notes for vet and 5 notes for astronaut, how many more notes are there for astronaut?
  4. Select the 4 or 5 top results and ask students to vote on which occupation they would like to learn more about. You can do this informally, keeping track of the results on the blackboard, or you can create a survey sheet that students can use to tally the results of the vote. Ask students to explain why they voted for the occupation or what interests them about the occupation.
  5. Next, help students create a bar graph with the occupation names on the x axis and the number of students on the y axis. Students can then use the information from their survey to indicate how many people in the class voted for each occupation.
  6. Once you’ve determined which occupation students are most interested in learning about, you can create a bulletin board display, identifying tasks, tools, and terminology related to the occupation. You can also arrange field trips (real-world or virtual), guest visits, and other in-class activities that support learning about the feature occupation.
  7. Repeat the activity throughout the year to decide as a class which occupation you would like to learn about next. You can also opt to create your own bar graph after surveying students about which occupation they’d like to learn more about, and have students answer questions, compare data, and solve problems using the information presented in the graph.

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