School's Like Work - Grade 4 Supplementary Activity

About This Lesson

In this lesson, students discover how the skills and work habits they demonstrate at school translate to many careers. Students engage in tableaux vivants, complete a true or false puzzle, and design a personal Xello career profile about being a student.

Social Skills
15-65 Minutes
4th Grade

Learning Objectives

By the end of this activity, students will:

  • Understand what sorts of behaviors and attitudes are expected of someone at work;
  • Link workplace behaviors and attitudes with what’s expected of them at school.

Xello Entry Point

The Xello career profiles are a good starting point for discussions about how school is like work. While there are many differences, many jobs require the same skills, characteristics, and attitudes that students are learning in school.

Driving Question

How is school like work?

Future-Ready Skills

Career Awareness

School Habits

Work Ethic




Lesson Breakdown

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10-15 minutes

Activity 1 - Tableaux Vivants (Living Pictures)

The purpose of this activity is to get students to think about appropriate workplace behaviors.


Activity 2 - True or False Map

In this activity, students identify some of the ways in which school is like work.


Activity 3 - Design Your Own Career Profile

In this activity, students create profiles for the “career” of a student.


Exit Activity - School's Like Work

Students complete an exit ticket, reflecting on what they learned and posing any questions they still have about what it will be like for them in the world of work.

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