Show students how lessons relate to their lives. Provide examples of how specific information will make a difference to them. Do the research and get the facts. Elementary students usually can distinguish fact from fiction. For example, show students that if they get good grades and a college education, they'll earn $$$$$ a year, compared to $$$ a year earned by workers without a college degree. Determine the difference over the course of a 50-year work history...show students how it adds up. Then have them pretend that one student makes the big bucks and one makes minimum wage. Show them the difference in buying power; the house they could afford to live in; and so on. Those who think that this kind of information only motivates older kids are wrong!
For more real-life classroom activities, read how A 'Real-Life Fair' Shows Kids the Real Deal About Careers.
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