ESSENTIAL WORKERS INQUIRY

DAY 1 ACTIVITY

Looking for the Helpers

15-20 Minutes

  • Explore who the essential workers are in your community

  • Discover why the work these essential workers do is important

THIS WEEK

We’re thinking about the question: “How can we show gratitude to essential workers and helpers in our community?”

Your challenge this week is to create an “Expression of Gratitude” to honor an essential worker and their contribution to the community.

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Many people are working from home right now while others continue to go to work out in the community. Why?

Watch this video to learn more about some of the essential workers in our communities.

  • Who are the different essential workers you see in the video?

  • How are their jobs important in helping our communities get what they need right now?

essential workers: 


people whose work is very important to the health and safety of our communities

Now let’s dig a little deeper to learn more about some of the essential workers in our communities and why they must continue to go to work.

Food Supply Workers

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Farm workers continue to work to care for their animals and pick crops during emergencies. They provide us with fruits, vegetables, meat, and dairy products like milk, cheese, and butter. This food is brought to farmers markets or transported from the farms to be packaged and delivered to grocery stores.


Grocery stores are very important in a community to make sure that people have food to eat. Many people work together at the grocery store, including cashiers, baggers, people that unpack deliveries and put food on the shelves, those that manage the carts, and more! People also work to pack orders and deliver directly to customers.


Can you think of other essential workers that help to make sure that we have food to eat?

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Delivery Workers

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Postal workers deliver mail to homes and businesses. At the Post Office, postal workers help people mail packages and letters, buy stamps, and complete other services. Postal workers also sort all the mail and put it on the trucks to be delivered.


Delivery truck drivers bring goods to homes and businesses around the country. In large delivery trucks, food is delivered to grocery stores, gasoline to gas stations, medical supplies to hospitals, and more!


Can you think of other essential workers that help to deliver the goods we need?

goods: 


the material items we purchase to meet our needs and wants

Healthcare Workers

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Doctors, nurses, and EMTs (Emergency Medical Technicians) are working around the clock to help people that are sick. During emergencies, they not only see their regular patients but help to treat new patients, like those who are sick with new viruses like COVID-19. 


Pharmacists are also essential healthcare workers because they help people get the medicine that they need to take. They also show people how to take their medicine safely. 


Can you think of other essential workers that help to keep us healthy?

Who else is an essential worker? Think about the ways those people help you, too.


First Responders:

Firefighters, police officers, and others are often the first people to arrive when there is an emergency. 


Transportation Workers:

Bus drivers, train operators, and other transportation workers help to get people where they need to go, like to work or the grocery store.


Garbage Collectors:

Garbage collectors and other workers help keep our communities clean.


Other City Workers:

Cities and towns employ many essential workers who help to make sure we have clean water, electricity, and other important things.


Your challenge this week is to create an “Expression of Gratitude” to honor an essential worker and their contribution to the community. 


Today, you will identify 3 essential workers that you appreciate for helping you and the community.

gratitude: 


a showing of thankfulness and appreciation

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Think about:

  • Who are 3 essential workers that are helping you and your community right now?

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You're going to:

  • Create a list of 3 essential workers and describe their role in helping your community. You can make your list on a piece of paper, or use the “Essential Workers in My Community” handout if you like.

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Make your list! For each person, describe:

  • Their role (What does this essential worker do?)

  • Their workplace (Where does this worker go for their job?)

  • Their tools (What does this essential worker need for their job?)

Watch the “Curious Kids - Careers” video to learn more about different jobs that people have. Think about:

  • What good or service do they provide?

  • How does this job help the community?

  • Is this considered essential or non-essential? Why?

Ready for Day 2?

On day 2, you will start to plan your “Expression of Gratitude.”