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CareerStart lessons: Grade seven

LEARN NC was a program of the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill School of Education from 1997 – 2013. It provided lesson plans, professional development, and innovative web resources to support teachers, build community, and improve K-12 education in North Carolina. Learn NC is no longer supported by the School of Education – this is a historical archive of their website.

Learning outcomes

Students will learn about colleges and universities in North Carolina that can launch them into a career in the sciences.

Teacher preparation

Time required for lesson

One to two class periods (45-55 minutes each.) Homework time will be required.

Materials needed

  • Computers with internet access — at least one computer for each group of three to four students
  • Student handouts:


  1. Place students into groups of three or four students.
  2. Ask students to divide a sheet of paper into three sections. Ask the students to make a chart like the following:
    Mechanical physicsHealth scienceWeather
  3. In their groups, have the students make a list of all the science careers they have learned about in class and others they have heard about or thought of. (You may choose to let students use the computers to research careers).
  4. As a class, discuss what type of academic degrees the students think they would need in order to pursue the scientific careers they brainstormed. A list of possible careers with their necessary degrees follows:
    • Mechanical physics:
      • Electricians — licenses required
      • Video Control Engineer — Bachelor’s degree
      • Urban and Regional Planners — Master’s degree
      • Tuner (musical instruments) — post-secondary training
      • Tool- and Die-Makers — Associate’s degree
      • Silversmith — Associate’s degree
    • Health science:
      • Zoologists — Ph.D preferred
      • Yoga Instructors — certification required
      • Nurse — Associate’s, Bachelor’s, or Master’s degree
      • Veterinarians — Doctor of Veterinary Medicine and state license
      • Ultrasonographers — Associate’s or Bachelor’s degree
      • Therapists — Associate’s degree minimum
      • Recreational Therapists — Bachelor’s degree
      • Anesthesiologists — Doctorate and licensure
    • Weather:
      • Weathercasters — Bachelor’s degree
      • Water Conservationists — Bachelor’s degree
  5. Tell the students that they will research what colleges and/or universities in the state offer degrees in the careers they would like to pursue. (You may choose to limit the students to researching degrees in the sciences.)
  6. Hand out the handouts and have students follow the instructions and complete the first part of the college search worksheet.
  7. As a homework assignment, have students complete the conclusion questions on the worksheet. The final step asks students to discuss their findings with their parent(s) or guardian(s).


Optional resources for more information on the topics covered in this lesson - Explore Programs and Majors
On this page by the College Foundation of North Carolina, students can browse programs and majors that match their interests. - Explore Postsecondary Schools
This page on CFNC allows students to find more information about colleges and universities in North Carolina and find the school that is right for them. They can narrow their search by many factors, including size, location, majors offered, and distance from home. - College Entrance Requirements
On this CFNC webpage, students can learn about entrance and transfer requirements for the various types of schools. - Plan for High School
CFNC offers a lot of information and tools to help students plan for high school as the first step toward college and a career. - Plan for Career
CFNC provides students with tests and activities to start the process of career exploration and development, as well as practical information about career planning.

North Carolina curriculum alignment

Science (2005)

Grade 7

  • Goal 1: The learner will design and conduct investigations to demonstrate an understanding of scientific inquiry.
    • Objective 1.09: Use technologies and information systems to:
      • Research.
      • Gather and analyze data.
      • Visualize data.
      • Disseminate findings to others.

  • North Carolina Essential Standards
    • Guidance (2010)
      • Progressing

        • P.CR.1 Understand the meaning and importance of career self-awareness and career goals. P.CR.1.1 Explain how personal skills, interests, and abilities relate to current career plans. P.CR.1.2 Develop a competency plan in your chosen career areas. P.CR.1.3...
        • P.CR.2 Understand the relationship among career goals and interests, personal interests, aptitudes, and abilities. P.CR.2.1 Maintain a career-planning portfolio. P.CR.2.2 Use research and information resources to obtain career information.