Lesson plan: Activity 5

Lesson plan: Activity 5

This is the 5th activity in the Introduction Sequence. In this activity students will create their first To Do List. Students should be able to complete this activity almost 100% self-guided. It could be done in class, or assigned as independent work. This activity should take you 10-15 minutes to set up and should take students 15 minutes to complete.

Learning Objectives

Students should be able to:

  1. Create their first To Do List(s)
  2. Reflect



  • Internet-connected computer


  • Internet-connected computer

Advanced Preparation

No advanced preparation is required.

Begin the activity

Step 1: Email instructions to your students

To assign the activity to your students, email them:

  • This web page for the activity plan
  • Ask your students to share a reflection (usually a short 1-5 sentence written response to a prompt)
  • Instructions on how you'd like to receive their reflections
  • Reflection prompt (ie: What did you learn today that will help you on your career path?)
  • A reminder that they should keep track of their reflections so that they can read them later which will help them for their Project Status Reports and the "growth" portion of their Final Presentation.

Example email:

Hi Class! Here is today's CareerVillage activity. Today we will be creating our first To Do List. I have created an assignment for you all in our classroom on CareerVillage. It's time to start the activity: Please open this link to watch short video to learn more what we're going to be doing together, and follow the steps on that page. Please complete this activity by [DUE DATE HERE] At the end of the activity, you should reply to this email with a reflection. Be sure to keep track of your reflections so you can read them later in the course. Reflection prompt: What did you learn today that will help you on your career path?

Step 2: Set up a CareerVillage Assignment to track student completion

  • Go to your Educator dashboard and create an assignment:
  • Assignment Type: To Do List
  • Assignment description (Please feel free to tailor this message): Think about your career goals and create your first To Do List by adding 5 steps you can take to reach your goals. Keep an eye out for suggested To Do List items from Professionals on CareerVillage after you've created your list. You can add them to your list if you think it will be helpful!

Need a refresher on how to create an assignment? Click here.

Background Knowledge

  • Instructors should be aware of what career questions on CareerVillage.org look like, and that they will get answered by real working professionals in the days and weeks after they are first posted.
  • Additional resources: The educator resource page is available here.


  • Formative: Instructor should collect student reflections (by email or any other method)


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