One way to engage students in school is to make their learning relevant to them. And, one way to do this is to let them start thinking about possible careers and how their learning can be useful in those careers. Paws in Jobland is a great site for younger students to learn about many of the possibilities that await them once they finish school. A simple animated dog guides them through the different choices (accompanied by text and the choice of sound, great UDL site!)- from a Job Finder to an Alphabetical Search. The Job Finder asks brief questions about the student’s interests, and then suggests some possible fields for which he or she might be suited. Within each field is a list of careers, and the student can click on each one to find out more.
I know that a lot of classrooms work on goal-setting, and this would be a fun activity that would expose the kids to many areas that might not have been considered by their young minds yet. Paws in Jobland may not encompass every single career, but it is a great introduction to the “real world”.