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Activity Survey

Course, Subject

Home & Careers, Career Development and Occupational Studies

Grade Levels

Intermediate, 6th Grade, 7th Grade


  • A self-assessment of learning could be included.
  • Project assessment is based on established rubrics.
  • Periodic classroom assessment.
  • Project recommendations are made.


CDOS Writing Team, Authors of Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum.


long-term project

Essential Questions

  • How do I find out what I want to know?
  • How do I affect the systems within which I live and work?



  • Students will survey the interests of the students on their school's instructional team.
  • Students will analyze the data from the surveys and recommend clubs, activities, or other school programs to meet those interests.
  • Students begin to understand how they can impact the system in which they operate.


  • Teacher will introduce the project, explaining that they will survey the students on their interests, analyze the data, make recommendations based on the data, and present the findings to the students and staff in order to develop a club/activities program that addresses the findings. Teacher will engage the students in a discussion on the importance of research and the possible direct results for this activity.
  • Teacher secures a speaker from the Census Bureau, a representative from a research firm, or a researcher from a local university to discuss the importance of appropriate research and survey techniques and their impact on the resulting findings.
  • Following the presentations from the outside speakers, the teacher and students identify the specific survey techniques to be used during the project.
  • Teacher will work with the students to identify or create an interest survey for use with middle-level (intermediate) students.
  • Students survey the students on their school team or at their grade level.
  • Teacher presents instruction on the analysis of data and the creation of graphic displays to represent the data. Rubrics for graphic representation should be developed or presented.
  • Students analyze data and create appropriate graphic representations. Students identify clubs or activities that would address the survey results.
  • Class discusses the most appropriate way to present their findings and create a presentation of their findings.
  • Students present their findings to their fellow students, recommending clubs or activities that would address the identified interest areas. Students select those programs, clubs, or activities of most interest.
  • Class works with the other teachers, administrators, and student representatives to create club offerings, advisor-advisee programs, or other team/school programs.
  • Class engages in a discussion of what they learned from the project.

Materials / Resources

  • Interest surveys
  • Computer
  • Graphics program
  • Computer survey program (optional)

Comments / Modifications

  • Prior to implementing this activity, the teacher(s) should have approval of the rest of the team and the administration to implement an activity/club program, even on a short-term basis.
  • If available, a computer program can be used to administer and process the survey information. This would give students another experience with technology and would vastly simplify the process.
  • Appropriate faculty/staff and business/community members can be identified to serve as club/activity sponsors.


CDOS Writing Team. “Activity Survey.” In Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) Resource Guide with Core Curriculum. New York State Department of Education, 110.

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