Vocational Jobs in the Classroom

Categories: Life Skills

Creating jobs within your classroom gives your students responsibility and allows them to generalize skills previously taught.

In my last blog (click here to view), I shared my weekly life skills lesson plan, and in that plan, I incorporated vocational jobs as part of our Friday lesson. Students would complete 3-4 vocational jobs each week, and we would rotate through the jobs each week.

Below, I have created a list of vocational jobs I had set up in my classroom. 

Fold towels

  • Have different sizes of towels for students to fold.

Sort laundry

  • Create two baskets for students to separate colors and whites.

Fold t-shirts

  • Students use a folding t-shirt board to fold t-shirts easily.

Hang up clothes

  • Put t-shirts, pants, dresses, etc., in a laundry basket and have students hang the items on a clothing rack.

Put away laundry (dresser drawers)

  • Students put t-shirts, towels, and socks away into the drawers using three-drawer plastic storage.

Stock Items:

  • Vending snacks/drinks
  • Toothbrushes
  • Seed packets
  • Pens/pencils
  • Grocery Items
  • Library Books
  • Gift Cards

Filing Items:

  • Utility bills
  • Paper (by color)
  • Cards by dates
  • Letter cards
  • Word Cards
  • Cards with last names

Other Jobs:

  • Shred paper
  • Crimp paper
  • Crush Pop Cans
  • Sort mail
  • Find grocery items from list (2 levels)
  • Use a list to find grocery items and determine the next dollar amount (2 levels)


  1. The school I teach at does these type of job task. In our Daily Living Skills classes the teacher uses what you have shown. In a Math class I helped in the teacher used the grocery items as a math task of having a list to shop with than then the cashier would ring the items up and the student would pay with play money. I do believe our DLS classes use them as well.
    You have some great ideas

  2. Love all of this. Fantastic job.

    • Thanks for reading!

      • Are the vending machine visuals available? My principal made me a double sided peg board that I showed from your blog.

        • Ashley (the blogger) made that activity and since they are name-brand products, it would be illegal to sell the photos, sorry!

  3. I think that this is a great thing. I was hoping to set up a store in one of our offices and would love to know how to get the printouts of the items you have.

  4. I am the Daily Living Skills teacher for my school k-5. We are starting a school munchy cart this year . I travel from classroom to classroom but can use the cafeteria . I would like to do these set ups with my 4-5 graders as they will be running the cart. Do you have any ideas that would best word for a traveling teacher

    • Great question! I would have all of the visuals ready to go and assign each student specific jobs!

  5. Do you have the laundry visuals available to purchase or download?

    • Hi Mickey! Sorry – I don’t!


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