Monday, September 5, 2011

{giveaway} *Winner Announced* "When I Grow Up" School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest Day 5

When I Grow UpI am so excited to host the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest, which is 10 days of daily giveaways starting September 1st and ending on September 10th!

Today is day five of the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest.

Today's giveaway for the School Counselor Blog Back to School Contest is When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic.

In honor of Labor Day I wanted to give away a career related book. I was introduced to this book over the summer by Kelly one of my Pennsylvania School Counseling Association (PSCA) colleagues. Among the other great ideas Kelly shared with me this summer she told me about this great book by Al Yankovic. After hearing about it I immediately purchased it. (Yes, I was shocked too that "Weird Al" wrote a children's book!)

When I Grow Up is a fun and engaging way to teach career development standards to students.  When I Grow Up is about 8 year old Billy who has many things he wants to be when he grows up.  There are some real and some zany jobs that Billy wants to be. The illustrations are great and give incredible detail to Billy's wild imagination.

The message that rings true throughout When I Grow Up is that career is a life-long journey and individuals may change careers. Billy's teacher tries to get Billy to pick one thing he wants to be. My favorite part of the book is at the end when Billy tells his teacher all the careers his grandfather has been and states that his grandfather is still not sure what he wants to be.

Below is book trailer video of Al Yankovic reading excerpts of When I Grow Up


When I Grow Up opens the door to so many conversations and lessons about career. When I Grow Up could be used for a lesson about how interests influence career choice and success, the changing workplace, lifelong learning, and much more.  I plan to use When I Grow Up for a career lesson with 5th grade students.  When I Grow Up would be great for students K-5.


The Giveaway:
One lucky winner (U.S. only) will be chosen at random to win a copy of When I Grow Up by Al Yankovic. The contest for this giveaway will be closed at midnight and a winner will be announced on this item's contest page on September 6th.

How to enter:
Add a relevant comment to this contest page about how you would use When I Grow Up in your work with students. The comment must appear on this item's contest page (this page). 

Want bonus entries?
Share on Facebook, Twitter, Google+, or your Blog, about the contest or a specific item's contest page. Make sure to provide links back to the contest page or a specific item's contest page. For each place you visit and do this, come back to the item's contest page and leave a comment explaining where you shared information about the contest!

Good luck everyone!

THE GIVEAWAY FOR THIS ITEM IS NOW OVER.


Congratulations to Jennifer Adams!



Thank you to everyone who participated in the contest and shared great ideas of how you would use When I Grow Up in your work with students!


Comments are now closed.


Danielle is a K-12 Certified School Counselor, Nationally Certified Counselor, and blogger at School Counselor Blog, a place where school counselors share innovative ideas, creative lesson plans, and quality resources.  Contact Danielle via email, follow her on twitter, and become a fan of the School Counselor Blog Facebook Page.


45 comments:

  1. Too funny Weird Al wrote a book! He wrote some funny song parodies..maybe we can tie this in and share with kids that you can be anything you want to be if you put your mind on it.

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  2. I love that Weird Al wrote this! I have seen this in the book store before but never really picked it up! I am going to have to buy it even if I dont win it! I think it is a great thing to have for kids because it shows that not everyone has to know what they want to be right away. It also gives kids ideas of different careers. I would definitely use this with younger kids one on one or in groups or even during classroom lessons! Great book idea! I am always looking to add to my library!

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  3. This would be a great resource for career awareness guidance lessons!

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  4. Weird Al! I love it! I will have to add this to my library even if I don't win this!

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  5. This sounds like a really great book-I haven't heard of it before! I'd love to use this with as part of my 1st grade career lesson/unit.

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  6. I am completing an my elementary school counselor internship this year, and one of my goals is to present a career development lesson to all classes k-5 in my school. What a great resource to use early on in the process and to help me generate ideas for the rest of the year. I also like the career puzzle you posted about a while back.

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  7. I was just looking for career resources this evening. Thanks for the idea. I would use and the Paws in Jobland site for classroom lessons. Since I had no idea what I wanted to do when I went to college, I want to push the career standards as early as possible.

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  8. This book looks like just what I need to add to my career curriculum. Thanks!

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  9. I will be doing career lessons several times this year with k-5 students. This book would be a great resource to get my kids thinking about what they want to be when they grow up!

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  10. I just started in a high needs new school this year and the students have never had career lessons or a career day. So later this month we are having our first career day. This book would be great to use in classroom lessons to further expand the students' thinking about careers and their future.

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  11. I work with kids that are diagnosed with severe mental illnesses and have been identified as needing special educational services. We do groups that are pertaining towards what they can do when they graduate. I think this book would be a great introduction to some of our groups.

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  12. I would love to use this book with my older students, since they could better understand the idea that you will have many ideas about what you will do when you grow up. I am always for books about careers because they are harder to find than other topics, this book would be a great addition to my resources!

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  13. Weird Al. The mere mention of his name brings a smile. This will be a great supplement to World of Work lessons.

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  14. Can't believe "Weird Al" wrote a children's book. The trailer looks like it's a great one! This book would be a great spring board for career awareness with all the kiddos at my school (K-5). I always "hook" the kids in with books, and this looks like a great one!

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  15. This book looks like it would be an awesome resource to use in elementary school! Being a first year counselor, it is always great to find new resources to incorp into my lesson plans.

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  16. This looks like a great resource to use with elementary students to help them learn about careers! Plus, I love Weird Al (in fact, my first tape was his Even Worse album!). Maybe I am revealing too much about myself...haha....

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  17. I need all the resources I can get! Thanks for doing this!

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  18. I think my students would love this book by Weird Al! I'm looking at starting a career exploration day for the first time at my elementary school. I think that this would be a great introduction book to use with classes.

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  19. This would be a great resource for guidance classroom lesson plans about career awareness. This will be especially great with younger children and a great opportunity to discuss different careers and options. I love using bibliotherapy with elementary students because it meets ASCA and language arts standards and are so engaging. Thanks for sharing this resource.

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  20. I think it would be a great book to share as I begin my discussion with my students about careers. I'm thinking of using it with 3rd grade, and then complete an interest inventory and have them explore careers through Funworks or Paws in Jobland.

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  21. I would love to use this book in my newly created career lessons in either first or second grade. I love to use humor in my lesson :) I have purchased different career hats and am collecting more as we speak! I am definitely interested in increasing the career lessons I do K-5.

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  22. This looks like a great resource to add to my library! Weird Al? I didn't know he wrote children's books. I loved the trailer.

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  23. This would be a great addition to my library of books to use for classroom lessons!

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  24. What a unique addition to my career exploration library. I am the new school counselor at our districts alternative school this year (K-12) and a resource like this would be of particular value in helping the elementary students to begin to think about career interests. In addition to this volume, I am certainly open to receive comments and tips of other resources I could use to enhance the career exploration prong of our school counseling services! Thanks.

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  25. I just shared this link on facebook. : )

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  26. I think career lessons can often go overlooked at the elementary level. This book looks a sure way to look at different occupations through great illustration. A classroom guidance lesson in the making!

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  27. I shared this link on my google plus!

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  28. What a cute Idea to share with my K-5 kids especially during summer intervention when I get more opportunity to do career awareness!! How cool that Weird Al wrote a children's book!!!

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  29. Who knew that Weird Al was a writer. What a cute book to add to my career lessons with primary students. It makes me want to finally try coordinating a Career Day!

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  30. This is my 2nd year as an elementary school counselor and I would love to do some career awareness activities with the students. I don't have any career resources and this would be a great start!

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  31. I just landed my first job in an Elementary school. I love this book! It is fun and the kids will love it, while also learning that they have so many choices. I am not sure what my role in career awareness is yet, as I am only part time, and other details to my specific position, but I am always looking to add more resources to what I have collected through my internship. I always want to be prepared, and this would be a great good to utilize along with the Paws in Jobland site!

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  32. I am very excited about this resource because my colleague and I are looking at different ways to expose our students to the career clusters and we are also expanding our career literature selections. We don't have this book so it would be a welcome addition! We are always looking for ideas and strategies to incorporate career awareness throughout the year. We are using your idea of the Career Cafe this year too with our fifth graders!

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  33. Weird Al is hilarious! I remember as a child watching him parody Michael Jackson's "Bad." I danced along to the video while hysterically laughing. I would have never thought Weird Al would author children's books, but if his book is as entertaining as his videos are then my students will love it! I am planning on having a career day at our school this year for grades 3rd-5th, and I believe this book will be a great resource. I would like to also use this book in a whole group guidance lesson for grades that will not be a part of the career day. This book will be a fun and entertaining way for my students to explore careers, and it will be a great asset to my collection.

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  34. Hello! I am currently an elementary school counseling intern at a low SES school that does not have many resources for students' career development. I think that career development in elementary school is paramount (!), and I would love to have this book (which has been on my Amazon wish list) to facilitate classroom guidance lessons and individual counseling sessions! I think that it would be an excellent way to create awareness of career opportunities and help the students begin to think about their own interests/skills/abilities! :)

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  35. I would use this with my 4th or 5th graders when I am teaching my career lessons! I find it hard to find good career books to use with the older elementary students! Even if I don't win, I plan on finding this book! thanks for the information on this book!

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  36. Oh my gosh! I LOVE this book! I borrowed it from a friend last year and used it in my 2nd and 3rd grade classes - they were cracking up laughing the whole time! I would love a chance to win my own copy! Thanks Danielle! :)

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  37. I just started my practicum at an elementary school and am having to come up with a lot of ideas from scratch! At this point I am soaking up as many suggestions and resources as possible, so I would definitely use this book as one of those and possibly use it as part of a classroom guidance lesson.

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  38. I am definitely adding this book to my library. Wierd Al- who would have guessed! I plan on using this book with a career exploration and writing project that we do. It would help students realize the numerous possibilities. Maybe we wouldn't have a room full of cops or movie stars. Students choose what they want to be when they grow up. Over the course of the week, they write about where they would work, what they would do, what they would wear, and what the best part of their job would be.

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  39. What a great opportunity to add a great book to my bibliotherapy collection. I would use this book as part of a career unit at the lower elem. building. Thank you!

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  40. I just posted a link on my Facebook page. I'm hoping that my school counselor friends and personal friends have more tools to talk to students about career awareness. And, I can't wait to hear their reaction about "Weird Al," who actually turns out to create a pretty awesome, developmentally appropriate resource, in addition to some entertaining music.

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  41. One of my MANY goals this year is to do a lesson on careers at every grade level (I'm a K-5 counselor and a 10th and 11th grade counselor). I would love to be able to use this book with my younger kids!

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  42. FYI, I tweeted this and I posted on the SC School Counselor Association SCENE page. I attempted to post on our FB page but was having difficulties and don't think it posted:(

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  43. I host my school's career day and this would be a great book for the kids to read to prepare for career day!

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  44. It might be really neat to have students write their own "when I grow up book". You could begin with 1st graders and have them write/draw the 1st 2 pages of the book. It would be about what they want to be when they grow up at that age. Each year you keep those pages, and add to them as the child grows up. Then, when they graduate the 8th grade, you could hand them their "When I grow Up" book and watch as they read through. They will realize that they, too, like Al went through some zany ideas of what they wanted to be when they grew up!

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