Grade 2 - Work and Money - Closed Captioned

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Video Storyline:  We use money to buy both needs and wants. People work to earn money to buy these items. Technology has made work easier over time. There are different types of jobs people can have. Some jobs are called service jobs, and some people called volunteers work for no money at all.

Video length: 8:29 minutes.

Learning Resources with this Video*

Quizzes – PDF & Online

Work and Money Cloze Activity

Work and Money Fill-in-the-Blank Sheet

What Would You Rather Be

Draw a Scene

Universal Resources

National Standards

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How-to for Online Activities

Classroom Ideas 

Work and Money

Cloze Practice

A cloze piece has full sentences used in the virtual field trip with blanks where students can write in the information that is missing. This task requires close listening to the trip in order to complete it.

Coral reefs are the _______ type of ecosystem in the world. They’ve been around for over _____ million years.

 Answers:  oldest; 240

Alternatively, you could have students create 5-10 cloze statements and they could share those with the class.

A third alternative is to distribute the cloze worksheets before watching the video.  Students can fill them in as they watch.

Art and Social Studies

Draw a scene from the video.

Explore Vocabulary

Identify key vocabulary terms while previewing each video. Prompt students to find the meaning of each word as they watch the video. Example: What do the words consumer, budget, and expense mean? Think about the meaning of these words as you watch this video.


Draw a picture of your future career.

Visual Learning

Offer videos to struggling learners as another way of creating knowledge and accessing information. 

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Topics Covered In This Video

People have needs & wants

Needs are things like water, food, & shelter

Wants are usually fun items like a bicycle or a television

Things that we don’t have enough of are thought of as scarce

Money can also be scarce because we often don’t have enough

We can get more money when we earn it at our jobs

People can choose many types of jobs

Some of these jobs are called service jobs

Other people may choose to work without getting paid.  They are called volunteers

Some people may work in factories where goods are made

Goods are traded for money which means that we can buy or sell

Countries can also buy and sell goods with each other

Videos in this Series

Grade 2 - Our Government At Work

Grade 2 - Early Americans

Grade 2 - Land and Water Around Us

Grade 2 - Living Together

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