Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students

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The primary purpose for classroom jobs is to teach children a little bit of responsibility. Children as young as five can learn how to clean out their desk, wash the chalkboard, feed the class pet, and so on. It also sets the tone for the new school year by keeping your classroom running smoothly, not to mention give you a break from doing all of the chores yourself.

In addition, combined with an official Classroom Job Application, this list of possible jobs will help you design a classroom job program that teaches your young students how to be responsible for themselves.

 40 Ideas for Classroom Jobs

  1. Pencil Sharpener - makes sure the class always has a supply of sharpened pencils.
  2. Paper Monitor - passes papers back to students.
  3. Chair Stacker - in charge of stacking the chairs at the end of the day.
  4. Door Monitor - opens and closes the door as the class comes and goes.
  5. Chalkboard/Overhead Eraser - erases at end of the day.
  6. Librarian - in charge of the class library.
  7. Energy Monitor - makes sure to turn off the light when class leaves the room.
  8. Line Monitor - leads the line and keeps it quiet in the halls.
  9. Table Captain - may be more than one student.
  10. Plant Technician- waters plants.
  11. Desk Inspector - catches dirty desks.
  12. Animal Trainer - takes care of any classroom pets.
  13. Teacher Assistant - helps the teacher at any time.
  14. Attendance Person - takes the attendance folder to the office.
  15. Homework Monitor - tells students who were absent what homework they missed.
  16. Bulletin Board Coordinator - more than one student who plans and decorates one bulletin board in the classroom.
  17. Calendar Helper - helps the teacher do the morning calendar.
  1. Trash Monitor - picks up any trash they see on or around the classroom.
  2. Pledge/Flag Helper - is the leader for the Pledge of Allegiance in the morning.
  3. Lunch Count Helper - counts and keeps track of how many students are buying lunch.
  4. Center Monitor - helps students get to centers and makes sure all materials in place.
  5. Cubby/Closet Monitor - makes sure that all students belongings are in place.
  6. Book Bin Helper - keep track of the books that students read during class time.
  7. Errand Runner - runs any errands the teacher needs done.
  8. Recess Helper - carries any supplies or materials needed for recess.
  9. Media Helper - gets any classroom technology ready for use.
  10. Hall Monitor - goes into the hallway first or opens the door for guests.
  11. Weather Reporter - helps the teacher with the weather in the morning.
  12. Sink Monitor - stands by the sink and makes sure students wash their hands properly.
  13. Homework Helper - collects students homework each morning from the basket.
  14. Duster - dusts the desk, walls, countertops, etc.
  1. Sweeper - sweeps up the floor at the end of the day.
  2. Supplies Manager - takes care of the classroom supplies.
  3. Backpack Patrol - makes sure everyone has everything in their backpack each day.
  4. Paper Manager - takes care of all of the classroom papers.
  5. Tree Hugger - makes sure that all materials are in the recycle bin that need to be.
  6. Scrap Patrol - looks around the classroom each day for scraps.
  7. Telephone Operator - answers the classroom phone when it rings.
  8. Plant Monitor - water the classroom plants.
  9. Mail Monitor - picks up the teachers mail from the office each day.

Edited By: Janelle Cox