Looking for some cool classroom jobs for elementary students?  If so, then I guarantee you’ll find something here.

If you’re super curious about what you’ll find, go ahead and skip straight to the list of 40 fantastic classroom jobs for elementary students!

But first, let’s cover basic tips for using classroom jobs with your elementary students.

Here we go!

Why Should You Even Have Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students?

In a nutshell, classroom jobs for elementary students build community and validate that their actions matter.

Learners realize that completing their job duties successfully contributes to the greater good of the classroom community.

Plus, your kiddos have a chance to see how we all depend on each other to keep the classroom running smoothly.

And another important reason?

Well, as a teacher, you can’t do it all!

That’s where student helpers come into the picture. Carefully delegate tasks appropriate for your kiddos, and watch how work efficiency and classroom organization improves!

And as you may know, having classroom jobs for elementary students serve as one of many effective classroom management strategies.

You’ll have no regrets!

How Do You Go About Introducing and Assigning Classroom Helper Jobs?

There are many ways to do this, but here’s what I do.

On the first day of school, I mention to students that they’ll be responsible for a classroom job throughout the school year.  I’ll briefly state some of the jobs.

Doing this peaks their curiosity and gets them thinking about what they might want to do.

Sometime later during the first week of school, I introduce every job using “Help Wanted” or “Hiring” signs. Each job has its own “advertisement” with responsibilities and preferred qualifications listed.

Quick Tip:  Before the first day of school, post a “Help Wanted” or “Hiring Now” bulletin board. Once students arrive, they’ll immediately see what jobs are available. They’ll start thinking about which jobs best fit their interests and talents.

Although I think all the classroom jobs for elementary students listed are A-M-A-Z-I-N-G and super cool, not all of your kiddos will feel the same way. LOL

So…

When you introduce and discuss with the class each job, be sure to “pump up” each one.

I use euphemisms for jobs that students don’t readily jump to do (such as the Trash Collector). Instead, I use the phrase Aesthetic Crew.

The phrase is more appealing to kids (and their parents).

Have Students Apply For Classroom Jobs

Once you’ve introduced and thoroughly explained all classroom jobs for elementary students, each must then apply for a job!

I use a classroom job application specifically customized to the grade level I’m teaching.

After modeling how to fill out the application, I emphasize to students that they must take seriously the task of completing their job application thoroughly.

They want to make a good impression and SHOW with examples that they’ve got what it takes to do a specific classroom job well!

I review each application thoroughly (I really do) and try to make the best matches possible.

NOTE: Not surprisingly, some students are disappointed when they are not selected for their first job choice. Let them know that they may have an opportunity to do that particular job at another time during the school year.  Eventually, they may come to really enjoy their assigned job!

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Speaking of Number of Kids Per Job, Should More than One Person Be Chosen for Each Job?

Not necessarily. Here are recommendations.

As you’ll see in the list further on in the post, I’ve suggested how many positions you should offer for each classroom job.

That number will vary depending on the number of learners you have, the needs of your classroom, how often you’ll change classroom jobs, etc.

Quick Tip: Some jobs are needed less frequently (e.g. Birthday Director and Student Ambassador). In cases such as these, I assign those student helpers more than one job. The other job allows opportunities to contribute more frequently.

How Often Should You Change Student Jobs?

Whichever classroom jobs for elementary students you choose to use, you’ll inevitably want to switch things up a bit.

Throughout the years, I’ve tried many variations.

I’ve switched jobs weekly, monthly, quarterly, even by semester.

What have I found to work best?

Changing jobs less frequently has yielded the greatest results in my classrooms.

Students need time to learn their jobs well.  Changing too frequently means that they’re now going through a learning curve all over again within a short period of time.

In general, do what works best for you and your students.

How Do Students Learn Their Jobs Well?

You may need to give some time for students to get comfortable with doing their jobs and doing them well.

However, if after a significant amount of time you see that Little Johnny is still struggling with completing his job at a high standard, first talk with him to see how you can best support him in doing better.

If that doesn’t work, consider switching the child’s job.

While some of the listed classroom jobs for elementary students take little time to learn, others require a different level of student involvement (such as the Special Events Coordinator).

Allow time for students to get into a rhythm. With time and a bit of guidance, they’ll do just fine.

Quick Tip: Some students “slack” in a classroom job because they simply don’t like it or have become bored with it. In cases like this, you can communicate to them that at times we must all do tasks that we don’t necessarily enjoy.  We still give it our best shot anyway.

If after this “little chat” the student puts forth effort in doing her best, keep that in mind once it’s time to switch jobs again. It may be time to give that student a classroom job better suited to her abilities and strengths.

Should I Use Every Student Helper Job Listed?

Using every job listed at the same time is probably not the best idea unless you have a huge class!

If I have a class of twenty students, maybe I’ll have 15 or so classroom jobs in operation at any one time. (Remember, some of the classroom jobs for elementary students can be done in teams).

For example, the Property Manager and Sanitation Manager are similar in nature. Therefore, I wouldn’t have these two jobs in operation at the same time.

Depending on how often I switch jobs, I offer one or the other at different times in the school year.

Classroom jobs with duties that have significant overlap will probably be advertised at different times.

Can I Change the Responsibilities and Qualifications For Jobs As Needed?

Customize each job for your classroom needs and preferences, and know that there are various ways of doing each job.

I’ve changed job responsibilities and qualifications from year-to-year and even within a school year!

Certain actions and school decisions could very well cause me to switch things up a bit.

Remember, the information within the classroom job advertisements isn’t written in stone. 🙂

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I’ve differentiated this list of 40 classroom jobs for elementary students into three groups:  jobs confined to the classroom, jobs that have classroom duties plus some mobility outside of the classroom, and classroom jobs with high mobility outside of the classroom.

Why do I do this?

You may have students that you need to keep in constant close proximity to you. Classroom jobs confined to the classroom may work best for those kids.

Some wonderful children are roamers so high mobility jobs may not be great for them.

You get the point.

You probably won’t know your students that well during the first week of school, but with time, you’ll figure out the quirks of each learner.

Consequently, you’ll be able to better “guide” students into choosing a job that works best for them. 😉

Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students ~ Confined to the Classroom

 1. Absentee Organizer

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Records class assignments and homework on designated form.
  • Places those notes in the “Absentee Folder” and gives to absent student upon his/her return.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Absentee Organizer must have legible handwriting and pay close attention to detail.  Additionally, he or she has to take clear and precise class notes for each subject.

Quick Tip: For assignments that require more in-depth teacher explanation,  advise the Absentee Organizer to write, “See teacher for further information.”

 2. Aesthetic Crew

Number of Positions: 2 to 3

Duties:

  • Spruces up the classroom at the end of the day.
  • Erases whiteboards.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Aesthetic Crew keeps the classroom looking immaculate! So they should be very organized.

 3. Attendance Aide

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Takes attendance each day

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Attendance Aide is good with names.

 4. Backpack Monitor

Number of Positions: 1 or 2

Duties:

  • Straightens backpacks so that they remain organized and neat.
  • Removes backpacks from students’ walking space.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Backpack Monitor is neat and organized.

 5. Birthday Director

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Notes student birthdays on the classroom calendar.
  • Leads class in singing the “Happy Birthday” song on a child’s birthday.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Birthday Director is outgoing, likes to celebrate others, and enjoys singing.

 6. Botanist

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Waters and nurtures the classroom plants.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Botanist has a tendency for “green thumb” activities and enjoys taking care of plants.

 7. Caboose

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Closes the door when class leaves to go to another location in the school.
  • Turns off the lights upon class exiting.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Caboose has to have a good memory!  Remembering to close the classroom door and turn off the lights are very important!

 8. Centers Manager

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Sets up center or word work activities.
  • Returns center activities and materials to appropriate locations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Centers Manager is organized.
  • He or she knows very well which lesson materials accompany which activity station.

 9. Cubby Captain

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Gently pushes protruding items into the cubby.
  • Notes which cubbies are in disarray and informs the teacher.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Cubby Captain likes neatness and order and has a high awareness of taking care of others’ property.

10. Daily Scheduler

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Writes daily date on the board each morning.
  • Changes the month and day cards on the classroom calendar.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Daily Scheduler has a good memory!

11. Desk Inspector

Number of Positions: 1

Duties

  • Reviews student desks daily or weekly checking for organization and neatness.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • In order for the Desk Inspector to do a good job, he/she must serve as a role model by keeping his/her desk immaculate.

12. Distribution Specialist

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Passes out papers to classmates.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Distribution Specialist is efficient and organized.

13. Door Holder

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Holds the door open for classmates as the class walks to and from various locations.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Door Holder is patient.

14. Electrician

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Turns on/off lights upon entering/exiting classroom.
  • Makes sure classroom computers and mobile devices are turned off at the end of the day.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Electrician likes to conserve energy!

15. Financial Advisor

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • “Pays” classmates their “salary” each week (if the class has a class economy classroom set-up).
  • Assists the teacher in counting money raised during classroom fundraisers.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Financial Advisor is strong in math and enjoys problem solving.

16. Musician

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Chooses songs from the “Writer’s Workshop” playlist to play softly during independent writing time.
  • Controls the volume of the soft tunes.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Musician ideally has a knack for music and rhythm.

17. Paper Collector

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Collects classroom/homework assignments, organizes them neatly, and then hands to teacher.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • It’s a plus if the Paper Collector is neat and organized.

18. Pencil Patrol

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Sharpens “community-property” pencils at the beginning and end of the school day.
  • Empties electric pencil sharpener when full.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Pencil Patrol uses an electric pencil sharpener appropriately or is willing to learn how to do so.

19. Peterinarian

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Feeds and cares for the classroom pet.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Peterinarian has a BIG heart for animals and wants nothing more than for the class pet to be well-nourished and well-loved.

Quick Tip: You may want to alternate this job between students more often than other classroom jobs since it tends to be popular!

20. Property Manager

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Surveys the classroom at the end of the day to make sure everything’s in place.
  • Reports broken, missing, or in-need-of-repair items to the teacher.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Property Manager has an eye for imperfection and a desire to make things right!

21. Recycling Advocate

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Empties recycling bin daily or weekly.
  • Encourages classmates to dispose of recycled materials appropriately.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Recycling Advocate has a heart for the environment and desires to educate others about the importance of reusing certain items.

22. Sanitation Manager

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Walks around with the wastebasket asking peers to dispose of their wastes during arts and crafts or other “crafty” hands-on activities.
  • Picks up big pieces of litter from classroom floor.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Sanitation Manager needs to be thorough with cleaning and willing to work with the Aesthetic Crew to keep the classroom neat.

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23. Snacks Distributor

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Passes out snacks to classmates during snack time.
  • Ensures that everyone has been offered a snack.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Snacks Distributor is careful with passing out food to classmates and makes few, if any, messes when doing so.

24. Table Captain

Number of Positions: Depends on the number of table groups; 1 per group

Duties:

  • Distributes and collects papers for group members
  • Goes for materials that group may need for class activities

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Table Captain is very aware of others. He or she ensures that group members have all necessary items to carry out group activities.

Quick Tip: I change table captains weekly or monthly so that every student has an opportunity to do this task.

25. Technology Technician

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Moves the lesson along by controlling the mouse when the teacher is instructing using a projector.
  • Manages the document camera as needed,  distributes iPads, or assists the teacher in navigating online teaching tools.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Technology Technician should be comfortable using technology or willing to learn about unfamiliar technological features.

Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students ~ Some Mobility Outside of the Classroom

26. Administrative Assistant

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Assists the classroom teacher by fetching needed materials in a short notice.
  • Completes duties not directly defined within other classroom jobs.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Administrative Assistant must be quick on his or her feet and able to handle a variety of tasks.

27. Bulletin Board Helper

Number of Positions: 1 or 2

Duties:

  • Assists teacher with taking down and putting up bulletin boards before or after school.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Bulletin Board Helper handles materials gently and has an eye for perfection (or close to it!). We want those bulletin boards looking nice! 🙂

28. Fire Drill Deputy

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Carries the fire drill backpack or bag with first-aid supplies during a fire drill.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Fire Drill Deputy takes safety seriously. At all times, he or she knows where the fire drill backpack is located inside of the classroom.

29. Librarian

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Keeps the classroom library organized.
  • Returns classmates’ library books to the school library on a daily or weekly basis.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Not only does the Librarian enjoy books, he or she loves to see organized book bins and bookshelves!

30. Line Leader

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Leads the class from one location in the school to another.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Line Leader has to be trustworthy because his/her classmates are trusting that s/he leads them to the right place! 😉

31. Graphic Design Squad

Number of Positions: 2 to 3

Duties:

  • Visualize and sketch new bulletin board ideas based on current learning objectives.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Graphic Design Squad is creative and sketches well.

32. Meteorologist

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Records the weather and temperature each day on the classroom calendar.
  • Confirms indoor or outdoor recess on wet days.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Meteorologist is good at interpreting data from charts and graphs.  This information helps him/her to accurately note the weather patterns for the day and/or week.

33. Special Events Coordinator

Number of Positions: 2 to 3

Duties:

  • Maintains the school’s “Current Events” bulletin board.
  • Posts memos of school events.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Special Events Coordinator has to keep up-to-date with what’s going on around the school. He or she gets the word out about school plays, holiday festivities, fundraisers, etc. in addition to any other important school events.

Classroom Jobs for Elementary Students ~ High Mobility Outside the Classroom

34. Bathroom Monitor

Number of Positions: 2 (one boy, one girl)

Duties:

  • Supervises the bathroom to make sure peers are not playing around.
  • Turns off faucets accidentally left running.
  • Accounts for all students, making sure no one is left in the bathroom after the class leaves.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Bathroom Monitor is a good communicator and diligent.

35. Errand Runner/Messenger

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Runs papers to and from the office.
  • Delivers messages between classrooms.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Errand Runner needs to know various locations throughout the school building and be able to deliver a message within a reasonable time frame.

36. Nurse Aide

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Accompanies injured student to the school nurse.
  • Carries hall pass (or anything else) for hurt student if needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Nurse Aide is a caring person who really likes assisting those who can’t fully help themselves temporarily.

37. Recess Equipment Monitor

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Scans playground after recess to see if any sporting or play materials remain.
  • Collects forgotten playground items and returns them to appropriate location.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Recess Equipment Monitor has to focus and scan the field rather quickly. Working rapidly, but efficiently, is important so that he or she doesn’t arrive tardy to class after recess.

38. Student Ambassador

Number of Positions: 1

Duties:

  • Accompanies a new student on a tour around the school, noting important locations and/or school procedures.
  • Guides new students in learning the ins and outs of the school.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Student Ambassador is warm, friendly, and enjoys meeting new people. He or she takes pleasure in helping peers learn the ropes about something new.

39. Substitute Helper

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Fills in for any classroom job when the student isn’t available.
  • Assists others in their classroom jobs when more hands are needed.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • The Substitute Helper enjoys changing things up a bit. He or she is flexible, open to frequent change, and able to master a variety of  tasks.

40. Transporters

Number of Positions: 2

Duties:

  • Carries materials from homeroom to electives/specials’ classes (art, music, p.e).
  • Handles materials/items that must be moved from one part of the school to another.

Preferred Qualifications:

  • Transporters remember what items go to which location. They make sure that materials arrive to the appropriate place in a timely manner.

Conclusion

This list of 40 fantastic classroom jobs for elementary students is sure to grow your kiddos’ sense of classroom community.

Plus your helpers will make the class run more efficiently.

Happy Teaching and Learning!

~Missi

 

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