Office of Strategic Partnerships
Elementary Level Volunteer Opportunities

These suggestions are only a beginning! Think of other ways that volunteers can help!

  1. Tell stories to children
  2. Listen to children read
  3. Conduct flash card drills
  4. Provide individual help
  5. Assist in learning centers
  6. Set up learning centers
  7. Help contact parents
  8. Reproduce materials
  9. Work in clinic or media center
  10. Check out audio-visual equipment
  11. Practice vocabulary with non-English speaking
  12. Make instructional games
  13. Play instructional games
  14. Play games at recess
  15. Assist with visual tests
  16. Prepare visual materials
  17. Develop programmed materials
  18. Grade papers
  19. Prepare bulletin boards
  20. Help with book fairs
  21. Help underachievers
  22. Reinforce reading fluency
  23. Help select library books
  24. Assist with field trips
  25. Make props for plays
  26. Set-up or run bookstore or book exchange
  27. Gather resource materials
  28. Help children learn to type
  29. Help children with arts and crafts
  30. Help with cooking projects
  31. Check-out books from the library
  32. Set-up experiments
  33. Take attendance
  34. Collect lunch money
  35. Escort children to bathroom, media center, cafeteria, etc
  36. Work on perceptual activities
  37. Make list of library resources
  38. Prepare teaching materials
  39. Work with handicapped child
  40. Record grades
  41. Supervise test taking session
  42. Discuss careers or hobbies 43. Show a film to a group
  43. Help young children with physical activities
  44. Reinforce learning the alphabet
  45. Reinforce recognition of numbers
  46. Drill recognition of color words
  47. Talk to children. Be a friend
  48. Help children with motor skill problems
  49. Help children learn a foreign language
  50. Play a musical instrument
  51. Help students play instruments
  52. Make puppets
  53. Dramatize a story
  54. Help with handwriting practice
  55. Set up “grocery store” to practice math skills
  56. Drill spelling words
  57. Tell stories
    1. - with puppets
    2. - with flannel board
  58. Assist with sing-a-longs
  59. Show slides
    1. - life in other countries
    2. - parts of the United States
  60. Discuss care and training of pets
  61. Demonstrate different artistic abilities
  62. Discuss life from the point of view of a person with a handicap and the importance of understanding others
  63. Discuss different handicaps
  64. Discuss attitudes, feelings and emotions
  65. Share ethnic backgrounds and experiences
  66. Discuss farm life and farm animals
  67. Demonstrate gardening skills
  68. Help prepare assembly programs
  69. Discuss holidays and special occasions
  70. Discuss aspects of safety
  71. Share information about local history
  72. Demonstrate pioneer crafts
    1. - weaving
    2. - candle making
    3. - soap making
    4. - musical instruments
    5. - toys and dolls
  73. Assist in preparing courses in
    1. - photography
    2. - creative dramatics
    3. - knitting
    4. - square dancing
  74. Help office staff with mass mailings