Kindergarten to 5th Grade Programs

The elementary school programs include six sequential themes for kindergarten through fifth-grade students and one capstone experience. Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning.  Volunteers teaching elementary school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer Resources page.

OurselvesKindergarten: JA Ourselves
JA Ourselves uses a series of age-appropriate stories read aloud by the volunteer along with hands-on activities that demonstrate helping, working, earning and saving.
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Our Families1st Grade: JA Our Familes
JA Our Families emphasizes the roles people play in the local economy and engages students in activities about needs and wants, jobs, skills and interdependence.
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Our Community2nd Grade: JA Our Community
 JA Our Community examines responsibilities and economic opportunities available within a community by exploring the interdependent roles of workers in the community and the work they perform.
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Our City

3rd Grade: JA Our City
JA Our City studies the characteristics of cities and how people and businesses in cities manage their money.  Students also study careers and the skills people need to work in specific careers.
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Our Region4th Grade: JA Our Region, presented by Encana Oil & Gas (USA) Inc.
JA Our Region introduces the relationship between the natural, human and capital resources found in different regions, and explores regional businesses that produce goods and services.
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Our Nation5th Grade: JA Our Nation, presented by Xcel Energy
JA Our Nation examines how businesses operate in the U.S. Students role-play business ownership, interview for jobs, and learn different methods of production while exploring various economic issues that affect businesses.
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More than MoneyJA More Than Money, presented by Great-West Financial
JA More Than Money is for 3rd-5th grade students and teaches them about earning, sharing, saving and spending money. Students manage a bank account, identify ways to earn money, survey personal and job skills, and learn about the SMART system and ethical business practices.
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