• Kindergarten to 5th Grade Programs

    Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with five hands-on activities, work to change students’ lives by helping them understand business and economics. The activities build on content learned from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning. Each program involves five to six lessons of 30 to 45 minutes each. Volunteers teaching elementary school programs can find helpful tips on our Volunteer Resources page.

    Kindergarten: 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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    5th Grade: JA Our Nation
    JA Our Nation provides students practical information about the need for employees who can meet the demands of the 21st century job market, particularly high-growth, high-demand jobs. Students will understand the skills, especially in STEM, that will make their futures brighter.
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    More than MoneyJA More Than Money
    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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