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 storybook characters in read-aloud and hands-on activities to introduce the role people play in an economy. Through engaging, volunteer-led activities, young students learn about individual choices, money, the importance of saving and giving, and the value of work.
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Our Families1st Grade: JA Our Familes
JA Our Families introduces the concept of needs and wants and explores the ways families plan for and acquire goods and services. Students analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their families.
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Our Community2nd Grade: JA Our Community
JA Our Community uses posters and games to offer practical information about businesses and the many jobs those businesses offer in a community. Students explore production methods through a simulation game, and they learn about taxes, decision making, and how money flows in an economy.
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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 learn the role of an entrepreneur by exploring what it takes to open a restaurant.
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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. Students operate a hypothetical business to understand the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner.
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5th Grade: JA Our Nation, presented by the Xcel Energy Foundation
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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6th Grade: JA Going Global, presented by Comcast
JA Going Global, presented by Comcast allows students to explore what companies evaluate when they consider international growth.  Students serve as consultants to Comcast Xfinity. Working in teams, students investigate assigned international markets. Country teams develop expertise on their markets, complete complex comprehensive analyses, and make recommendations regarding global expansion.