Junior Achievement’s elementary school programs are the foundation of its K-12 curricula. Six sequential themes, each with 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 four 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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1st Grade: JA Our Families
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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2nd 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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3rd Grade: JA Our City
JA Our City featuring Cha-Ching introduces students to financial literacy, including how people manage their money and the importance of economic exchange within a city. Students learn the role of an entrepreneur by designing and constructing a pop-up business. Engaging Cha-Ching music videos enhance each lesson.
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4th Grade: JA Our Region, presented by the Coloradans for Responsible Energy Development (CRED)
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. The CRED partnership offers students a focus on resources found in the Rocky Mountain region.
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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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JA More than Money (3rd, 4th, and 5th Grades)
JA More than Money introduces students to financial literacy and entrepreneurship, and to social studies learning objectives that include money-management skills, goods and services, and global markets. Through hands-on activities and a JA cast of characters serving as symbols for financial literacy and entrepreneurship concepts, students will learn a practical approach to starting a business and making smart decisions about managing money.
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