JA Elementary Economics teaches K-5th grade students the basic concepts of business and economics through six unique grade-specific programs. Through these foundation programs, students learn about responsibilities and opportunities within the economic community as they explore economic development, local businesses, and career opportunities and learn about the roles of individuals and families in a successful working economy.
JA Ourselves® introduces kindergarten students to personal economics and the choices consumers make to meet their needs and wants. They learn about the role of money in society and gain practical information about earning, saving, and sharing money. Download this program brief.
JA Our Families® teaches 1st grade students about needs, wants, workplace tools and skills, and interdependence. As they learn about jobs that provide for needs and wants, they discover how each person contributes to the well-being of the family. Download this program brief.
JA Our Community® helps 2nd grade students see how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community's success. Various jobs and their required skills are identified to demonstrate how the work people do positively affects a community's economy. Download this program brief.
JA Our City® exposes 3rd grade students to careers, the skills people need to work in specific careers, and how businesses contribute to a city. They also learn about economic development, local businesses, and career opportunities. Download this program brief.
JA Our Region® introduces 4th grade students to the relationship between different resources as they explore regional businesses that produce goods and services for consumers. Students will learn about supply chain and problem solving by weighing risks and potential rewards. They learn about entrepreneurship and economic interdependence. Download this program brief.
JA Our Nation® provides 5th grade students with practical information about the U.S. free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. They learn that entrepreneurial and innovative thinking are required for high-growth, high-demand careers in a global economy. Download this program brief.
JA More than Money® teaches students about earning, spending, sharing, and saving money, as well as the businesses they can start or jobs they can perform to earn money. They learn about positive work ethics, job skills, SMART consumer decisions, and the role of money in their life. Download this program brief.
JA BizTown® provides students the opportunity to operate banks, manage restaurants, write checks, use debit cards, and vote for a mayor. They connect the dots between what they learn in school and the real world. Download this program brief.
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JA BizTown Homeschool Edition will be held March of 2019 for homeschool and cyber school students in grades 4 through 7. Registration will open in September. Please contact Karen Cooper at with any questions. Click here to learn more and register.