Elementary

The elementary school programs include sequential themes for kindergarten through sixth grade students.
Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the real
world. The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for
secondary school and lifelong learning.

JA Ourselves®

(Kindergarten) For thousands of students, this popular program represents the first real foray into the
economics of life. JA volunteers lead sessions with engaging stories and dynamic activities that help instill
the values of earning, saving, sharing, and working ethically.

JA Our Families®

(1st Grade) Learning to recognize the difference between a want and a need is one of the first crucial
lessons in financial literacy. By focusing on the roles people play in their local economy, students
understand the importance of work, and the tools and skills to get – or earn – what they want.

JA Our Community®

(2nd Grade) This program puts community life into perspective for students as they explore matters of
business, citizenship, economics, and the interdependent roles of people working in a community.

JA Our City®

(3rd Grade) Urban life comes into sharp context as students are inspired to explore the relationship
between the jobs people perform, the skills they need to perform these jobs, and the impact their work has
on a city’s well-being.

JA Our Region®

(4th Grade) Introduces the relationship between the natural, human, and capital resources found in
different regions and explores regional businesses that produce goods (such as food in local supermarkets)
and services (such as energy and transportation).

JA Our Nation®

(5th Grade) The concept of business globalization is explored as it relates to business resources and careers and
the need for students to be entrepreneurial in their thinking to meet the requirements of business worldwide.
Students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, resources, and jobs.

JA Global Marketplace®

(6th Grade) Practical examples help students understand how goods flow in the world’s economy and the
effect globalization has on their lives.