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JA Our Nation®

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Elementary School
Classroom Based
After School

Pillars of Student Success
Work Readiness High Work Readiness
Financial Literacy Moderate Financial Literacy
Entrepreneurship Moderate Entrepreneurship
JA Our Nation introduces students to the intersection of work readiness and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with practical information about the nation's free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. It also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

-- Begin to understand the nation’s free market system and how it supports businesses and careers.
-- Experience how entrepreneurial thinking can spur new business and the opportunity for future income.
-- Examine career groups and the skills needed for a variety of careers.
-- Identify important work-readiness soft skills necessary for career success.
-- Explore how the United States is connected to the global economy.

JA Our Nation is recommended for fifth-grade students. This volunteer-led, kit-based program is available for classroom-based or remote classroom implementation. It includes five 45-minute sessions and one optional supplemental session, with additional extended learning activities and optional digital assets offered throughout.

JA programs support national and state standards in reading, mathematics, social studies, and work and career readiness. See below for more information on alignment with national and state standards.

Program Concepts

Businesses, careers, career clusters, collaboration, competition, competitor, consumer, critical thinking, engineering, employees, employers, entrepreneur, free market economy, global economy, goods and services, human capital, innovation, invention, interdependence, job specialization, opportunity cost, product, producer, profit, resume, skills, technology, work readiness

Skills Students Learn

  • Analyzing occupations
  • analyzing information
  • brainstorming
  • creative thinking
  • collaboration
  • communication
  • decision making
  • estimating
  • following written instructions
  • interpersonal skills
  • interpreting economic issues
  • map reading
  • organizing information
  • prioritizing
  • problem solving
  • reasoning
  • speaking and listening
  • STEM skills
  • teamwork
  • working cooperatively
  • working in pairs
  • written communication.

Virtual Implementation

Remote classroom is available for JA Our Nation

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