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Scope and Sequence Information, All Grades
Correlation between SC State Standards and JA Programs, All Grades
STEM Connections to JA Programs
Elementary School Programs
The elementary school programs include six sequential themes for kindergarten through fifth-grade students. Students learn the basic concepts of business and economics and how education is relevant to the workplace. The sequential activities build on studies from each preceding grade and prepare students for secondary school and lifelong learning. Each program is comprised of five 30-45 minute sessions.
Elementary School Program Overview
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K5 Ourselves® - This program represents their first real foray into the economics of life—work readiness, entrepreneurship, and financial literacy. JA volunteers lead sessions with engaging stories and dynamic activities that help instill the values of earning, saving, sharing, and working ethically.
1st Our Families® - Children tend to think everything they want is something they need. Learning to recognize the difference between the two 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.
2nd Our Community® - Understanding life outside of home and school begins with students taking a look at how things work in their communities. 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.
3rd Our City® - Urban life comes into sharp context through Our City, a program designed to inspire student exploration of 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.
4th Our Region® - This program introduces students to the relationship between 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).
5th Our Nation® - 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. Through engaging activities, students learn about STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) skills, resources, and job skills.
3rd-5th JA More than Money® - This program instills these essential skills in students, and shows them how entrepreneurial thinking and financial savvy can transform an idea into a business that can generate jobs and wealth for themselves and their communities.