JA Our Families®

JA Our Families introduces students to the intersection of entrepreneurship and first grade social studies learning objectives, including how family members’ jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family. JA Our Families consists of five 30 minute volunteer led sessions.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to describe the similarities and differences found in families, categorize needs and wants, describe the jobs people do, analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support their family, identify the goods and services provided by local businesses, and explain one of the entrepreneurial characteristics—to satisfy a need or a want.

Session One: Our Families

The students discover how families are alike and different and how they can work together to make where they live a better place.

The students will be able to:

  • Understand the similarities and differences between families.
  • Recognize the importance of individuals and families as part of neighborhoods.

Session Two: Our Families’ Needs and Wants

The students become aware that all families need food, clothing, and shelter to live. They begin to understand and distinguish needs from wants.

The students will be able to:

  • Categorize needs and wants.
  • Describe the difference between a need and a want.

Session Three: Great Job!

The students examine the jobs family members have, including operating their own businesses, and the ways people earn money to provide for a family’s needs and wants.

The students will be able to:

  • Define the terms job, business, and entrepreneur.
  • Identify the jobs people do.
  • Analyze their own skills to determine ways they can support family members.

Session Four: Businesses in Our Neighborhood

The students use the Floor Map to locate businesses throughout a neighborhood. They also identify locations for new entrepreneurial businesses and discuss the goods or services these businesses will provide.

The students will be able to:

  • Interpret map symbols.
  • Identify the goods or services businesses provide.

Session Five: Our New Business

Students become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.
The students will be able to:

  • Describe one of the entrepreneurial characteristics—to satisfy a need or want.

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