JA Our Region®

What does it take to operate a successful business in your area? In JA Our Region®, students examine regional and state resources and supply chains, they solve problems by weighing risks and potential rewards. JA classroom volunteers show how resources are combined to create goods and services.

JA Our Region® is a series of five activities recommended for students in fourth grade. The average time for each activity is 45 minutes. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed activity plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.

JA Our Region®enhances students’ learning of the following concepts and skills:

  • Concepts – Advantage, Business, Choices, Compass rose, Decision, Disadvantage, Economy, Exchange, Expenses, Financial report, Goods, Government, Incentives, Income, Interdependence, Investment, Loss, Opportunity cost, Products, Profit, Region, Resources, Risk, Scarcity, Services, Specialization, Taxes
  • Skills – Applying thinking skills, Building consensus, Comparing, Compiling data, Conducting research, Decision-making, Demonstrating economic networks, Describing an economy within a region and future economic consequences, Differentiating, Following directions, Giving reports, Identifying goods and services, Identifying and organizing resources, Identifying purpose of taxes, Interpreting data, Math computations, Predicting results, Problem-solving, Reading, Recognizing major geographical features, Teamwork, Understanding symbols

Program Components

The key learning objectives listed beside each activity state the skills and knowledge students will gain.

Session One: Am I an Entrepreneur?

Students explore well-known businesses, their origins, and the traits common to the entrepreneurs who started them.

Session Objectives:

  • Recognize the impact entrepreneurs have on a community or a region
  • Apply traits common to successful entrepreneurs to their own skills and abilities

Session Two: Regional Resources: Tools for Entrepreneurs

Students are introduced to resources and how entrepreneurs use resources to offer products and services in a region.

Session Objectives:

  • Recognize natural, human, and capital resources
  • Analyze products and services that can be offered by using resources

Session Three: The Hot Dog Stand

Students learn about the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner and play a game that allows them to see money coming in and going out of a business.

Session Objectives:

  • Explain the importance of keeping an accurate account of a business''s financial information
  • Track the revenue and expenses of a business
  • Recognize the fundamental tasks required to run a business

Session Four: Entrepreneurs Are Problem Solvers!

Students journey through the complex world of business problem solving by weighing potential risks and rewards and tracking the outcome of their choices.

Session Objectives:

  • Apply the business problem-solving process
  • Recognize that there are potential risks and rewards to business decisions

Session Five: My Region in the World

Students demonstrate the supply chain through a hands-on manufacturing and trade experience.

Session Objectives:

  • Recognize the interdependence of resource providers, businesses, and consumers
  • Apply the supply chain to a manufacturing example

All JA programs are designed to support the skills and competencies identified by the Partnership for 21st Century Skills. These programs also augment school-based, work-based, and connecting activities for communities with school-to-work initiatives.

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