A Look at the Redeveloped JA Our Nation!

JA Our Nation is Junior Achievement's fifth grade program, which is typically delivered in five, 45-minute sessions. In this redeveloped program, there is a list of how each session supports the Common Core Standards at the beginning of the volunteer and teacher guide.

JA Our Nation also has a supplemental session, which could be delivered as an optional sixth session, if needed. The supplemental sixth session further explores free enterprise. The students learn to identify the three ways businesses are organized. The old JA Our Nation had a CD Rom in the kit, but now the game is updated and is accessible online. The STEM BOT simulation contains several interactive games within it. There is a technology puzzle where you get to be a game programmer and you have to develop code that controls game actions.

There's also a series of Sudoku math puzzle you have to solve and in yet another game, you get to be a scientist and you have to use the scientific method and the process of elimination to figure out which flower traits attract the Mugly Bug!

Students get to participate in a Career Hunt, answering specific questions with information on Career Cluster Trading Cards. Going on a quest to discover more about careers, the students discover which jobs require special degrees or training and the average salaries of certain careers. JA teaches work readiness and behavioral skills such as what is required to land a job. The students review a simple resume and through playing the Get and Keep the Job! Board game, they collect the soft skills employers are looking for.JA USA brought the redeveloped program more in line with current social studies standards. The program introduces students to the free market system, which is a social studies standard for many fifth grade classrooms.

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