1st Grade

JA Our Families (1st Grade)

JA Our Families introduces students to entrepreneurship and how family members' jobs and businesses contribute to the well-being of the family.


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. 

Key Learning Objectives:

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

Session Two: Our Families' Needs and Wants

Students become aware that all families must have food, clothing and shelter to live. They begin to understand the difference between a need and a want.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Categorize needs and wants.
  2. Explain the differences 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

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

Session Four: Businesses in Our Neighborhoods 

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Interpret map symbols.
  2. Identify the goods or services businesses provide.

Session Five: Our New Business

Students become entrepreneurs and start their own businesses.

Key Learning Objectives:

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

JA Our Families enhances students'

  • Concepts: business, choices, consumers, earning, economic incentives, economic institutions, employment, family, human resources, incentives, income, interdependence, jobs, money, needs, resources, scarcity, skills, spending, tools, voluntary exchange, wants, work.
  • Skills: analyzing information, decision-making, differentiating, drawing, following directions, interpreting symbols, listening responsively, making observations, map reading, matching, recognizing symbols, sequencing, teamwork.

JA Our Families is a series of five activities recommended for students in first grade. The average time for each session is 30 minutes. Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed session plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.

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.

For more information about this program, read the Program Summary.

To see how this program correlates to California State Education Standards and the Common Core Standards, click here.