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2ndgrProgram Overview

Through hands-on classroom activities, JA Our Community® introduces Second-Grade students to the intersection of work readiness and early elementary grades social studies learning objectives, including how citizens benefit from and contribute to a community’s success. Topics include careers, product production, innovation, earnings, taxes, government, money, business, and decision making.

Following participation in the program, students will be able to:

  • Describe a community.
  • Identify the variety of careers people have in a community and how each job requires specific skills.
  • Identify how business and government jobs help a community.
  • Explain how taxation supports government services.
  • Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens’ act and contribute to meet a community’s needs.
  • Describe the flow of money in a community’s economy.

Session Overviews & Objectives

Session One – People in a Community Work Together

Overview: Students learn what a community is and the variety of jobs that people have in a community.

Objectives
The students will be able to:

  • Describe a community.
  • State how people contribute to and benefit from a community.
  • Identify the variety of jobs in a community and how each requires specific skills.

Session Two – Sweet “O” Donuts

Overview: Students learn that workers who produce goods and services earn money for their work.

Objectives
The students will be able to:

  • Define the terms produce, product, production, goods, and services.
  • Apply innovation to the production process.
  • Explain that people in a community earn money be performing work.

Session Three – Business and Government Jobs

Overview: Students explore how the money earned for work moves through a community and the impact that money has on people, business, and government.

Objectives
The students will be able to:

  • Locate businesses and identify government careers.
  • Explain how taxation supports government services.

Session Four – Let’s Vote

Overview: Students participate in a decision that benefits their school community. They vote to express their choice and to determine the will of the majority.

Objectives
The students will be able to:

  • Apply a decision-making process.
  • Recognize voting as a way responsible citizens act and contribute to meet a community’s needs.

Session Five – Money Moves in a Community

Overview: Students learn about money and how it moves through a community.

Objectives
The students will be able to:

  • Identify coins and money terms.
  • Describe how money flows through a community’s economy.

Program Basics

  • Includes a series of five sessions recommended for students in second grade.
  • Average time for each session is 40 minutes.
  • Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 30 students.
  • Students develop a sense of career awareness and how all jobs help a community.
  • Session-specific, age-appropriate materials increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.
  • Correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards, as well as to the Common Core State Standards in English language arts and mathematics.

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

Concepts: Businesses, Careers, Citizenship, Coins, Community, Government, Innovation, Jobs, Production, Goods and services, Needs and wants, Skills, Taxes, Voting

Skills: Creativity, Critical thinking, Collaboration, Decision making, Idea development, Making choices, Map reading, Problem solving, Role-playing, Speaking and listening, Teamwork


Training Videos

Courtesy of Junior Achievement of South Dakota: