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4thgrProgram Overview

Through hands-on classroom activities, JA Our Region® introduces Fourth-Grade students to entrepreneurship and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives, including regions, resources, and supply chains.

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

  • Differentiate between entrepreneurial skills they have and those they would like to acquire.
  • Recognize how entrepreneurs use resources (human, capital, natural) to
    produce goods and services in a region.
  • Describe the skills and tasks, an entrepreneur must master to start a
    successful business.
  • Explain how trade leads to economic interdependence among nations.

Please note: The information on this page relates to 2016/17 program materials. For some schools, we are also using materials from the previous version of the program. If you are using those materials and would like to view training videos, click here.

Session Overviews & Objectives

Session One – Be an Entrepreneur

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


  • Recognize the impact entrepreneurs have on a region.
  • Apply traits that are common to successful entrepreneurs to their own skills and abilities.

Session Two – Resources: Tools for Entrepreneurs

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


  • Define natural, human, and capital resources.
  • Describe how products and services use resources.

Session Three – Hot Dog Stand Game

Overview: Students learn the fundamental tasks performed by a business owner.


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

Session Four – Entrepreneurs Solve Problems

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


  • Demonstrate the problem solving process.
  • Identify the potential risks and rewards in making business decisions.

Session Five – Entrepreneurs Go Global

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


  • Apply the supply chain to a manufacturing example.
  • Explain how resource providers, businesses, and consumers are interdependent.

Program Basics

Includes a series of five sessions recommended for students in fourth grade.

  • Average time for each session is 45 minutes.
  • Materials are packaged in a self-contained kit that includes detailed plans for the volunteer and materials for 32 students.
  • Emphasis on entrepreneurs and the role of regional resources in production.
  • Session-specific, age-appropriate materials included to increase student interaction and emphasize JA’s experiential approach to learning.
  • Correlates to state social studies, English, and math standards, as well as the Common Core State Standards in English/Language Arts and mathematics.

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

Concepts—Advertising, business fundamentals, capital resources, entrepreneur, entrepreneur characteristics, expense, finance tracking, goods and services, human resources, innovation, interdependence, loss, manufacturing, natural resources, price, products, profit, region, resources, revenue, risk and reward, services, supply, supply chain, trade, traits, transportation

Skills—Analyzing a diagram, analyzing information, assembling parts, categorizing data, cooperative trading, decision making, evaluating alternatives, following directions, mathematics, oral and written communication, presenting information, problem solving, reading for understanding, working in pairs, working in groups

Online Resources and Training Videos

  1. Go to: learn.ja.org
  2. Login: gradefour.volunteer1
  3. Password: P@rent
  4. Under My Programs, click JA Our Region Resources – JASWCT-Our Region-Demo.

Various digital assets are available. Please note: the digital assets are for optional use.