4th Grade

JA Our Region (4th Grade)

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, and they solve problems by weighing risks and potential rewards. JA classroom volunteers show how resources are combined to create goods and services.

Session One: Am I an Entrepreneur?

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

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize the impact entrepreneurs have on a community or a region.
  2. 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Recognize natural, human, and capital resources.
  2. 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Explain the importance of keeping an accurate account of a business financial information.
  2. Track the revenue and expenses of a business.
  3. 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

  1. Apply the business problem-solving process.
  2. 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.

Key Learning Objectives:

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

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

  • Concepts: advertising, business fundamentals, capital resources, entrepreneur, entrepreneur characteristics, expense, finance tracking, human resources, inventory, loss, manufacturing, natural resources, price, products, profit, region, resources, revenue, reward, risk, services, supply, supply chain, trade, transportation.
  • Skills: analyzing information, categorizing data, decision making, evaluating alternatives, following directions, mathematics, oral and written communication, reading for understanding, working in pairs and groups.

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