Junior Achievement (JA) BizTown – 5th Grade
The School District of New Berlin piloted the JA BizTown® curriculum and town visit in 2013-14 with Elmwood Elementary School 5th grade students. In 2014-15, the district expanded BizTown® to 5th graders at all four SDNB elementary schools, thanks to the help of a grant from Kohls Cares Field Trip grant program.
The Junior Achievement of Wisconsin's BizTown® program combines classroom lessons with a daylong visit to an interactive, simulated town with a City Hall, restaurant, newspaper, radio station, banks, retail stores, utility companies and other businesses.
The classroom lessons introduce topics that include entrepreneurship; goods and services; producers and consumers; supply and demand; opportunity costs; taxes; spending and saving; banking concepts; writing a resume; applying for jobs and creating a business plan. The curriculum provides students a foundation for their understanding of financial literacy at a time when many students are transitioning from asking a parent to purchase things to having some personal financial responsibility.
Students apply, interview and are hired for jobs to perform at BizTown®. During the daylong visit, students serve as workers, producers and consumers, run businesses, do banking, earn paychecks, serve as mayor, vote and much more. The interactive exercise bridges understanding between what they learned in the classroom and their participation in the local economy.