Better than Christmas, JA Day is when volunteers from UNUM come and teach our students a lesson on community and economics.
I have only experienced JA Day as a second grade teacher, so this was a new experience for me in first grade. My favorite part of the JA experience is that the lessons prepared are based on Tennessee State Standards. Each lesson has 4-5 activities that keep students engaged and teach students about the importance of community and economics, while using educational vocabulary and using Best Teaching Practices.
Plus, I don't have to "teach" a thing! Everything is prepared, packaged, and brought to the classrooms! In other words... A.W.E.S.O.M.E!!!
Meet our "teacher" for the day... Mr. White!
The lesson started with a booklet and stickers. Students read the booklet and placed the stickers where they matched.
Next, Mr. White put up a poster of a community and had my class compare and contrast the poster with their communities. (And the poster matched the outside of our booklet!)
My students made this list of NEEDS:
Clothes, food, and a home (a place to stay warn and dry) I tried to add chocolate, but my students wouldn't let me.
Their list of WANTS:
Xbox 360, skates, pets, fancy clothes, and my chocolate
But, in order to buy our needs and wants, one must have a job. We talked about what our plans are for our future jobs. We made a list of possible occupations and students drew and wrote about where they see themselves at the ripe, old age of 25.
Working hard!Looking around, I found that I have quite a few future teachers in my classroom!
Pointing out the school where she will work.
Below, we have a lawyer:
(now, I usually don't condone drawings of violence, but the student explained that it's all in the line of duty)
After this activity we went to lunch. After lunch and recess, we came back and worked on map skills.
All in all, it was a rockin' awesome day! My students enjoyed themselves, and didn't even realize that they learned something! (I do love tricking students into learning!)
Each student earned a Certificate of Achievement, a magnet, a pencil, and a piece of candy.