Our Nation Program

Program Implementation

Classroom Based

Age Range


Grade Level

elementary school


little knowledge

Financial Literacy


Work Readiness

High knowledge

About Program

Our Nation introduces fifth-grade students to the intersection of work readiness and upper elementary grades social studies learning objectives. Through hands-on classroom activities, the program provides students with practical information about the nation’s free market system and how it serves as an economic engine for businesses and careers. The curriculum also introduces the need for entrepreneurial and innovative thinking to meet the requirements of high-growth, high-demand careers and the concept of globalization in business.Our Nation is a series of five required sessions and one optional supplemental session recommended for students in fifth grade. Each session is 45 minutes in length. 

Program Concepts

Businesses, careers, career clusters, collaboration, communication, competition, competitor, consumer, critical thinking, engineering, employees, employers, entrepreneur, free market economy, global economy, goods and services, human capital, innovation, invention, interdependence, job specialization, opportunity cost, product, producer, profit, resume, skills, technology, work readiness

Program Skills

Analyzing occupations, analyzing information, brainstorming, creative thinking, collaboration, communication, decision making, estimating, following written instructions, interpersonal skills, interpreting economic issues, map reading, organizing information, prioritizing, problem solving, reasoning, speaking and listening, STEM skills, teamwork, working cooperatively, working in pairs, written communication

Program Sessions

Students are introduced to the nation’s free market system and how it supports businesses and careers.

Students experience how entrepreneurial thinking can spur new businesses and the opportunity for future income.

Students examine career groups and the skills needed for a variety of careers.

Students identify important work-readiness soft skills necessary for career success.

Students explore how the national economy is connected to the global economy.