Chadwick Elementary students learn the ABC’s of economics


The fourth grade students at Chadwick Elementary School recently took a memorable trip to JA BizTown, an experiential program in Owings Mills that engages students through simulated economic decision making.

Junior Achievement of Central Maryland offers the learning experience to elementary students, encouraging them to learn about the free enterprise system by participating in a simulated town.

During the day, the Chadwick students assumed the role of adults in the JA BizTown community. Student experiences varied from working in a bank, a television station, or a retail store, to managing personal finance, writing checks and accounting.


Students prepared for this exciting trip by learning about check deposits, the rights and responsibilities of citizens, and about how to write newspaper articles and advertisements to sell their products.  They went through the process of seeking out these positions by looking through the classified ads, filling out job applications, and even going on job interviews.

At the end of the experience, the Chadwick students realized the relationship between what they have been learning in school and their successful participation in a simulated economy.

Story and photos submitted by Melinda Becker, Good News Ambassador and grade 5 teacher at Chadwick Elementary School.
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