JA Global Marketplace®

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JA Global Marketplace takes students on a spin around the world. Students learn the products they use every day, like their backpacks and sneakers, might use raw material from one country, be assembled in another, and sold from Peking to Chicago. The program helps students understand how goods flow through various economies and the effect globalization has on their lives. (Grades 6-8)

Pillars of Student Success Entrepreneurship:
Moderate
Financial Literacy:
Moderate
Work Readiness:
Moderate
Program Implementation Program Grade-Level
Classroom Based Grades 6-8
Program Concepts Program Skills
Trade, Market, Domestic trade, International trade, Exports, Trade barrier, Quota, Subsidy, Embargo, Tariff, Standard, Business practices, Culture, Franchise, Global trade, Immigrate, Emigrate, Entrepreneurship, Human resources, Productivity, Technology, Exchange rates, Currency Interpreting maps, charts, and globes, Oral and written communication, Working in groups, Gathering and organizing information, Critical reading, Persuasion, compromise, and bargaining, Analyzing points of view, Brainstorming, Critical thinking, Math calculations

Program Sessions

Activity One: "X" Marks the Spot

Working in groups to identify imported items found throughout the classroom, students begin to recognize that trade with other countries affects their daily lives. Students understand that international trade occurs when nations want or need resources or services from other countries because they themselves cannot satisfy those needs and wants at reasonable costs.



Activity Two: You Be The Judge

Students learn that nations use several methods to increase their trade benefits. Agreements with one or more countries often are made to facilitate trade and avoid conflict.



Activity Three: Let's Make a Deal

Students work in groups to identify and understand the business practices used in other countries. Students discover that business practices vary from country to country and that understanding these practices can have a positive impact on trade.



Activity Four: People Power

Students discover how the movement of people facilitates international trade. They discuss examples of immigration and gain insight into the lives of immigrants through creative activities. They learn that economic opportunity often is the driving force behind immigration and global trade.



Activity Five: World of Words

Students discover how advances in communication and transportation have improved productivity and facilitated world trade. From moveable type to the Internet, students trace the international flow of information and its impact on world economies.



Students discover how advances in communication and transportation have improved productivity and facilitated world trade. From moveable type to the Internet, students trace the international flow of information and its impact on world economies.

To participate in international trade, businesses and individuals must be able to purchase goods and services from each other. Students will learn that countries have different currencies with different values. To purchase goods from another country, it usually is necessary to use that country's currency. Some European countries have facilitated the exchange process by adopting the euro as a common currency.



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