Young AmeriTowne Curriculum

The Young AmeriTowne curriculum includes  lessons in eight themes which are mapped to Colorado Content Standards and Personal Financial Literacy Standards as well as to Common Core Standards.  Included in these lessons are hands-on activities that teach in a fun, experiential way.  All of this learning prepares students for the culminating day where they will run Young AmeriTowne.

When you sign up for a Young AmeriTowne program, you will receive a web link and a password to access the Young AmeriTowne curriculum.  Lessons are delivered by teachers at school before students attend Young AmeriTowne.  The curriculum includes 21 lessons that are required, as well as 22 additional lessons which teachers can use to enhance student learning and success.  Most lessons can be taught in 40 minutes.

Teachers are encouraged to attend a day-long teacher orientation, which will explain program mechanics and will offer ideas for integrating the curriculum into the classroom. Program materials, including student workbooks, student debit cards and parent newsletters are provided at orientation.

Curriculum Themes

Basic Economics

  • Economic Process/Free Enterprise System
  • Choices and Decisions
  • Supply and Demand

Banking

Money Management

  • Budgeting
  • Investing
  • Saving

Government

  • How Government Works
  • Developing Laws
  • Voting, Campaigns and Elections

Communications

  • Advertising
  • Skills Assessment/Job Applications
  • Interviewing Skills

Philanthropy

  • Ethics and Philanthropy

Business Preparation

Students prepare for their day in Young AmeriTowne by holding staff meetings and training for their Towne positions as Managers, Accountants, Service and Salespeople, Quality Control Specialists, and Media Specialists.

Closing Activities

Conducted back at school, these lessons evaluate business profitability and test concepts learned.

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