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Grade 5 BizTown

Biz Town Learning JourneyAll Milwaukee Public Schools fifth grade students will visit Junior Achievement's BizTown at the JA of Wisconsin Kohl’s Education Center. At Junior Achievement's BizTown, students will experience life as an adult when they apply knowledge they have learned in class to participate in an interactive, simulated town operating one of 15 businesses. This experience will enhance their understanding of free enterprise and increase their knowledge of how a local economy works. The lessons that lead up to the visit at BizTown can be taught during the social studies allotted time frame and are aligned to the state standards.

Visitation Date

Fifth grade social studies teachers must attend a curriculum training session prior to the assigned Learning Journey date. New teachers are required to attend training at the Junior Achievement Kohl's Education Center prior to being assigned a Learning Journey date. New teachers will be provided with a curriculum guide at the training for their corresponding Learning Journey. Returning teachers are required to take an online survey and training to help guide them through any new aspects of the curriculum and receive classroom materials. If you or another teacher needs to attend training, you may contact Jennie Ekstein, social studies curriculum specialist, at

Date assignments will be sent directly to school principals via Smartsheet for confirmation prior to the Learning Journey. This Learning Journey takes place throughout the academic year.

Students per Visitation Day

Prior to arrival, teachers should review the checklist provided by Junior Achievement to ensure that all students are prepared for the simulation. All students should have a name tag with their first name (business name and position title are optional). Each student should know his or her job position and account number for the BizTown simulation.


Volunteers should complete online volunteer training prior to simulation day and arrive at JA BizTown one hour prior to simulation start. At least 17 volunteers are needed. If you are sharing a day with another school, you will need fewer volunteers. Please enquire with JA staff for further information.

JA BizTown volunteer online training:

Length of Visit

All simulations are scheduled to begin at 9:00 a.m. (9:30 a.m. for late schools). All schools should plan to eat lunch on the premises. Beverages are available at JA BizTown. Lunches and outerwear will be collected and securely stored on the premises. Buses are scheduled for departure from JA at 1:30 p.m. (2:00 p.m. for late schools) Note: Plan accordingly for an approximately 30- to 45-minute bus ride.

Cost to Schools

This Learning Journey is provided free to all MPS fifth grade students. Student admission costs and programming as well as teacher and chaperone admissions will be paid by MPS Central Services. Transportation will be paid for and arranged on the schools' behalf by MPS Central Services. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Schools cannot charge students for busing.

Bus Information

Transportation will be arranged and paid for by MPS Central Services on the schools' behalf. Schools cannot charge students for busing. Transportation details will be sent to teachers and principals via Smartsheet. Questions regarding transportation or requests for special accommodations, such as wheelchair or walker needs, should be directed to Mary Grant, Learning Journeys planning assistant, at

School Responsibility

Teachers will need to distribute field trip permission slips and JA's parental consent letter for this Learning Journey. Each teacher must review all BizTown simulation curricular materials provided to them prior to the Learning Journey.

Additional Resources

MPS Foundation


Michelle Wade
Social Studies Manager
Phone: 414-475-8090

Mary E. Grant
CAO Planning Assistant III/Learning Journeys
Phone: 414-475-8614

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