So they can make fiscally sound decisions as adults, students need to be taught about how money and stocks affect the economy. But it's complicated to understand and can be hard to teach.
This unique unit takes it step-by-step, scaffolding the information so that students have a comprehensive understanding of how money is made and lost in the stock market. The series of lessons teach students about investing in the stock market starting with an investigation into the various ways money can be made, moving into exactly what stocks are all about, then setting up a class competition to see who can make the most money. Students work both independently and in groups throughout the unit. The unit can also be modified for use as a school or global class competition, or for use with home schooled students.
Technology skills are focused on during the entire unit. Not only is the online tool Google Docs utilized (or Excel/other spreadsheet programs), but also students use Wikipedia, Ed Puzzle, and real stock market websites. They learn to find specific companies' share prices and analyze graphs showing stock trends. Spreadsheets are designed, and graphs made.
Especially appropriate for middle school students, this unit can be used in upper elementary and high school. It includes step-by-step lessons, 2 vocabulary lists, 17 handouts & worksheets, Google Doc Spreadsheet templates, assessments, and answer keys to all.
1. Stock Market Game Intro
2. How Do People Make Money?
3. Game Set Up - Pick Partners & Set Up Groups
4. How the Stock Market Works
5. Finding Out What You Like to Buy
6. Finding Publically Traded Companies
7. Finding Out the Price of a Share
8. Finding Out The Price of a Share of Students' Favorite Stocks
9. Groups Pick Their Stock Companies
10. Tracking Stock Progress
11. Selling Day - Game OVER! - Wrap Up
Created by Kateri J. Davis, Birdhouse Publications, 2016.