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Quickie Stock Market Simulation

Quickie Stock Market Simulation
Quickie Stock Market Simulation
Quickie Stock Market Simulation
Quickie Stock Market Simulation
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This assignment is designed to take only one day, and is for a short introduction to the stock market for grades 5-8.

This is a VERY fun an interactive lesson! My 7th students absolutely loved it and wanted to keep trying it again and again. It was fun to watch them light up as they started to get a small idea of what investing in the stock market really means!

Students open up an Excel file--which uses macros, so be sure to enable them. At the push of a button, 5 random stocks are chosen from a hidden list of 100. The students decide how much to invest in each stock, then go to the following year and see if their stocks went up or down. Then they may buy and sell. The information includes actual stock prices from 2011 to 2015, so there is a great element of reality to the assignment. Finally, students will look up their stocks and their current prices online to see what their portfolio is worth today. A final score is given on how much they increased their assets in the five-year period.

The file also includes a finished example, and a step by step video for the teacher to explain exactly how it works. SUCH a fun lesson!

*** UPDATE***

I have updated the file to include several improvements:
2016 is now included. Students will track 2011 - 2016 to today's date.
Three companies were replaced because they have been bought out since 2010 and no longer exist (i.e., Time Warner, Pep Boys, etc)
Students who make over $1200 will get a "check" on their paper, indicating to the teacher to check their page and make sure there is no errors or cheating--it's just really hard to make that much!
Columns have been widened, so if you want to invest more than $500 to start, the columns will accommodate larger numbers. If you invest more than $500, ignore the "check" option and count it as a "complete."
Print area has been set so students who print the "today" page will only print a blank page

The instruction videos and example have NOT been updated, but the assignment is still the same so it shouldn't really matter. Re-download if you have already purchased for the updated version!

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Stock Market Unit Lesson 3 - Stock Market Vocabulary
Stock Market Unit Lesson 4 - Investopedia Simulation

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Answer Key
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Teaching Duration
45 minutes
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