This Stock Market activity is a great way to introduce the power of money to your middle school students. This bundle combines the power of the stock market with a packet for students to see whether or not doing well in school and getting a college degree is worth it for them financially. Economics is a subject that can be fun for students to learn when they see how the choices they make regarding money directly apply to their lives. The two products in this bundle do just that!
The Economics of College – Is a Degree Worth It?
I use this product every year with my 8th grade students near the end of the year when they are about to embark on their journey to high school. Many of them are on the fence about school or simply don't see the value in their education. Their eyes are opened pretty quick when they see how much money they are giving up by not pursuing an education, or worse, by choosing to drop out of high school.
This activity has students doing math that directly applies to their future. Students will calculate how much money, according the U.S. Census, a person makes at varying levels of education. Those levels are:
-Not Graduating High School
-High School Graduate
-Some College - No Degree
For each level, students will find out the average lifetime income, the hourly rate, and the difference of income based on the different levels of education for American males and females.
This activity has always worked well for me in encouraging students to do their best in school -- their financial future depends on it!
The Economics of the Stock Market – Fun Class Investing Contest!
This Stock Market investment activity uses the NASDAQ American Stock Exchange web site and has never failed me in getting even the most reluctant students to participate! If you are looking for a great activity to keep your students active and engaged this one hasn't failed me yet.
Each student is given "$50,000" and has to invest in 10 different corporations. This activity is done in "real-time" and truly helps them make connections to the economy they are a part of. You can decide how long you would like the activity to last or modify the lesson in any way you feel meets your classroom needs. I usually do this activity for 3 days. One introduction day, one purchasing day, and one selling day on the last day of school. I have 7th and 8th graders and they love it!
I've done this activity where we start this activity during the first week of school, half-way through the year, at the beginning of a new quarter or even just as a three week activity. Lately I've been starting this activity before we get into the Great Depression portion of our history class.
I have included VERY detailed instructions for you to follow in case you don't have the strongest background with technology.
To have this activity work successfully you need to:
1. Have access to a computer lab
2. Save the file in a location where students can access it
3. Have students save the file via own flash drive or network folder
I recommend trying this activity for yourself first so you can help assist students when it is time for them to participate in the activity.
For a great deal on 5 Economics products check out this bundle!
The Economics of Checks, Budgets, Stocks, College, and Savings - 5 Activities!
Check out my other Economics products:
ECONOMICS FOR MIDDLE SCHOOL
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