You have told your students what trading on the floor of a major stock exchange like the New York Stock Exchange is like. Now let them experience some of the excitement for themselves. In this activity, students act as traders trying to accumulate all outstanding shares of a corporation in order to take it over. The first one to do so wins.
Students will gain an understanding of shares of stock as shares of ownership of a corporation, the strategy of corporate takeovers through buying out a majority interest, and bear and bull markets.
I have used this game in my Consumer Education classes each semester for the last ten years and they LOVE it. The rules are not complicated, but I do one practice round with them before we start keeping score for real. By that second round they are ready for action and game play can get a little more cutthroat with each successive round!
This would be a good activity for any class that covers investing or the stock market, including Consumer Education, Economics, or even American History or Government. Ideally, students will already have a basic understanding of stock, but that could also be part of your introduction to the game.
The file includes detailed instructions as well as complete printable deck of 141 game cards. There are enough cards for up to sixteen players. If you have more than sixteen students, just make two decks and divide your students up into two separate games.
The only other equipment required is
-A table (or cluster of desks) large enough for all of your students to fit around,
-A market "bell," which could be an actual bell or just a stapler with no staples in it, and
-A whiteboard or notepad or somewhere else to keep a score tally.