Stocks- Tracking My Gains and Losses (Pretend to Invest in a Share of Stock)
In this must have activity, students learn first hand how to go about investing in stock in a company. In brief, students will choose a company to pretend to invest in. They are then going to pretend to buy one share of stock in that company. For two weeks, students will track that company to see how the company is doing. Students will use Google Finance for this activity. They can access it from a computer or their cell phone. Students will start about by using the site to find the current stock buying price for their chosen company. They will calculate commission, etc. They will then visit the site each day for two weeks to find the Change number to see how their company is doing- gaining/losing money. Each day they will have to recalculate to see how they are doing and then get a final number at the end. They then need to reflect on whether or not they made or lost money and how the last two weeks went.
This is an excellent activity to do in a Personal Finance course when finishing up a unit on stock investing. It gives the students a real world/hands on experience. It teaches them how to read stock quotes, track how a company is doing, etc. For fun you can make it a competition and offer a small reward to the student's whose company does the best!
The handout explains the assignment, how to use Google Finance, and a detailed set-up for them to track their share of stock in their chosen company for two weeks. A NO PREP activity.
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